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post #21 of 32
Thread Starter 
Looks like even with the dividers the radiant heat is lighting coals.


Maybe a better way to go is a 3/4 to 1/4 ratio of unlit to lit coals with no divider.
post #22 of 32
We'll it would be easy now just to set something in between the expanded metal dividers you already have, wounded if crushed beer cans stuffed in there would work?

Anybody know if aluminum would put off anything bad at these temps?
post #23 of 32
Thread Starter 
Giving it another go. Only left one divider in to help contain the coals and filled the rest with briquettes and lump. Seems to be doing better but it's too soon to tell how long it will burn. On another note, I definitely need a new temp gauge. Smoker was reading 325 but the oven temp gauge inside, just under the smoker gauge, reads between 225-250. Don't know which one to trust!
post #24 of 32
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Originally Posted by SmokinGunny View Post

Giving it another go. Only left one divider in to help contain the coals and filled the rest with briquettes and lump. Seems to be doing better but it's too soon to tell how long it will burn. On another note, I definitely need a new temp gauge. Smoker was reading 325 but the oven temp gauge inside, just under the smoker gauge, reads between 225-250. Don't know which one to trust!


Wouldn't trust either.  Buy yourself a good digital and calibrate it with boiling water (212 degrees). 

post #25 of 32
Thread Starter 
I had the wife pick me up another oven thermometer today just to experiment. It's spot on with the smoker gauge, so at least I got that going for me. Still don't know if that's the actual temp. I'll get one of the digital set ups next time I cook.
post #26 of 32
Thread Starter 
Maybe it's the amount of coal I started off with, but I almost can't get this fire under control! Even with the damper closed all the way it's still trying to hit 300. I guess I'll learn how to use this basket through denial and error.
post #27 of 32
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Originally Posted by SmokinGunny View Post

Maybe it's the amount of coal I started off with, but I almost can't get this fire under control! Even with the damper closed all the way it's still trying to hit 300. I guess I'll learn how to use this basket through denial and error.

Yup.. If intake vent is closed.. that only means one thing... "Air Leaks" ... my chargriller does the same thing... until you can get leaks under control... your just gonna have to sin and close the exhaust down.... that's the only way I can keep mine down....
post #28 of 32
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Originally Posted by Dish View Post
 

 

Nice looking fire box.  I've always seen the plate spacers as solid steel so the coals will burn like a snake.  Try out your set up and please post how it works.  This is not my box showing it's just what I've seen people use.

Hi Dish,

 

Did you buy the plate spacers or did you fabricate them?

post #29 of 32

Sorry for the confusion but this isn't my basket.  I was just showing it as an example.  But anyways I think you can buy those plates online.

post #30 of 32
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Originally Posted by Dish View Post

Sorry for the confusion but this isn't my basket.  I was just showing it as an example.  But anyways I think you can buy those plates online.

Hi Dish,
Do those separators have a specific name that I can search for in GOOGLE?
post #31 of 32

Try doing a search on serpentine charcoal basket.

post #32 of 32

Thanks Dish!

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