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post #21 of 36
Thread Starter 
Okjsmoker, thanks for the info.

I forgot to mention that another ex-employee of Okie Joes is also building smokers for Horizon. If you go to their website you'll see the similarity between them and the Yode models.
post #22 of 36
Welcome 72!!
post #23 of 36
By the way... did you happen to get the heat management plate?

If you did could you snap a pic of it, Just curious to see how it installs and how big it is.
post #24 of 36
Thread Starter 
Ojsmoker,

Yes I did get the heat management plate. I'll take a picture of it and post it later. It may be a day or so before I get to it. The plate just drops in. If you got to the Horizon smoker website, I believe under Acessories they have a picture of theirs. The Yoder heat management plate looks just like it. Horizon's is half the price of Yoder's. If I remember right Horizon might even custom make one for you.
I'll try to get that picture for you tomorrow.
post #25 of 36
Thread Starter 
Ojsmoker,

Yes I did get the heat management plate. I'll take a picture of it and post it later. It may be a day or so before I get to it. The plate just drops in. If you go to the Horizon smoker website, I believe under Acessories they have a picture of theirs. The Yoder heat management plate looks just like it. Horizon's is half the price of Yoder's. If I remember right Horizon might even custom make one for you.
I'll try to get that picture for you tomorrow.
post #26 of 36
Ok I checked out the Horizon pics, looks pretty simple. I can probably fab my own, so no hurry on the pic, I think it installs with the smaller holes towards the fire, with the end that is bent right up against the firebox? Im also assuming it sits flat, but how much space is left below the plate?

Thanks for the info.
post #27 of 36
First off welcome Coach to SMF. It sounds like you are well on your way to be an outstanding new member of this fine site. You'll like it here cause there are abunch of good folks here that would just love to help you out with just about anything to do with smoking. We really like to have newbies here because they can bring in a new propective to how things are done. There's nothing like a new set of eyes to give and new way to make things that little differant to make things alittle better. So I hope you know about the Qview here.
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post #28 of 36
Thread Starter 
Okjsmoker,

Here the picture of the heat mangement plate in my smoker.



As you can see it slopes downward from right to left. The highest point on the right matches the highest point of the opening from the firebox. It drops on an angle about 1 1/2 - 2 in. It is just a drop in and is not welded in place.
Hopes this helps.
P.S. I saw you are from South Central Kansas. Where do you live, I'm in Pratt.

Mballi,

Thanks for the welcome. You're right I have learned a lot already and a lot more to learn. I did my first smoke the other day and I did post it with Qview. I smoked 2 chuck roasts. You can check it out if you like.

Thanks
post #29 of 36
Thanks for the pic!

Pretty much like I imagined. I enjoy working with metal so I will probably make my own.

Ive got 80 pounds of brisket to smoke here soon, probably wont have it done by then, but im curious as to how the plate changes the temps.

Im from Haysville, just south of Wichita. I havent been to Pratt in a long time, probably 10 years ago when my son was playing in a baseball tournament there.
post #30 of 36
Welcome to the site man.
post #31 of 36
Here's a couple mods you might want to consider...

Water pan, I used foil pans for a long time but they always ended up with pinholes and leaked all the water out. I finally made a trip to the local restaurant supply and picked up a stainless steam pan, should last a long long time. It was $16



And while your at it, grab the drill and make an access hole for your temp probes, start with an 1/8" bit, then move up to 1/4"

post #32 of 36
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the ideas. For 1/4 in steel does it take a special type of bit?
post #33 of 36
Regular steel bit should work, keep a lot of pressure on it while drilling slowly. If you spin the bit too fast it will get too hot and dull really fast.

If you dont have a variable speed, then use an "on and off" action on the trigger.
post #34 of 36
Thread Starter 
OK thanks I might try it this week. Would you drill 2 separate for the 2 probes or 1 larger one. I have a Maverick ET #73.
post #35 of 36
I bet one 1/4" hole would be plenty good for both probes.
post #36 of 36
Coach that sounds like a nice heavy, well built type. Welcome aboard!
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