I ordered a new Dyna-Glo wide body vertical offset smoker last week on-line. After reading some threads on modifications to similar grills, I also order a tube of Sil-Bond high temp food grade silicone and Nomex tape. I thought I should follow the advice of those who have done this before and do the mods as I put it together.
This unit came in a large, heavy box with all components packed tightly and securely. Even though there was plenty of packing material, the unit still had a few dings on it ... nothing I'm concerned about,
After reading about some of you fixing your leaking and heat retention problems by sealing the fire box and smoke box with high-temp silicone and Nomex tape, I ordered some on-line. I had picked up a tube of J-B Weld red-high silicone, but after calling the company, they did not recommend their product for food prep applications.
I applied a bead of the Sil-Bond around the openings between the fire box and cook chamber. As an afterthought, I really didn't need the bead between the two large openings. I also put some silicone around the screw holes.
Also applied some silicone around the temp gauge, in case smoke and heat would escape there.
It appears that the company listened to the complaints about leaky doors. They have added some oven seal around the cook chamber door. This addition, along with the door latches in the two photos below, seem to really make a tight seal.
Although, the fire box seemed to be fairly tight, I went ahead and added the Nomex tape to the door, anyway. Now, it is really tight.
This is the inside configuration.
This smoker comes with a decent rib rack. We'll see how well it works soon.
It also has hanging hooks already installed at the top of the cook chamber.
I'll let the silicone cure overnight and season it tomorrow. Can't wait to do my first smoke in it.