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Newbie could use some guidance


Joined Feb 13, 2018
I have been reading many posts about building a RF smoker from 275 Oil Tank. Have a few questions as I plan my own.
1) Is it necessary to have a heat shield in addition to the RF plate? If so, what is the purpose?

2) Why is it necessary to have a 24x24x44 firebox if the fire is not going to be huge? I know the calculator and others specify 1/3 volume of CC, just wonder why so large.

3) Is the CC the entire 275 Gallon tank or just the volume above the RF Plate?

Thanks to everyone here for great discussions.

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