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I'm thinking about building a double-barrel smoker. I hope I'm putting this in the right category, although it's not a UDS really, but it is barrels. SO, I've noticed that on most of the double barrel smokers, the flow vent that connects the lower firebox to the upper cook chamber is usually placed more to one end of the barrels. It seems that this might cause more fluctuation in heat from each side of the cook chamber. 

 

My idea is to put the vent in the center, and then place a bevel plate below the cooking racks, forcing the smoke to heat the bevel and travel to each side of the bevel plate into the rack area. The bevel plate would have a gap at each end for this. It's similar in the flow to a reverse flow in that aspect, but in this the smoke would come up each side of the bevel. Then, on the back of the upper barrel, in the center, have my exhaust.... so that it's not directly over my meat (condensation dripping down!!) 

 

Any thoughts or faults with this concept?

Thanks, in advance!!

post #2 of 6
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When I made this drawing...I had the exhaust on the side, but by the time I posted this thread...I changed it to center.

post #3 of 6

I've thought of something similar except putting the bottom barrel vertical.

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Originally Posted by Ferd66 View Post
 

I've thought of something similar except putting the bottom barrel vertical.

 

Yeah, I thought of this as well, but I found where someone had built one like this, and thought the longer firebox would be better. Only thing is...on theirs, they put the flow more to one side of the cook chamber instead of center. Seems like this would cook more to one side and have an extreme temperature drop on the other side. I figured if it was centered, and then a bevel plate put in where the smoke could go up either side of the bevel...it would be better. 

post #5 of 6

"the flow vent that connects the lower firebox to the upper cook chamber is usually placed more to one end of the barrels. It seems that this might cause more fluctuation in heat from each side of the cook chamber."

 

 

the reason its off to one side is to drag the heat and smoke to the otherside of the barrel via the top vent.....or you could spend a little more and put 2 vents in like i did

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amigo4182.....Nice looking smoker. Thanks for the input!

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