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This is Bret from Tomah, WI.  I'm pretty new to smoking.  After using a cheap store bought smoker that didn't hold heat in the cold for a few years, I built my own.


I used my Grandpa's old 30 gallon air compressor and it went really well.  I have one question you guys could help with, so I'll describe the smoker as well as I can.


30 gallon vertical smoker

3 1/2" diameter x 3" exhaust stack offset about 3" from side on top of lid with sliding plate to adjust hole

3 1/2" diameter x 6" intake pipe welded to center of the bottom with sliding plate to adjust hole


I need some help with my intake.  The pipe sticks about 4" into the smoker, capped, and has 8-10 3/4" holes drilled around the top 1 1/2" of the pipe.  The thought was to keep the holes above the ash.  The bottom of the pipe is open to the outside with a plate that I can adjust to open or close the hole.  I can't seem to get enough air intake with this setup.  Do I need to put the intake on the side instead of dead center bottom?   How about a little fan to force air into the pipe?  Any suggestions will be appreciated.



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Welcome from SC, Bret. It's good to have you on this great site. It sure seems to me that you need more air intake and your idea of moving the intake to the side sounds good. The ash should be below the intake and coal grate should be above the intake. I'm definitely not a builder, but if you contact Gary S, he can help you with the details.

Good luck and good smokin', Joe
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texas.gif  Good evening and welcome to the forum, from another beautiful day here in East Texas. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about  everything. 



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