Ceramic tiles as tuning plates

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by dadgummit!, Aug 12, 2007.

  1. dadgummit!

    dadgummit! ImpEx - Users Awaiting Email Confirmation

    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.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. kueh

    kueh Meat Mopper

    Should be fine so long as there is no material on or in the tiles, like paints or sealers. Another problem might be cracking from any temperature shock.

    Tuning plates are for heat distribution so it's more even over the length of the smoker unit.
     
  3. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've heard of using terra cotta roof tiles for tuning plates so why not? Give it a try![​IMG]
     
  4. adb551

    adb551 Smoke Blower

    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?
     
  5. smokebuzz

    smokebuzz Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    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
     
  6. adb551

    adb551 Smoke Blower

    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 ?
     
  7. cajun_1

    cajun_1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  8. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    That's the post that did it for me!
     
  9. adb551

    adb551 Smoke Blower

    Aha! I see the light. Thanks[​IMG]
     
  10. fatback joe

    fatback joe Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    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.
     
  11. adb551

    adb551 Smoke Blower

    Good point Fatback joe.

    I do not have access to a welder, do I am leaning on using bricks and ceramic tiles to accomplish this.
     
  12. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    there's always drills, nut and bolts etc. [​IMG]
     

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