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Recent content by phoenixsmoke

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    Should I purchase a COS (Cheap Offset Smoker) to learn fire management?

    I'm curious if you were getting thin blue smoke. Is 22% standard for INTERNAL moisture content? I thought the recommended moisture content is below 20% and better if it's around 10% but that may be for an external reading.
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    Should I purchase a COS (Cheap Offset Smoker) to learn fire management?

    Thanks for the info. I agree with you on the split size. I plan to source my own firewood and plan to cut to 8"-12" lengths and split to about 2" wide on average. Seems like anything bigger would not provide clean smoke. Living in the Phoenix area with the long, hot and dry summers should...
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    Should I purchase a COS (Cheap Offset Smoker) to learn fire management?

    Conrad, this is EXTREMELY helpful and motivating. Your brisket and ribs look amazing, good job! I also plan to do the Harry Soo method and finish in either the oven or pellet grill. That's good info on the "heat sink" keeping temps in check. I'm definitely looking forward to it and I'm...
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    Should I purchase a COS (Cheap Offset Smoker) to learn fire management?

    @ConrodM I'm hoping for at least 20 minutes and really hoping I can get 30-45 minutes between splits. I'm sure there will be some variability depending on size of splits and how long they have been seasoned. I agree that a 30 deg swing is something I could live with. I'm sure it take more...
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    Should I purchase a COS (Cheap Offset Smoker) to learn fire management?

    I'm not looking for a set it and forget, I already have a pellet smoker for that. However, I'm not sure I'm up for tending to an offset for a 12+ hour cook if I have to tend to it every 15-20 minutes. What size splits are you using? I've seen Jeremy Yoder recommend using 1"x2"x7" splits in...
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    Should I purchase a COS (Cheap Offset Smoker) to learn fire management?

    I'm leaning on having one built for me. Old Country is saying that they are backordered until at least November and Academy doesn't have any Brazos' in stock to ship. I've considered Bell Fabs but he's also 10-12 weeks out. I'm really trying to keep it with $2K. I figure if an offset is not...
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    Should I purchase a COS (Cheap Offset Smoker) to learn fire management?

    @bill1 and @ConrodM thanks for the replies. I have decided to go with a 1/4" or thicker offset. I have also heard that it's easier to manage on a rig with thicker steel so I'm to go that route. Even if I find out I don't like tending to a fire I would be able to recoup most of what I pay for it.
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    Smoker build

    Reviving this thread to see if @daveomak has any thoughts on collectors. I'm in the process of designing a traditional flow offset and also wonder if there are benefits in a collector. In theory it seems like a good idea to balance the exhaust horizontally. However, not sure how much it...
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    First Off-Set Smoker Drawings - Advice Welcomed

    I am also working on a smoker build and have done fairly extensive research on it. I plan to build one with a CC that's 20" Diam X 48" long and FB 20" D X 24" long. Feldon's calculator puts this at 150% of recommended volume. Feldon's calculator recommends FB be 1/3 volume of CC. I agree...
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    Should I purchase a COS (Cheap Offset Smoker) to learn fire management?

    I have contemplated going the gravity feed or WSM route but I have my heart set on mastering an offset. I'm hoping to dedicate more time to this hobby which is why I'm going the offset smoker route.
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    Should I purchase a COS (Cheap Offset Smoker) to learn fire management?

    Thanks for the feedback. I have been keeping an eye out on FB Marketplace, Offerup and CL. The offsets for sale in my area (Arizona) are mostly the big box brands of thin metal offset smokers and are priced in the $50 (badly rusted and needing TLC) to $300 range. I rarely see thick metal...
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    Hot Rolled vs Pickled & Oiled for Offset Smoker Build

    Thanks for the tips. After doing some research I'm probably going to skip removing the mill scale except for inside the cooking chamber and I think I've found a way to do that using diluted muriatic acid.
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    Hot Rolled vs Pickled & Oiled for Offset Smoker Build

    I'm mainly concerned of the scale flaking off at some point and getting into the food. At the very least it would not be pleasant and on the other end are the health concerns as you mentioned with hemochromatosis (I have friends with this condition) and other things. Unfortunately, for an...
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    Hot Rolled vs Pickled & Oiled for Offset Smoker Build

    Hi All, I'm thinking of building an offset smoker and wanted to see if anyone has any knowledge if the mill scale on hot rolled steel would be detrimental in an offset smoker if it was not removed. I've done some research and it seems like it would be a time consuming and difficult process to...
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    Should I purchase a COS (Cheap Offset Smoker) to learn fire management?

    @sawhorseray COS stands for cheap offset smoker and I edited the title to reflect that. I also live in the SE valley so we're practically neighbors and have lived here my entire life so I completely understand the challenges of tending to a hot fire when it's 110 or more outside. I don't mind...
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