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Building vertical reverse flow smoker. Pictures included. Please add any ideas.

post #1 of 35
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First i want to thank everyone here for all the good info being shared. I was debating between building a vertical or an offset reverse flow. I finally decided to go with the vertical due to low consumption of fuel, easier in maintaing the temp and minimum tending to the whole process.
I will install a good quality analogue temp gauge but i want to also be able to use my maverick et 272 remote temp probe and im not sure how will i feed the probes inside the smoker as i will try to achieve perfect seal. Any ideas are most welcome.
Here is the progress


post #2 of 35

Scott,

There a few ways you can do it.

The easiest way is use a short piece of 1/2"gas pipe that is threaded on one end that protrudes through bough the internal and external walls.

On the threaded end use a cap or plug and hacksaw a slot through the cap to run the  probe wires. Any small air gaps around the wires, just wipe a bit of silicone on it.

 

Keep posting pics and show us how it progresses.

Thanks

post #3 of 35
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Thanks ahumadora,
Would running the two prbes so close touching each other, wouldnt that affect the reading of the probes?
Also i was trying to think of a way to be able to move the probes out when not in use.
Building on your idea i might use the threaded tube with probes run through them. When not in use i can unthread it and use my maverick else where, the only problem is that the piece of threaded tubng will be part of the probes,
post #4 of 35

Use a tube large enough to slide the probes in and out.  Weld a bendable tab on the inside to hold the wires when not in use.

Running the wires together won't be a problem.   (It's a temp probe on a BBQ, your not re wiring Googles Servers. 

post #5 of 35
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Ahumadora View Post

Use a tube large enough to slide the probes in and out.  Weld a bendable tab on the inside to hold the wires when not in use.
Running the wires together won't be a problem.   (It's a temp probe on a BBQ, your not re wiring Googles Servers. 
Lol. You think im taking it too far?
post #6 of 35


I purchased extra temperature probes and leave them permanently installed in my smoker.

There are three meat probes and one BBQ temp probe.

That way I can use my two Maverick ET 733's with the smoker or on any other device.

post #7 of 35
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Progress




post #8 of 35

Looking good.

While you can still tip it over weld in your guides for the racks and fire grate. Much easier to do that when it is on it's side.

I usually leave mounting the door till towards the end of the build.

post #9 of 35
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Rack holders done
post #10 of 35
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What's better in your opinion. Keeping the stack from the inside like what i did or from the outside and make the smoke escape through holes to the the stack?
Edited by Scot34 - 1/10/16 at 2:12pm
post #11 of 35

You need to make the exhaust suck from the coldest part of the smoker so it evens out the temp.  If you are having trouble with temps when it is done you could always easily knock some holes in the Chimney with a hole saw for more flow.  Only problem with this set up is it limits the length of your slide in grills.

Where are you at ? Mexico? 

post #12 of 35
Thread Starter 
So ill keep with this design . Another question, Do you insulate the top of the fire box between the firebox and food chamber? I followed your post on the commercial smoker, pretty impressive.
Not in mexico, im in Egypt.
post #13 of 35

Keep the stack inside the CC....  That will help immensely with air flow keeping it warm.....   I would not insulate between the FB and CC...  that radiant heat will keep the CC warm and reduce the amount of wood needed... 

post #14 of 35
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Thanks dave, that's what i thought. The beast is coming along, it will weigh almost a ton.
post #15 of 35
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In the process of insulation


post #16 of 35
I like your build and will be following it along. I have a off set that I built this past summer....decided I would get a propane vertical to use through the winter. Like it so much that I'm getting material together for my next project. ...a vertical. Please continue the updates.
post #17 of 35
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Doors mounted.

post #18 of 35
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You guys think these handles an overkill?
post #19 of 35

I think a Viking Battle Axe would fit the theme better......   UNLESS the missus like them....  then they are PERFECT !!!

post #20 of 35

Definitely different style door handle than whats normally on a smoker.  I like it.

 

You may want to weld a strip of sheet metal near the bottom of your chamber door to deflect all the drips and fat from running down into the firebox.

 

Nearly time to make smoke. 

I usually fire mine up before painting to make sure there's no problems. 

I coat the inside with oil after painting.

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