Fire does not seem to burn (smokestack question)

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Glad you are looking to be on the right track.

What hardwoods do you have access to? It sounds like the beechwood you are using is not seasoned very well, this is a big deal with wood fired smokers. Look around and see what’s out there in your area. Look for BBQ supply shops or even some sporting goods stores have splits. You really do need good quality seasoned wood.

Be looking forward to more of your cooks.
 
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alex427

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Hi all , just wondered , apart from exhaust stack , how do the baffle / tuning plates affect airflow and so the fire....
 

Sosolen

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Hi all , just wondered , apart from exhaust stack , how do the baffle / tuning plates affect airflow and so the fire....
The tuning plates block the air from going up and distribute (or so they should) the air evenly. This causes the airflow to 'break' apart through the holes and thus slowing down.
 

Sosolen

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Hi all , just wondered , apart from exhaust stack , how do the baffle / tuning plates affect airflow and so the fire....
I actually did a biscuit test as well to test WITH and WITHOUT baffle plates, and the results shocked me 😂
With the baffle plates the biscuits to the right burned almost instantly, while the others didn't even start 'baking'. I guess this partly comes from the radiation of heat of the metal? I'm not sure, but ever since I took out the baffle plates everything is going perfectly, and my cooks are perfect from left to right... Did a chicken yesterday on the right side of my smoker, which would normally have been burned badly... I tried it again just to see if it works and boom... Look at the results...
 

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