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Working on some plans. Looking for some concept advice.

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Hey all.  I'm working on some plans for an out door kitchen that will include a reverse flow smoker.  Some obvious pieces like the deflector plate, doors, and structural frame I plan on making out of steel, however I'm thinking that most of the structure will be made out of brick and concrete.  I'm thinking the thermal properties of the brick and concrete might work to hold heat a little better than the standard steel tank reverse flow, however it might take a little while longer to come up to temp.

 

My first question is does anyone have anyone have experience with this type of RF build and would the standard calculation spreadsheet still apply?

 

Second question, what kind of slope do you guys put on the deflector plate?  Since this build will be a built in (not a trailer mount), any grease/drippings/water will need to flow to the low point drain, which will be at the point furthest from the fire box.  However, if I make the drain end lower than the firebox side, then smoke will get trapped and may not flow effectively.  Any advice? 

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This one will use less wood and sure is pretty....

 

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/126307/brick-smoker-compete-how-to

 

If you search the forum for masonry smokers and brick smokers you will find several. Yes, use the calculator for good draw and if you use angle iron and the plate in two pieces, you don't have to slope the length much at all.

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Thanks Len, This looks like a cool project.  Wes is right in saying that there is not a lot on the Web when it comes to smokers built of brick, and I have not seen anything about a reverse flow with a brick structure.  Everything that I have seen made out of brick is more direct heat.  It makes me wonder if it will even work.  What I have in mind is more of a hybrid 48"x36"x18" reverse flow smoke house.  I will take a look see on the smoke house builds and see what I find.

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