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  1. Meniscus

    DIY: Introducing the only 'Shorty' version of the Oklahoma Joes Bronco Drum Smoker in existence

    Just a quick update. Finally sourced a 2" NPT plug to be used for travel. The overall height fits under my tonneau cover and the plug makes it convenient to shut the temps down and choke the fire. As a bonus, I included a few pictures from the past few weeks. I cut some pork steaks out of a...
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    DIY: Introducing the only 'Shorty' version of the Oklahoma Joes Bronco Drum Smoker in existence

    After the grilling session was complete, I decided to try choking down the intake to see if I could throttle back the temps even without the ball valve in place. After adjusting the intake to 4 rows of holes, the Shorty happily ran at 300 degrees. After an hour, I choked it down further to 2...
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    DIY: Introducing the only 'Shorty' version of the Oklahoma Joes Bronco Drum Smoker in existence

    The first test of the chopped exhaust stack is complete. In the first picture, you can see that the ball valve and the stack fits conveniently inside the Shorty for travel. Since I started the session grilling some chicken, I decided to omit the ball valve and screw the stack directly into the...
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    Oklahoma Joe Tahoma 900 (Pics, Assembly, burn-in)

    Excellent! Thanks for the initial feedback!
  5. Meniscus

    Oklahoma Joe Tahoma 900 (Pics, Assembly, burn-in)

    Excellent pictures. Thank you for sharing! It appears that they incorporated bends in the damper to help avoid any warping from the high temps. Clearly they thought this out. A few questions: It's hard to tell from the pictures, but does it look like you can place a wood chunk under where...
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    DIY: Introducing the only 'Shorty' version of the Oklahoma Joes Bronco Drum Smoker in existence

    The threads will be cut off the top of the stack, but it looks pretty good and should work well.
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    DIY: Introducing the only 'Shorty' version of the Oklahoma Joes Bronco Drum Smoker in existence

    I've now completed a trial run of the Shorty with the revised exhaust vent. It is now much easier to adjust and dial in Temps. The flow is also smoother and it allows me to open a little more and close down the intake for a better draft. It seems to have even temperature across the top grate...
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    DIY: Introducing the only 'Shorty' version of the Oklahoma Joes Bronco Drum Smoker in existence

    Here is an update concerning the exhaust vent. After an extensive search, I found a bulkhead fitting which has 2" NPT female threads inside. This allows me to use a 2" ball valve as the exhaust. Again, I'm limited to just 18.5" of height to fit under the tonneau cover on my truck and with the...
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    A poorly written review of the Oklahoma Joe Bronco

    Had to dig deeper in my pictures. Here's a shot of a full rack of ribs over the charcoal basket. Unfortunately, I don't have a picture with the drop down diffuser in place, but this will provide a better idea of the space. I was using the provided hooks that come with the OKJ Bronco in...
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    A poorly written review of the Oklahoma Joe Bronco

    I can measure the next time I uncover my OKJ Bronco, but I will say that you can hang full ribs with roughly 1-2 inches to spare above the diffuser plate. This assumes you are using the provided hangers and hook the ribs under the 2nd rib. I've never used the larger OKJ Bronco Pro so I don't...
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    DIY: Introducing the only 'Shorty' version of the Oklahoma Joes Bronco Drum Smoker in existence

    A couple quick pictures. From the 3-day weekend, did a quick pizza on the shorty. The next day, I did 2 racks of hanging baby back ribs, cut into thirds, plus some sausages hanging on a Pit Barrel Cooker 10" hanging skewer (meant for hanging a chicken). Overall, performance is still quite...
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    OKJ Bandera Vertical Offset - Best Mod of the Water Pan

    Unfortunately, no I have not used a combination horizontal and vertical offset, but I've used many different offsets of significant size. Of all of those, I used a 500 gallon one that had a very tall stack which had a similar draft as the vertical offset. However, I haven't used very many...
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    OKJ Bandera Vertical Offset - Best Mod of the Water Pan

    Yes, I did seen your note on pans. However, I usually don't have a need to reduce the interior space. I have a few other grills and smokers and I only use my vertical offset when I cook several items at once. For the way I use the Bandera (and now that I'm using this other water pan), the...
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    OKJ Bandera Vertical Offset - Best Mod of the Water Pan

    Not offended at all. I was simply quantifying my drawings as not meant for general consumption. LOL I haven't had any issues with rigidity. Mine sits in the same spot, on pavers and it stays outside all the time with a cover. Haven't had any flaking, but I am very diligent about covering...
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    OKJ Bandera Vertical Offset - Best Mod of the Water Pan

    Thank you for the pictures. This helps a lot in visualizing the setup you're using. For the record, my drawings were made just for me and were not meant to be posted or shared, but considering your conundrum, I thought it might be prudent to share. Considering that you are asking the hot air...
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    OKJ Bandera Vertical Offset - Best Mod of the Water Pan

    As promised, here are some of the other concepts I have considered. The reason for these concepts was striving to achieve a more efficient burn for 100% clean smoke at all time in the smoking chamber. Note: I'm not in love with these concepts, but I drew some quick sketches on my phone over a...
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    OKJ Bandera Vertical Offset - Best Mod of the Water Pan

    Interesting. I have a few questions: Do you have any pictures? Have you closed up the air intake on right side or blocked it in some way? Did you choose the put the blower on the left side because it was convenient under the vertical smoking chamber or was there a different reason why you...
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    OKJ Bandera Vertical Offset - Best Mod of the Water Pan

    Before I started using the 2/3rd size steam/hotel pan as a water pan, the strong draft of the vertical smoking chamber would pull the flames from the firebox under the baffle/shield plate. I typically gather my burning embers to the left side of the firebox when I put new splits on. Then I put...
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    DIY: Introducing the only 'Shorty' version of the Oklahoma Joes Bronco Drum Smoker in existence

    After the meat was done on the El Charro, I put in the deflector plate and smoked a whole chicken at 225F and then 375F for the last 15 mins. It turned out very good. Just like the full-size OKJ Bronco, the Shorty is able to maintain very consistent temps without having to fiddle with the...
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