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fire-box mods?


Joined Nov 3, 2013
Hello all, just a quick question about modifying the fire box. I've heard of people drilling holes in the firebox to help keep the heat up. I use a small offset smoker and at times it's difficult to keep the heat 250ish for 6-7 hours. Maybe charcoal and wood ashes are building up and blocking airflow? Without installing an electric fan, what modifications are easiest and/or most effective?


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Using lump charcoal is a start, it produces less ash than briquettes. Keeping the fire box lid propped open a bit or opening the ash drawer will get more air flow to the fire. Keeping a fire up and burning is all about good air flow.


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Pictures of your set up to see where you are starting from would help..... Inside and outside... Cook chamber and Fire Box....


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