I thought of a great idea on my way home... What if i install two pieces of angle iron to hold tuner plates and water boxes? Then flip the smoke stack around?
You may have just used the wrong term., but I don't want to see you make a mistake, so let me just make your clear on this..
- Tuner plates are used in a regular offset smoker, these are usually 4' to 10' wide flat plates under the cooking grate used to distribute the heat more evenly. The heat still comes through the gaps between the plates and the exhaust pipe will still be on the opposite end from the firebox.
- Reverse flow plate can either be a flat plate or a dished water pan, but the key thing is its solid with no air gaps. The heated air has to travel all the way to the end of the plate before it can rise before it turns around and heads back towards the exhaust pipe located at the firebox end of the cook chamber. There can be some slight leakage around the plate, but your really going to want 95% of the heated air making it all the way to the end of the plate for this type of smoker to breath and perform properly.
With that said and we are clear on terminology;
I like my original suggestion, its easy and makes for a real nice smoker/grill/ combo unit. You could even put a couple pipe burners on that end as well.
But for each their own and if you really want to do a removable charcoal pan, water pan, etc, plate of some sort. My best suggestion would be to keep it a normal offset smoker and just add some tuning plates. Tuning plates would be much easier to remove than what you would need for a reverse flow plate in that size smoker to make it worth while. And they would be easier to store when not in use.