New Smoker Build - Page 2
Straight in through the firebox
Applied for a patent ;)
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Hello. FANTASTIC looking pit! So long as you got your air flow right I am certain you will be happy with it. I built pits back before you had a calculator so I have never given it much thought. You asked a question yearly on. Powder coat it? I ignored that question for a couple reasons: A: IF you powder coat it ( IMHO ); you need to insure ( ZERO - NONE ) of the zinc gets into the cooking area. NONE!!!! Just my opinion. These are my friends and family and I don't want it in there. There is MUCH discussion about whether it is harmful. I just don't want it in there in the first place. I don't want to take the chance. B: This is your first build. You MAY very well make changes and even build another so I thought there was no need to powder coat. ONCE you have what you want; if you can afford ti, powder coat it. My Dad did on 40 yrs. ago and it is still going. Yes we have have to "redo" the interior but the outside is still FANTASTIC. Keep Smokin!
Have the airflow under control, went with 3 different vents, 2 on the side and 1 on the door.
My main problem is it wants to run too hot lol but that's easily sorted. Can hold 225f for 3 hours easy so far
I use lumpwood and fill the fire basket with it to the front (chamber side) then put the hot coals from my chimney to the back of the basket (door side) and lift it into the firebox.
1 small chunk wood every 30/45 mins and I'll get 3 hours and a few more pieces of lumpwood on
Found it I waited longer than the 3 hours to slowly refuel I have to put to much on at the one time and temp can drop to 210.