Good Morning Everyone!
I just purchased a second hand (used once?) OKJ Highland smoker. For the price point (i paid 100 cad) I feel as if this was my best buy, I plan on building a horizontal offset smoker in the future, no time for that now.
Before i start using this thing, i plan on taking some of it apart, cleaning it down and doing a few simple modifications. I was hoping i could list a few things, and hopefully someone will chime in if theres a better option , I tried reading through this thread but i see that different people have results with different methods.
1. Sealing cracks, some are using high heat RTV (red stuff) whereas others are using some kind of fiberglass ? (is that correct?) Is one better than the other?
2. A plate on the bottom? Is this to reflect heat from the bottom to raise the internal temperature towards the cooking surface? Not sure I understand the purpose of this
3. A plate that closes the opening between the firebox and cook chamber? Again, I dont understand the purpose
4. Adding thermometers at the cooking rack level, makes sense, what are good thermometers to get for this?
5. a bit of ductwork to stop smoke from escaping the cook chamber so quickly
6. expanded metal basket for wood and charcoal
7. Sealing the doors, looks like felt gaskets burn out, 1/2" stove rope is too big, does anyone have success with anything that doesnt burn out?
8. Adding latches to keep the doors clamped shut (can someone let me know what these latches are called?)
Am i missing anything else? thanks in advance everyone, looking forward to setting this thing up :)