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Reverse Flow almost done!

Discussion in 'Reverse Flow' started by midwestman, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. midwestman

    midwestman Newbie

    Hello all… first time poster long time watcher.    I have been working on a small rev flow for the past few months.     I used a 30 gallon air tank for the main cooking chamber, a 30 lbs  propane tank for the firebox.    Used a old bed frame to build the legs and a basketball pole as the air intake and exhaust.     Learned a few lessons along the way…   Already build a couple of test fire’s and it holds 225 -250 temps very well.   Takes quite a while to heat up to temp… about 45 min, but it has been very cold every time I have tested it.    Still need to add a shelf and some paint.   Here is a page with some pics of the build so far.


    - Scott
  2. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    First off Welcome to SMF. Your smoker looks awesome and I bet it will produce some fine Q too. You'll like it here for there are alot of really good folks here that would just love to help you with just about anything to do with smoking. Now there are alot of proven recipes for some amazing things here too. So if you need sign up for the E-Course it's free and it will give you the basics of smoking and some good methods to use also. So the next big thing for you to do is go out and get you something to smoke and if you happen to have any questions just post it here and we will be happy to answer them for you.

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  3. rp ribking

    rp ribking Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Scott, do you have a open spot on the opposite end of the firebox to let the smoke travel back to the stack. In the pic it looked like the plate was up against the wall. Looks like a good build and good recycling of steel products.  
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  4. garyt

    garyt Smoking Fanatic

    I do believe you have noticed a problem, I dont see an opening either. I am confused.
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2011
  5. midwestman

    midwestman Newbie

    Hello all, yes there is about a 3 - 4 inch opening.  If you look at the top pic you can see both ends are rounded.   Then the bottom pic shows the reverse plate.   The left is rounded to match the tank, the right is straight, leaving the rounded end open for the flow  On the right you can also see the dam I installed so the draining goes down the drain and not underneath the reverse plate.   I agree the pics can be deceiving

    Looking foward to getting a few slabs of ribs going on it... I have only had the throw away firebox smokers from wally world etc...   I still need to get a better thermometer.   Looking into getting a digtial dual prob for the temp in the smoker and a separate for the meat.  The thermo in the pic is off my cheapo walmart.. pretty sure it is not very accurate.

  6. fourashleys

    fourashleys Smoking Fanatic

    lookin good. I have one of those tanks laying around. Now I know what to do with it.