Ok guys/gals, after 2 years on the first CGSP w/SFB I finally had to replace it. weather took it's toll. Replaced again with a CGSP w/SFB, again not without issues, this time the SFB grate plate welds broke off before I even opened it. All that aside, the last one I used for Smokin' and Grillin'. not this time, exclusive for Smokin'. and to help prevent exposure to elements, got the nice cover from CG when I got the smoker.
Did some mods this time, Took the Charcoal grate, flipped it upside down, since it isn't going to be used for grilling, no point. Picked up 2 $8 thermo's at Home Depot, drilled appropriate holes at just above grate level on each side and mounted up the Thermo's.
Oiled the inside down with Canola oil and seasoned it up. did the same on the outside but with one glitch, the SFB paint bubbled up and I have to hit it with Hi-Temp paint. I have to do the chimney extension inside and I need to do the 1/2" angle iron trick and the stove rope to seal it up.
Built a shaker box out of expanded steel, looks like crap will end up re-doing it. So far the temps are about 20 degree difference from left to right, gotta figure that one out.
Anyone here got some easy ideas for balancing the heat a little better. and I will post some pics tonite if the rain stays away.