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I just found this wonderful site a few days ago and I am hooked! I can not believe the wealth of knowledge on this site! I just started smoking a year or two ago, and my father just built me this cooker this past Christmas. Come to find out it is all wrong based on everything from this site. Mainly the firebox is way to small as well as the chimney is way to small. I need to make some mods without my father getting upset. He lives in FL and I am in VA so I will only see him once or twice a year... It may be a year+ until he sees it. 


This is currently a grill/smoker. I love the idea of an RF build. I think this would be a pretty simple modification by adding the larger fire box, changing the smoke stake and adding the RF plate & drain. 


My questions is once the RF plate is installed, can you use this for a grill as well with a removable charcoal rack above the RF plate? I am assuming yes if i put some air vents that could close in the back/front for a supply to the charcoal?





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welcome1.gif to SMF!!! We're happy you found us! You've come to the right place, we have over 50,000 members who just love to share their experience and over 1,000,000 posts describing it! Yea that’s right over 1,000,000!

The search bar at the top can be your best friend when you are trying to find answers to your questions but you can still ask too if you want!

We have an Articles section that is full of great information about smoking to include a lot of recipes and instructionals. Check it out there is a lot to learn in there!

You might want to check out Jeff's Free 5 day E-Course, it will teach you all the basics plus a whole lot more!

You should post your questions in our "Smoker Builds" forum, you will get a lot more help over there!
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Rmenasco, I'm right across the hump from you in Elkton.  I just found this site a few days ago myself and I have already learned a bunch.  Good luck on your modifications and hope it goes well with your dad.

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Nice! I am not far from you either.

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I'm actually about an hour south east of Charlottesville Steve 1966 where are you from?

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Great looking rig!  Welcome to the forum..

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Welcome to the forums! Glad you've joined us. You've found a great place to learn and share ideas on our favorite pastimes...grilling, smoking, and curing great food! There are lots of friendly and knowledgeable folks here who really enjoy helping one another. Just ask any time you need help and you'll get plenty! There are some real handy folks who can answer your technical questions over in the smoker builds/RF forum.

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welcome1.gif to SMF!  We are so glad you joined us! Sweet Rig!


If you didn't read the Terms of Service notes.....please do.  There are a few things that everyone should know about those pesky little rules before plunging into the forums. Rule #11......"Off Site Links are not allowed here at SMF" is something new. There are other simple guidelines for all of us to remember as we interact here.


If you need any help roaming around here in SMF....just give me a shout.  Happy to help any time!



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I am from Lynchburg.

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welcome1.gif from up north! grilling_smilie.gif
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Glad you joined the group. The search bar at the top of any page is your best friend.
About anything you wanna know about smoking/grilling/curing/brining/cutting or slicing
and the list goes on has probably been posted. Remember to post a QVIEW of your smokes.
We are all smoke junkies here and we have to get our fix. If you have questions Post it
and you will probably get 10 replies with 11 different answers. That is because their
are so many different ways to make great Q We all have our own taste.

Happy smoken.


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