So many questions, where to start?

Discussion in 'Reverse Flow' started by wolters88, May 13, 2016.

  1. wolters88

    wolters88 Fire Starter

    I started smoking many moons ago on a weber smokey mountain. I then got a komado and am now going to build my own reverse flow smoker (well have custom made haha). I will be using this for both backyard and comp. I'm wanting two shelves with the top being a pull out. I have taken things from Yoder, Lang, Jambo and horizon I like. Listed are the features I "must" have

    1. The fire box will be 2' insulated and oversize. 

    2. Four wheels for mobility(comp and backyard)

    3. tilt to a grease drain

    4. Propane log starter in fire box

    5. outer plate for team name custom paint on back side of the barrel

    6. Dual thermometer ports

    7. Counter Weighted

    8. Stay cool handle

    9. Warming plate

    10. Storage shelving and flip down side shelving for easy moving

    11. Probe ports

    12. the recommendations I hope to hear from you all.

    Now beyond that, I'm wide open. I was thinking 10G stainless and an overall diameter of 20-24 X ? but am open to suggestions and why. I am just kinda open because of the top slide out. This will be my first question. Once I get the answer I want to this I will ask the next. Thank you for the input. 

  2. smokejumper

    smokejumper Smoking Fanatic


    What is your question? If you are waiting for the answer you want, you may have a long wait.

    Everything on your list is doable on a 20" - 24" diameter smoker.
  3. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Your best bet is to contact the Shirley folks.
  4. wolters88

    wolters88 Fire Starter

    Wondering what you all would recommend from the sizes 20' - 24" and why.
  5. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I would always prefer the 24" over the 20". The extra depth allows more arrangement options for meat. It's the same with 36" vs. 48". You can never have too much room.
  6. wolters88

    wolters88 Fire Starter

    Thank you.

    Ok, pretty much what I was thinking. Was just wondering if there was a reason the big names use the 20". Other then the "must" haves. Is there anything else you all would recommend?
  7. ahumadora

    ahumadora Smoking Fanatic

    The "Big" names use those sizes as they are cheap. 

    Many use center bobbins from the huge rolls of sheetmetal.

    That's what i use for many of my smokers.  They are pretty much scrap price of the tubes.   
  8. wolters88

    wolters88 Fire Starter

    I will be using 10G stainless
  9. ahumadora

    ahumadora Smoking Fanatic

    Stainless moves a lot when heated, don't say I didn't warn you.  
  10. wolters88

    wolters88 Fire Starter

    What would you suggest then?
  11. ahumadora

    ahumadora Smoking Fanatic

    If your custom builder is adapt to working with stainless and the extra expense is not a problem then go for it.  You will be able to give it to your grandkids.

    otherwise I would suggest sticking to regular mild steel.  
  12. lazzar

    lazzar Newbie

    It's ok to use stainless just up the plate thickness if you can afford it.
  13. wolters88

    wolters88 Fire Starter

    10G SS would be 0.1406. Would that not be thick enough?
  14. socalcooker

    socalcooker Meat Mopper

    Stainless warps really bad if you aren't careful when welding. It will also warp over time from the repeated heating and cooling. That's why you need to go thicker. It's also very expensive.

  15. wolters88

    wolters88 Fire Starter

    This will be the basic design. I will have an internal diameter of 24" and the total length of the barrel will be 60" with a 48" door. I seen that people were having issues with the calculator being incorrect with reverse flow. Is that true? I need to know what the internal size on the insulated firebox should be. Its stating that I need 9043.20 for an optimum sized firebox. So I'm thinking a 21X21X21 internally with the (Insulation)   surrounding and then second plate. That puts me at 102.4%. I am putting in a pull out ashpan exactly like this (Ashpan).  Would I include this into the total size of the box?

    Anyone got some input on the calculator being incorrect? 
    Last edited: May 27, 2016
  16. wolters88

    wolters88 Fire Starter

    Ok, so I searched and found a ton of info. The only thing I am lost about now is if I add the warming box. Do I need to include that extra space? I mean some times it will not even be used but I will have an opening for live smoke. Do I need to include the warming box to add to the size of the firebox? Seems like if it was closed it would be to large if I did.

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