I probably will not use the gaskets on the firebox door. I looked at it while I was curing a couple of days ago and I think it's OK. It's the cooking chamber and water doors that I want to seal.
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Finally got a chance to do the gaskets today. i am ready to smoke.
Just a quick question: I don't want to leave my smoker out in the rain. My wife thinks I am over-protective. I am having a covered patio built for it but it won't be done for a few weeks. Right now the smoker's in my garage. Does anybody leave theirs outside in the rain? I can't even find a cover for it on the Web or at Home Depot.
I love the smoker it works great for me, it uses a bit more fuel than I expected but that's ok. I'm thinking about investing in the pitmaster IQ120. I've done a few racks of ribs that turned out perfect, a few pork butts and a brisket and they all turned out great. The only issue that I have is taking it to higher temps above 275, which isn't a huge deal cause I do everything low and slow. But the gasket system and the door latches sealed it up wonderfully, haven't had any problems with leaks or anything
Do you think there is a way to get above 275? Do not really do anything hot and fast though so it may be ok
if you open the firebox door it climbs up pretty good, im doing research now on one of the pitmaster IQ110-120, im thinking with something designed to control temperature maybe it could get it up there. guess we will just have to wait and find out
When I was curing mine, I got it up to ~500F by fully opening both vents and opening the the firebox lid. I left both vents open and only opened the firebox lid for about a minute at a time. But it shot up there out of the box with no gaskets or modifications. Hope this helps.
LOL I am glad to see you posted this cause I was reading your post and was like ummm I may have only been smoking for about two years but that sounds like it would defeat the purpose of smoking
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Awesome thread guys!!! I plan on getting this smoker this weekend and ordering the gaskets/mods. Question I have is, what do you recommend using to make a basket for the coals/wood for the fire box. Materials, their size, and basket's dimensions and where to purchase. Thanks in advance!
So, now I'm wondering what the benefits of this modification are. Is the purpose to hold the coals/wood higher in the firebox so more air can get in?