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New Build questions

newbking

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Joined Sep 11, 2017
Hi guys/girls,

I'm just starting a new smoker build, I'm using a proofing cabinet similar to this one as a base


I'm hoping its perfect for my needs as i needed something bigger than my masterbuilt, also, this will hold temps up to 180F and maintain humidity where I'd like. I'll be generating smoke with an Amazen Tube smoker 12" (just placing it in bottom once lit) . I'll only be using this smoker for snack sticks, jerky, kielbasa,etc. My questions are as follows:

1) Insulation (i'd like to insulate this for cold days. I am thinking of wrapping it in Rockwool Comfortboard 80 and using plywood to sheet it in. Any feedback or better suggestions?
2) Venting - was thinking a simple 4" diameter piece of Pipe at top with damper, where do I place it? Center? Also, do I need any venting at bottom to allow cool air in?

Obviously I want to avoid any hotspots wherever possible, so any tips you all have would be much appreciated!

Thanks in advance.
 

radioguy

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Joined Jan 12, 2013
Not sure where the heating element is, I assume bottom. Be sure to place a deflector at the bottom
Pan or sheet with holes, it will help with evening the heat and protect your smoke tube from drips. You may want to separate the smoke tube from the heat. I use the pellet tray and it tends to burn, catch flame when directly on the heat. (Mailbox mod??).
Cold vent, yes you need combustion air for the tube. Place the input on opposite side of out stack. This will help with air flow.
Make the stack 1.5 to 3X larger than the input. Hot air has more volume tjan than cold.
RG
 

newbking

Newbie
7
10
Joined Sep 11, 2017
Not sure where the heating element is, I assume bottom. Be sure to place a deflector at the bottom
Pan or sheet with holes, it will help with evening the heat and protect your smoke tube from drips. You may want to separate the smoke tube from the heat. I use the pellet tray and it tends to burn, catch flame when directly on the heat. (Mailbox mod??).
Cold vent, yes you need combustion air for the tube. Place the input on opposite side of out stack. This will help with air flow.
Make the stack 1.5 to 3X larger than the input. Hot air has more volume tjan than cold.
RG
Awesome, thanks for the tips!
 

danmcg

Master of the Pit
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Hey Newb, Do a search for proofer and you'll get a number of threads that will help ya out.
 

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