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diffuser design?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

I have an older original Oklahoma joe longhorn offset smoker. I was looking around the horizon smoker website & found that they make a diffuser for Oklahoma joe smokers. near the firebox the plate has holes that graduate in size the farther the they get from the firebox. I was at a local restaurant supply house & they have 18" x 26" heavy aluminum baking sheets with & without holes

( 3/16"). i'm thinking about getting a perforated sheet for next to the firebox & a solid sheet at the exhaust end. any thoughts?

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Originally Posted by rober49 View Post

I have an older original Oklahoma joe longhorn offset smoker. I was looking around the horizon smoker website & found that they make a diffuser for Oklahoma joe smokers. near the firebox the plate has holes that graduate in size the farther the they get from the firebox. I was at a local restaurant supply house & they have 18" x 26" heavy aluminum baking sheets with & without holes
( 3/16"). i'm thinking about getting a perforated sheet for next to the firebox & a solid sheet at the exhaust end. any thoughts?
I could be wrong, but I think it's supposed to be the other way around.
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

you're correct. I looked the horizon site again. the holes start out smaller nearest the firebox & get larger as they go. still-if I put the solid sheet next to the firebox does this sound like it work? since the holes are small maybe both sheets should have holes??

post #4 of 8
IMO, the holes should begin within about 6-8" from the FB. I think that some heat and smoke needs to get to the CC as soon as possible. I'm not a builder, but this arrangement works in my smoker.
post #5 of 8

I'm thinking aluminum won't work too well...  It may burn up...

post #6 of 8

I used a solid sheet, but you'll notice there's a gap on the sides due to the curve. I put a second narrower sheet at the end of the baffle with about a half inch gap.
I haven't gotten around to diffuser plates yet. It seems to work pretty well as is. There's a 30 to 50 degree difference from one end to the other, but I've learned to work with it :-)
Dan
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 

the baking sheets are fairly stout & won't be directly over the fire so I think they should hold up. they're only $7.30 each so if the should fail it would not be that big of a deal. I have a slightly lighter gauge pizza pan directly over the fire of my weber kettle with a Cajun bandit smoker ring & it's holding up fine. I have a piece of steel plate that I can use as the angled piece covering the hole at the firebox. that would put the 1st sheet roughly between 5 -8" from the end. i'll give it a try until I have time to get to the local scrap yard & find some steel. i'll do a follow up & let y'all know how it goes.

the only other question is whether I should trade the solid sheet for another perforated one.

here's the horizon diffuser

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post #8 of 8
I have the Horizon type like in the pic and it works great for me. Why not try each one to give you a point of reference. But remember, the smoke and heat need a way to get up into the cooking grate area. Experimenting is the fun part of stick burning in an offset.

Good luck with it, Joe
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