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WALLE - Retro'ed and Re-Fit!

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
It's been a while since I posted anything - busy with the job, AND been working on insulating my smoker. Bigger job that I thought it would be, so I figured I would share.

Mission: Add 1" of super wool to the smoker.
Picked up my order last Friday

Using angle on the bottom to hold a sleeve for the entire smoker

Then the weather set in...

Finally got back to it this weekend.
Had to chop off the stack and the grease drip to get sleeve over them

Then off to the insulation - using 1" nails to hang the Super Wool on

Insulated the door from the inside

Then it was on to the outside.
Here it is wrapped with SW

At this point, I forgot to snap a lot of shots... It was one hell of a job getting the sleeve down over everthing, but eventually it went.

Dark caught up to me, so I just tacked the lid and the stack on for tonight to keep out the snow that feels like is coming - GOOD, Cuz I'm smoking some chops and sausage tomorrow to test it out!

Thanks for checking out my mod's. Hopefully I'll find some time to get back on my game!
post #2 of 10
Looks great! Let us know how big of a difference it makes.PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #3 of 10
very cool.....or should i say warm!
post #4 of 10
excellent jobPDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #5 of 10
Cool! I can't wait to work on mine this summer. I plan to give it a nice blanket of its own.

post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hey all,
Following up on my insulation job. I think this is going to be the S@#&!

My smoker is a converted Stoker-Matic coal stoker, basic premise is that when the PID calls for heat, chipped oak is augered into the fire box located in the bottom middle of my smoker. Then I simply toss in a big chunk of hickory, apple, etc to combo it up with the oak.

In the past, poor WALLE worked herself to death (motor almost constantly running) to get temps over 250*. Once it did hit temp and the auger/blower stopped, temps fell like it was like counting down for a blast to the moon (very long ramps, very short soaks).

That is by far the biggest thing I've noticed - much quicker ramps, and much longer soaks, so the insulation is definitely making a big difference. Second thing I noticed is that I can go to 300* very easy now, same thing at high temp - get's there quick and stays there.

Hopefully here are some better shots in the daylight. Still have some welding and painting to do, but I'm smoking and drinking beer the rest of this day!

BBQ E - you were right - it was a Mother $%&#*& working the sleeve down over it!

thanks for checking out my post.
post #7 of 10
Now thats alot of work for the ability to have some smoked meat and cheese. My hats off to you Wallepoints.giffor a work and I lave Florida that much more.
post #8 of 10
Nice Smoker you are building... Great Job...PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #9 of 10
Very nice! Where did you get the "Stoker-Matic coal stoker" thing? I'm trying to get some ideas around automating the Banana for wood delivery.
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hey - BBQ/Mballi - thanks, guys.

Bob, got it from my bother-in-law, then chopped off the firebox/fan/housing and set my smoke box on it. The back end you see is about the only thing that is orginial - that's the wood box with the auger and motor directly under it.

Wish I would have known about all you other crazy BBQ Smoke Heads (SMF) when I was doing it, and I would have Q-View'ed the hell out of my build.

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