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My Cinder Block Smoker w/Video


Smoking Fanatic
Joined Jan 1, 2010
One thing I will need to add is some kind of screen where the smoke enters the smoking chamber. Several times when I lifted the plywood up I could see bits of ash floating around. Anyone have any suggestions what I could use for this?


Fire Starter
Joined Aug 11, 2007
I wonder if lifting the plywood is what is actually drawing in the ash.  Assuming your smoke box is essentially a six-sided cube, the plywood lid makes up about 17% of the total surface area.  Lifting it will create a momentary vaccuum in the smoke chamber -  the mometary vaccuum is equalized by pulling air in from anywhere it can - the fire box is an open passageway where air will momenarily rush through (carrying ash along with it)   to equalize the vaccuum created by lifting the lid.

I'd simply try sliding the lid off instead.  That won't create any vaccuum at all.

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