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Masterbuilt Vertical 2 door Smoker Mods

DRKsmoking

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Hi Chadnicoletti for the likes and also for starting this thread , as it gave me the info i needed for the needle valve

David
 

chadnicoletti

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Hi Chadnicoletti for the likes and also for starting this thread , as it gave me the info i needed for the needle valve

David
Hey DRKsmoking, I honestly can't take any credit for these mods, less the welded skirts. This forum is a wealth of information, and seriously awesome. I've been a tinkerer for a long time, and can't leave anything stock. Thankfully with a little elbow grease and some time, one can take a pretty poorly designed smoker for a great price and make a damn good smoker out of it! I have yet to try the tube deal that most on this forum speak of. I will get to that this summer.

Thanks!
 

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The tube seems to be a good match for these smokers. I had difficulty using a pan. The harder woods like hickory had trouble staying lit at lower temps. I had trouble with a tray as well. Also check out an external smoke generator or mailbox. It really helps you get smoke and temperature consistency.
 

DRKsmoking

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The tube seems to be a good match for these smokers. I had difficulty using a pan. The harder woods like hickory had trouble staying lit at lower temps. I had trouble with a tray as well. Also check out an external smoke generator or mailbox. It really helps you get smoke and temperature consistency.
Hi OldSmoke, thanks for the like
Would you have a picture of your external smoke generator on your Masterbuilt. just so i can see . I do not seem to have a problem with my wood chunks staying lit ....so far but have only done a few smokes so fat, thanks
David
 

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It is my own invention. It is what happens when it is cold and rainy outside and the garage is warm.

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I use an air pump through a venturi to move the smoke. I can control the amount of smoke by adjusting the door and a valve on the compressed air. I’m getting consistent, clean smoke with zero temperature rise in the cabinet. I have two smoking tubes so it is easy and quick to reload on long smokes. It is one of those hair-brained ideas that actually works. I’m very happy with it.
 

DRKsmoking

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It is my own invention. It is what happens when it is cold and rainy outside and the garage is warm.

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I use an air pump through a venturi to move the smoke. I can control the amount of smoke by adjusting the door and a valve on the compressed air. I’m getting consistent, clean smoke with zero temperature rise in the cabinet. I have two smoking tubes so it is easy and quick to reload on long smokes. It is one of those hair-brained ideas that actually works. I’m very happy with it.
WOW
that is very cool, fantastic work. And it does not raise the inside temp in the smoker?
That is one of the best mods to the Masterbuilt i have seen yet.
My hat is off to you sir. If it was made out of wood i could probably make it....LOL

David
 

DRKsmoking

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These are the parts I used:

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Missing is a 1/4 x 3/8 reducer that I sourced locally. You also need yellow, not white teflon tape (gas). If you have a good hardware store or propane supplier, they should have everything in stock. At the time in the pandemic, I was ordering everything online. The picture gives you some idea of how I plumbed it together.

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The needle valve is not high pressure or low pressure. the output of the regulator and the type of burner you have is, and yours is low pressure.
Hi OldSmoke
When you put all your needle valve parts together do you use any tape at all. I was using the pink teflon tape to put the adapter on my 100lb tank and one of my neighbor said you dont need any tape or putty on any gas lines
am i wrong in doing so, thanks in advance
David
 
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OldSmoke

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Hi OldSmoke
When you put all your needle valve parts together do you use any tape at all. I was using the pink teflon tape to put the adapter on my 100lb tank and one of my neighbor said you dont need any tape or putty on any gas lines
am i wrong in doing so, thanks in advance
David
Yes, with tapered pipe threads, you need a sealant. Yellow Teflon tape is used for natural gas and propane. If you are using flared fittings, you don’t use sealant.
 

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