Long time reader, first time commenter (always wanted to say that). I've been drooling over you guys' builds and planning my own for quite a while and now it's summer and it's go time! Right now I have one of those crappy Brinkmann verticals, which I heavily modded, but I've taken it as far as I think it will go. My favorite design is the Backwoods -- cabinet style, super-insulated, reverse-flow. I do have two very specific goals, and like the best goals, they completely contradict each other:
1. I want to burn logs.
2. I want to smoke at super-low temperatures -- as low as 130F -- while still maintaining the ability to smoke at as high at 300F.
The reason is not very important -- I want to hit a specific flavor profile.
I know I can maintain a steady temp with an insulated smoker and a temp control unit (right now I'm using BBQ Guru's old version PartyQ and I'm thinking of building me a HeaterMeter https://github.com/CapnBry/HeaterMeter/wiki ). But I also know that in order to burn logs, they need to burn hot.
How do you think I go about that? My current thinking is to treat it almost like a cold smoker -- put some distance between the born box and the cooking chamber, connect them with a pipe. If that's the way to go, how far apart do I need to put them? Do I insulate the burn box as well?
What do you say? Lots of thanks in advance, you guys rock.