Photo's of mods so far on CGSP. I'm real happy with it so far!
I was actually smoking some food when I took this photos. Fire going in sfb with just enough smoke.
But in photo's it looks like I don't even have a fire going, because smoke was so thin that when I opened lid for photo, it disappeared.
Chimney extended down to just above grate level.
I need to put a hook or screw to hold it from touching my therm. That touching may have affected my reading on that side.
High temp stove rope in channel held in place with bead of Red RTV around lid works real well!
Used sealant between sfb and chamber, but just a small unbroken bead about 1/8" thick around the bolt holes and the cutout.
I kept the bead about 3/4" from any edges so it wouldn't squish out. If you look closely, you'll see two tiny spots of sealant near edge.
No smoke leaking at all from here.
Using Red RTV I mounted rope to back of lower barrel for top lid to seal onto when closed.
Was able to hold these temps steady for about 3 hours
with this small fire. I did add lump and dry maple branch for smoke from time to time, but it pretty much stayed this size throughout.
This was actually near the end of cooking. Notice the damper wide open. Just trying to milk that last bit of heat out. Most of the cook I had it opened about 1/3. I can't wait until I get my basket made for it and see how long my burns and temps last then.
to cook these Beans and Scalloped Potatoes fully. You can't see it but the potatoes were actually bubbling hot!
I smoked some sausage too, but didn't get a pic of them before I put them in fridge to cool. sorry
TBS (Thin Blue Smoke) just like it should be, with no leaks!
Over all it has performed better than I expected even with mods. I'm very pleased so far.
I can't wait to see how long, and what temps I can hold for length of time, after I get my expanded steel basket made.
Hopefully this next week sometime.
DaveInFlorida.... I hope this helps you out a bit. Notice how little "RED" you see.
Edited by fpmich - 9/24/13 at 12:51am