My name is Bob from Agawam, Massachusetts a retired 25 year military vet and I am brand new to the world of smoking.
I wanted to get my feet wet first so I am starting of on the lower end side of smokers first.
I purchased a OK Joe's Highland on clearance at Walmart for $200.00.
After researching I have done some modifications to it:
Sealed firebox with fire barrier RTV
Nomex tape around firebox door and cooking lid
1/8" stainless steel diffuser plate at firebox opening
1/8" stainless steel convection plate for the cooking area. (made a rail system to slide plates easier)
I made a simple charcoal basket out of expanded steel. 10x10x7
I have 2 thermometers on their way to mount on both sides of the cooking lid
I have only seasoned the grill so far
I have reached a max temp of 340 degrees
Was going today and seemed steady at 260 degrees with firebox vent opened 3/4 open (Outside air temperature was 40 degrees and very light breeze)
I have 2 oven thermometers in inside and the firebox side is 5 degrees higher (I switched around thermometers to check accuracy also)
I am looking forward to meeting you all and hope to learn as much as I can
Edited by bobxyz - 11/22/15 at 5:33pm