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Had him put the smoke stack exactly where I wanted it...and I asked that it be removable for travel in enclosed trailer once in a while. So you can see where the break is - he fabbed a metal collar, with a two nut/bold assembly to connect it.

THIS is the ash dump. Not only does it work great for cleaning, but WOW - need a little boost of air to stop a stick from smoldering and get it burning? Try a nice air inlet right underneath the grate! Awesome...

Cook chamber drain and can hook...Everything on this is heavy duty.

Good look at the welds, and the hinges. All openings have the nice, thick metal insets so that everything fits flush...hardly a lick of a smoke leak ANYWHERE on this:

OK, here is the only bummer PDT_Armataz_01_19.gif I specifically told the guy the exact dimensions that I wanted the internal baffle made to, as far as length as it protrudes into the smoking chamber and also the pitch or angle downward that I wanted it to go. I said a 6" baffle...this is twice that and maybe then some. I think it extends almost 1/3 way into the smoking chamber, at least. So - the result is that (as you are looking inside) the left side of the main grate and upper left area (upper grate) doesn't get much heat at all. I know this seems strange because that is the side closest to the firebox, but that baffle is thick. So - I'm gonna experiment a few more smaller cooks, and then I'll probably have someone come over and cutting torch that baffle in half...then I can add a tuning plate or two if needed.

Overall, I love her! She holds temps well, and the draw or air movement is sublime...a slight tweak of the inlet and I have a noticable difference in all the right ways. After my seasoning last weekend (7 pm to 1 am) I did a cookout the next day! I know...dumb on a new cooker but I pulled it off...no food left! 4 huge slabs of St. Louis cut ribs and 5 big bone-in split chicken breasts.

Anywhoo - I hope you enjoyed the look here. So far, I would STRONLY recoommend this guy...what he does for the money is insane. The Klose patio model that is slightly smaller than this is EXATLY three times the cost. I'm not knocking D. Klose at all...never used one and I'm sure they are awesome...but this has a thicker firebox, a bigger chamber and it's NOT $1350...it was $450 plus $150 to ship it to my warehouse...Sa' Weet!

Thanks for checking it out. Tomorrow's que view will be 3 more split breasts, a huge shoulder, a fattie, and 3 lbs. of beef short ribs! Gotta go grind up the rubs now...Happy smoking everyone.
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Nice Bman, can you send me the contact info. Sweet smoker
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How about blowing holes in it (the baffle)?
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I thought about drilling holes in it, actually (if that is what you meant? I don't have any C4 redface.gif )

However, they would have to be perfectly drilled in line, through very thick steel (well...at least 1/8" thick) and so I thought if I cut it, and then hit the edge w/ a grinder...I'd end up w/ the 6-8" baffle that I wanted - but with a nice, straigh edge. If I drill...the bit is gonna skip around on that greasy plate no matter how good I clean it...

BUT - whatever, I'm open to suggestsions from everyone as far as what to do w/ the baffle mod. Hell, that's why we're on here...help!
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Thanks, C.S. I will PM you tomorrow w/ all the details. The info is at my office. Real cool guy - seems like a real character, but he knows what he's doing.
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Thanks BM. Been looking at the others you talked about. Like yours. Price is nice.
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Very nice unit. Crazy good for the money, thanks for the pics.
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All you have to do is offer to feed someone with a plasma cutter...
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