vent position +airflow/smoke question

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by fire it up, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    As the title suggests I have a question about the flow of air/smoke in relation to the vent.
    On the smoker I am converting from an old oven I am using the oven vents that were originally on the oven. The broiler box on the left is fine but the one on the right side is off to the right of the oven.
    Will that work fine for all my smoke flow needs?
    I thought I had read the hot plate and smoke had to be directly under wherever it vents out but since this vent is off to the side I'm hoping that it doesn't matter or there is a simple fix to it.

    Kind of blurry but this is the front. Vent is the one on the right side.

    and a view from the top

    Thanks in advance for any advice
  2. mulepackin

    mulepackin Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I've never read about the hot plate vent orientation needing to be in a direct line. To my mind that would create an absolute chimney effect wherein the heat travels straight up, whereas, if they are offset to each other (as in your case), you would get some varying air flow and reduced cold spots.
  3. mikey

    mikey Smoking Fanatic

    What he said ^^^
  4. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks for clarifying. Wanted to be sure before I proceeded and then ruined the whole project. Now that I know it isn't an issue I can get back to it.
    Thanks again.
  5. morkdach

    morkdach Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    keep us posted on the build as air flow goes it varies alot with ambient conditions so be sure to post pics as you go

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