It all began in a Sears hardware store. They had various offset smokers for around $150, and One Fine Day they had this display smoker marked down to $100. I told my sister I wanted it, and she said, buy it. I said I would if it would fit in the Outback, and I had the manager help me load it. And so arrived the Good Neighbor.
I'm having a lot of fun with this rig, but of course it has some shortcomings. I've had to smoke them out, so to speak.
First, I've enjoyed using it in various modes. I can run it as an offset (my first) or I can cook direct in the firebox or in the cabinet.
Then, the mods began. I didn't like the way fuel could drop through the OEM grate wires, so I made a fire basket from the door of a dog crate
(retired tomato stakes as kindling FTW)
Then I cut up another one to make a grate for the cabinet
The Hibachi Simulator Mode
Now I'm working on a heat baffle. I looked for aluminum flashing but I saw this $3 piece of duct that was a near-perfect fit.
I ran it for a test smoke, and I need to improve the heat distribution. As it is now, too much heat goes through to the end. I'll close off the end and drill more holes.
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