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No fire box on my stick burner

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I just bought a used homemade wood burning smoker in rough shape. I patched some rust spots and now I'm ready to use it. I do not have a external fire box but I have a lift gate/access door where I can build a fire on one side in the bottom. Everything I've seen has external fire boxes and I was just curious about mine operating ok without. I have built a fire in it and have played around with controlling my temp and that I had no problem with. I just didn't know what the cons would be of having the fire inside instead of externally
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Here is a picture of the smoker and on the bottom closest end you can see where the fire is built
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If you can control the heat and smoke, what else do you need... a cold one maybe.....
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With no separate firebox I consider it indirect grilling with some nice added smoke flavor. I have been using a cheapo wally world smoker that I burned the firebox off of and cooking everything in the indirect method adding some wood for flavor.
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I would at least add a deflector plate to channel the grease away from the fire so you dont have a grease fire on your hands

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That sounds like a great idea
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