Originally Posted by Lambo711
How are you liking this smoker so far? Its on my list of possibilities just haven't seen many of them out there yet.
I like the smoker a lot. I managed to get it on sale for under $170 on Amazon. It has a good size CC. If has 6 grates. The 6 grates will come in handy when i make jerky. I did have to do some mods. If you get this model, do the mods as you build it. I needed to disassemble it. it was a big deal but would have been easier to do the mods while assembling.
The mods I did was to use a fiberglass gasket and attach it using RTV where the FB and CC meet. That works perfect. no more smoke leak there.
The next mod was the FB door. I added the same gasket (and RTV0 to the FB door. That did not work 100%. I have since ordered a new clamp for the top of the door. I believe it will cut the leak down almost completely if not completely.
The third mod was to put lavalock gasket on the CC door. The lavalock is in the mail. I believe it will work. if not I will order a new clamp again.
Finally, I replaced the thermostat on the door because everyone says the factory thermostats on the lower end smokers are junk. $8, and is consisted of
I only have 2 issues.
The first issue is that there may be 6 grates but there is only;y 4-5 inches between grates. you can take the grates out to fit a roast or chicken or turkey so it's not a big deal.
The second issue is the FB. The door to open and refill is on the side and opens to the side. When you want to refill you need to pull the coal box out to dump more coals into it. I need to get a map for under the smoker so it doesn't ruin my patio.
I have run a smoke through it and it was a lot of fun. Everything went very smoothly and it helped my find my initially leaks. I can't wait to smoke something else.
Please let me know if that helps. I will be happy to ask any other questions.