I thought I would start a thread for Wrangler owners.
I have had mine for just over a year. I thought one thread to exchange information and mods on the Wrangler would be a good idea.
Just got mine delivered last week. Able to season it and smoke a butterflied Chicken this weekend. Was happy at the heat retention. I'll be doing some sealing where needed and have made a few mods already. I'll post up some shots.
There is a Thread on here about the MODS you can do, some of them are for the Pecos, they are very similar.
Good luck and let us know how it turns out.
The 3 most important mods to make (IMHO) is:
1- Seal the smoker and fire box with felt and food safe RTV
2- Either make or have some tuning plates cut to eliminate the Hot spot by the end near the fire box
3- Ensure (requires a spring, bolt, and grinding) that the air inlet on the fire box seals up
You talking about in the center where the bolt is? I looked at that and it looks like they welded a bit in there so I wasn't going to even try that one. I haven't taken it out to see if there are threads. I'm going to put an emblem or something in that spot and drill a few holes on the bottom right and left at grate level and place some therms there. The top middle hole is too high to get accurate temps anyways - imo
Do you have it sealed up so that the smoke is not leaking out in air leaking in? How are you reading your temps?
I have made the following modifications to fix the temp control issues;
-Sealed everything up including the door
-Ground the vent flat and replaced the welded bolt and nut with a bolt with a spring and wing nut
-Pulled out the fire box grate and replaced it with a charcoal basket, I have the basket offset to be tight to the inlet door.