I was telling a friend about tuning plates and he gave me the idea of using ceramic floor tiles. I know they would not conduct heat as well as steel , but I don't know if that would be a good or bad thing.
I am a little confused about the tuning plate thing. Are they something I could add to my offset smoker? or do they have to come from the factory already in place? And can someone explain to me wheere, exactly, they are placed, in relation to the fire?
You place them under your cooking greats up next to the fire box , hopefully above the opening, and you can slide it side to side to get the heat to flow down the smoker more even. My Horizon has one that butts right up to the fire box and has holes in it , smaller ones by the box and bigger ones at opp. end. i will try to get a pic of it and post it if some one don't beat me to it
So try this on for size, I have a brinkman offset, If I were to be a cheap son-of-a-gun, I could lay some bricks along the bottom, starting at the firebox, and then lay a piece of steel, or ceramic tiles, on it to force the heat to the far end ?
If you decide to use bricks in the cooking chamber, you may want to look into firebricks. They withstand heat well, hold the heat well once heated, and if you get some designed for pizza ovens and that sort of thing, you don't have to worry about funky chemicals and what not.