So as the title reads I recently purchased a lightly used Original Stillwater for a great price, replacing my failing (read falling apart) Chinese made Brinkmann offset smoker.
After the cleaning and reseasoning I noticed a few leaks and have contacted the great people at www.BBQgaskets.com for some advice about what gaskets I should use in it. They were Amazingly responsive and helpful. Seriously suggest reaching out with questions BTW!
I am noticing, like many offset smokers, a serious hotspot near the firebox even how low the box is, the gauge of the steel and the small fire I had going. A water pan did not seem to make enough of a difference so now looking at a Convection plate modification many people seem to use Horizon Smoker's after market Convection plates, but I am having a heck of a time getting them to respond to email or return a call.
1) Will the 16" plate fit in the Brinkmann Stillwater? It looks like the measurements would work but hoping someone with experience could comment.
2) Is a wire basket for the coals exceptionally helpful? Seen some back and forth on this and kind of curious..
3) Any other suggested modifications?