So I made a big mistake last year and sold my Jim Bowie. I changed jobs and needed the money but now I am back at my old job and I found a sponsor to cover all costs for this year. I am going to pick up a new Jim Bowie and Daniel Boone on Tuesday. We will put these into the rotation with our akorn and fridge for competitions. When I had my previous ones I did a few mods. I plan on doing these again but wanted to see if there are a few others people are doing. The mods I did before was a BGE gasket around the lid. Mineral Wool board wrapped in foil on top of deflection plate. Foil Wrapped the side diffusers. This helped a lot with equal heat distribution. I have seen the downdraft mod and it looked interesting. is there a noticeable difference? Instead of paying the $75 I will probably just make my own if it is worth it.
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Mods are looking good. I actually removed all my mods as I got carried away at trying to make it perfect and knew there was no way to. I sold my Memphis Pro (another huge mistake) and now only have the JB as a grill. I foil a piece of high temp insulation and place it between the drain pan and the metal that goes over burn pot. This eliminated the hot spot in the center. I did the mod to drop intake to grate level but when fully loaded and fan going on and off temp still fluctuate a lot more than you think. I just kept it simple and drink more beer rather than worrying about temp inside. As far as front shelf you can get collapsable shelf brackets from amazon. I got these for shelf in my comp trailer that is under the flatscreen. They support 300lb each. May be worth a shot at looking into and just weld the wire shelf onto the brackets. Rest of your mods look great.