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Fire box question ?

coltsdad3773

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I been seeing guys put what looks like an X on the back side of the fire box door can someone explain to me please what's that for please
 

pcjack

Smoke Blower
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Joined Jul 24, 2012
I am using 1/4 plate on my FB. People I have talked to people say it is not really needed in my case.
Just seasoned and ran my smoker twice to see how the heating and fire management behaves, no warping yet.
Anybody have a different opinion?

Thanks in advance!
 
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fire phil

Smoke Blower
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Joined Sep 10, 2016
I am looking to build my FB . which would be best 1/4" or 3/8" . fixing to buy the steel today
 

akdutchguy

Meat Mopper
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Joined Mar 30, 2013
I would go with 3/8. If you were worried about weight 1/4 will work. 3/8 (once it warms up) will retain heat longer providing better heat control. The 3/8 will last longer as well.
Jason
 

fire phil

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Thanks for the feed back. I went with the 1/4" for weight. I got a grate deal on my steel locally scrape dealer had some sheet steel. I got one sheat 5'x 8'x 1/4" & 5'x 9' x 1/4 , plus a 4' x 10' sheet or expanded metal for my wood box.
 

fire phil

Smoke Blower
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Joined Sep 10, 2016
Will do Jason. Still in the planning stage so there will be a lot more questions being asked befor I start my build. Will start a new post just for the build part.
 

akdutchguy

Meat Mopper
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Joined Mar 30, 2013
I'm in the same boat. I will probably just do a wood shack for now. My plan is to go commercial, so I am researching all the fun government regs so I don't have to redo anything. Eventually I see myself building a trailer.
Jason
 

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