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Wall thickness is not critical since it relies on minimum volume to create a draft. You can use the 4" and make it 30" and it will draw better than a 3" at 36".
Feldon's has a note about chimney length.
Enter the diameter of your chimney pipe to find out how long it should be.
• A chimney that is too short may produce insufficient draft (drawing of air). A chimney that is too long may cause the air to cool before it exits, reducing effective draft and worse, dripping of exhaust materials onto food!
• Many horizontal smokers have an exhaust between 30-40 inches in length, but there is no hard and fast formula."
Don't forget to multiply the FB to CC opening area that you get from Feldon's using a theoretical firebox of 100% by 1.5 to account for the reverse flow configuration of your smoker.
Yours will be a football shaped hole, therefore you need two segment areas to get up to the total required of about ~60 sq-in.
The chord will be 13.84 inches across and 3.25" inches from the bottom of the cook chamber to the middle and another 3.25" to the top to complete the football. The arc will have a radius of your pipe at 9".
You aren't over thinking things, see the above calculator and the resultant numbers. Things will be different if you don't butt the two pipe pieces together end to end but rather mount the firebox perpendicular to the CC.
I got the pipe cut into the 60" CC and the 24" FB. I am getting the plate for the ends I am hoping to get back out and work on it some this weekend I hope to have more pictures by the first of the week at the latest
It's exciting to build a new smoker, and everyone can't witt to get finished and start smoking, BUT take your time, think things through, if unsure or have questions, just ask, do research.
Be looking forward to watching your smoker come together.
What is the minimum distance between the RF plate and the grate. In order for have the 61 sq in it puts my RF plate up around 7 in giving me 2 in or less is this going to cause me problems down the road?