I just bought a Oklahoma Joe Longhorn smoker and want to do some upgrades. I did my research before I bought it and know about the air leak issues and such. Ive compiled a list of upgrades I want to make and am looking for some feedback on the best ways (and most inexpensive while effective) to do the upgrades.
#1) Tuning Plate: Best to buy one of these and install or fabricate myself? If its too much of a pain to fabricate which one is the best to purchase and where from?
#2) Sealing the leaks: Ive noted varying degree of air leaks after my burn in smoke of the smoker at the following places:
- Firebox cleaning door [major]
- Firebox access door [minor] (all around)
- Smokebox access door [moderate] (all around)
- Chimney joint that connects the chimney 90degree turn to the smoke box [moderate]
What is the best way to seal each of these?
#3) I installed a galvanized steel 3" 90degree elbow to lower the intake down to grate level in the smoke box, any suggested changes or is this good?
#4) I am thinking of getting 3 Tel-Tru thermometers, 1 on each side of the smoke box at grate level and 1 mounted on top of the smoke box with a 3" stem.
#5) Charcoal Basket for the firebox to hold the charcoal.
Anything else I should consider?
Thanks in advance!