My question for the experienced smokers is should I use a diffuser plate or tuning plates?
what works best?
so for tuning plates .. I'm assuming steel plates .. what kind of gauge and where do you find them?
I have 3/8" aluminum plates that seem to work good and the overall weight is lower than steel (if that matters to you). I had the aluminum which I cut into plates to the desired widths using a circular saw with a metal cutting blade I got from Ace for $5. It makes a clean cut and looks professional. I don't think the metal cutting blade I used would cut steel that thick (I know my saw wouldn't), so unless you have a plasma cutter or something, you will need to go to a steel working shop.