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salt block slabs as electric smoker heat sink/diffuser

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Anyone tried these big salt cooking slabs for heat sinks/diffuser in MES's? Seems like they would stabilize/deflect heat  pretty well.

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Bricks wrapped in foil will work...   Salt may corrode your smoker....

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Bricks wrapped in foil will work...   Salt may corrode your smoker....

Yep, I use hard fire brick. Once they heat up, they hold temp really well.
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Bricks, concrete, clay flower pots, etc....  All a lot cheaper and more durable than a salt block and zero chance of salt corrosion.  Thermal mass is thermal mass, be it water, sand, concrete, etc...

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Cranky - question.  

 

What do the heat sinks do for smoking?

 

How big are the fire bricks and where do get them?

 

Where do you place them in a 30" MES?

 

Thanks

 

DW

 

 

Still just a driver and a three wood between our houses.....

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I just use a water pan. As has been said you're just wanting additional thermal mass which makes maintaining temps far easier. 

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I see now. And my MES does have temp swings with the on/off cycles.

 

Thanks

 

DW

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Cranky - question.  

What do the heat sinks do for smoking?

How big are the fire bricks and where do get them?

Where do you place them in a 30" MES?

Thanks

DW


Still just a driver and a three wood between our houses.....

The thermal mass makes recovery faster after opening the doors and also can assist in more even temps.

I use "1/2 bricks" in mine. 1" thick x 4.5" x 9". I buy my bricks from GarTex Masonry Supply on Plano Road. Almost at the intersection of Plano road and 635.

DW, I owe you a visit for sure. Did you download my workbook? PM me if you need the location again.
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