fire box sizing and tuning plates

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by scott straker, Sep 14, 2016.

  1. scott straker

    scott straker Newbie

    I'm getting a 4' x 8' smoker but it doesn't have an  offset firebox, which I am going to have added.  How do I calculate how big it should be.  Plus, I'm reading about tuning plates.  Do they touch from front to back with gaps between them as they move away from the firebox?  Any help is appreciated.  No time to make a mistake now.  Thanks, Scott
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Fire box 1/3 the volume of the cooking chamber works well....     Tuning plates, seal from side to side and at the FB end of the CC so as to direct all the heat and smoke under the plates...   The gap between the plates is used to adjust the heat on the food grate....


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