Should the diverter on a reverse flow smoker be sealed on both sides and where it sits above the fire box in the smoking chamber? I just bought a smoker and I have an 1/8in of space between my diverter and the chamber. Wouldn't that cause the heat to got directly to the smoke stack?
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Hello tru334, and welcome to the forums.
While it is best to have the RF plate sealed, this is mostly to keep grease from running to the bottom of the smoker.
The 1/8" gap at the firebox end will let some heat escape resulting in a hot spot at that end, but that is a pretty small gap, so it might work OK as is.
Best to try it first to see how it performs before making any changes.