Added pic My first reverse flow smoker build

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Almost done getting it put back together. I am like crazy excited idk if I will be able to sleep tonight. lol
 

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Looks like a fabulous rig, nicely done. Hope the test burns all go as anticipated.
Thanks. I did a test burn a few weeks back and it went great. Should be good to go actually. Need to season and bake the paint with some small burns this week so I will get to mess with it some more.
 
I am not trying to run it crazy hot. On the first season and after paint burn in lol. Not to bad over all the upper racks are a little hotter but I don’t feel that’s too bad. Idk what u guys think?
 

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Sure nice to see smoke coming out of it! But think you need to run the temp up... check to see how it runs hotter and maybe more importantly... where is it's sweet spot? Where does it like to run?

Ryan
 
Looks good to me and it could even out a bit more as you find the sweet spot in the temp and burn rate. but a differential can be very good as well.....it helps you speed things up for cuts that are lagging.....
 
Sure nice to see smoke coming out of it! But think you need to run the temp up... check to see how it runs hotter and maybe more importantly... where is it's sweet spot? Where does it like to run?

Ryan
Ok I can see that I was thinking of doing that tomorrow just getting things warmed up is that wrong just don’t want to over do it on the paint
 
Looks good to me and it could even out a bit more as you find the sweet spot in the temp and burn rate. but a differential can be very good as well.....it helps you speed things up for cuts that are lagging.....
Good point just need mental notes so I know where to put stuff lol
 
Good point just need mental notes so I know where to put stuff lol
Tel Tru's therms are very good and you have enough coverage to pin point it all. like you said just take mental notes as you add splits and as they burn down because as the air flow changes with the flame height so will the temp in the chamber..... as the RF plate warms up the right side it will radiate more heat and that side overall will likely be higher which is very typical for RFs,
 
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Tru Tels therms are very good and you have enough coverage to pin point it all. like you said just take mental notes as you add splits and as they burn down because as the air flow changes with the flame height so will the temp in the chamber..... as the RF plate warms up the right side it will radiate more heat and that side overall will likely be higher which is very typical for RFs,
Awesome thanks for the pointers. I added a few bigger pieces gonna get her going here and see
 
Awesome thanks for the pointers. I added a few bigger pieces gonna get her going here and see
I can only see a little bit of your fire bed in the pic but I would suggest a little bit larger coal bed to support the base heat load, my gut says to start with 1.5 chimney ish load.....
 
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I can only see a little bit of your fire bed in the pic but I would suggest a little bit larger coal bed to support the base heat load, my gut says to start with 1.5 chimney ish load.....
It was only one bed I was thinking 2. Might be on the right track wit a touch more. It’s a big damn smoker so it may need more lol
 
You were doing it right... Low heat for cure of the paint...

I cut back on Charcoal use myself... I only use 1/2 - 3/4 of chimney... just enough to start my splits... I'll put 5 or 6 splits in on top of lit charcoal for the initial start up (have hurried this along with a fan to get a good flame going)... preheats up to 350 or more... When the splits are burnt down and ready to knock apart to make my coal bed... I then use my garden hose (on a light spray) and spray the inside of the cook chamber real quick and close the door... This does two things... It cleans your grates and disenfects from the steam cleaning (caution must be used as it will steam quick and hot as soon as the water hits it)...
It also cools the smoker back down to cooking temps...
This is when you want to throw first single split in and load it up with meat... In your case being a bigger chamber you'll might need to throw 2/3 splits in at time... Pending their size ...

Excellent job my freind...

BTW.. The Tractor runs the same way... Top rack hotter... Give it time.. You'll learn/tame it
 
You were doing it right... Low heat for cure of the paint...

I cut back on Charcoal use myself... I only use 1/2 - 3/4 of chimney... just enough to start my splits... I'll put 5 or 6 splits in on top of lit charcoal for the initial start up (have hurried this along with a fan to get a good flame going)... preheats up to 350 or more... When the splits are burnt down and ready to knock apart to make my coal bed... I then use my garden hose (on a light spray) and spray the inside of the cook chamber real quick and close the door... This does two things... It cleans your grates and disenfects from the steam cleaning (caution must be used as it will steam quick and hot as soon as the water hits it)...
It also cools the smoker back down to cooking temps...
This is when you want to throw first single split in and load it up with meat... In your case being a bigger chamber you'll might need to throw 2/3 splits in at time... Pending their size ...

Excellent job my freind...

BTW.. The Tractor runs the same way... Top rack hotter... Give it time.. You'll learn/tame it
Thank you much appreciated on the advise I will give it a try that way next. The water hose part is a cool idea. Will be using that also.

It’s definitely gonna take me a few burns and cooks to figure things out. I have nothing but time from here on out. Kinda like que it can’t be rushed 🤣🤣🤣🤣
 
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