Aluminum vs Steel Baffle plate

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by noshuz, Jul 9, 2016.

  1. noshuz

    noshuz Newbie

    Hey Everybody,

       I'm a rookie at this art of smoking and won't even have my OJ Highland for another week. I've read and watched pretty much all of the info for the mods that need to be done so I know what i need to do to get this unit up to full potential. As far as the baffle plate, I have access to a metal fab shop and can get aluminum for very reasonable price or maybe free. I have read that aluminum is not as good of heat conductor as steel. I was thinking of fabricating one out of 1/8" or .080 aluminum. We don't stock any sheet metal but I can get it if need be. Have any of you tried this? If so, what was the outcome?

      Thanks!
     
  2. smokesontuesday

    smokesontuesday Smoking Fanatic

    Aluminum isn't going to hold up nearly as well as stainless steel.
     
  3. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Aluminum begins to melt at ~1200 degrees.  I'm not sure how the smoker you ordered works, but I do know that my firebox on my wood burner gets over that temp at times on the exterior.

    Also, as you stated, aluminum isn't good at holding heat and actually help dissipate heat quite effectively.

    I'd go with carbon steel or stainless.  It'll last a LONG time and will only hurt once when you pay for it.
     
  4. hardcookin

    hardcookin Master of the Pit

    Scrape 1/4" steel shouldn't be that expensive or if your planning on keeping the smoker for awhile just get the convection plate from horizon.
     
  5. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Aluminum will lose is "structural integrity" as it warms.....   here's an example......

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  6. donarkie

    donarkie Newbie

    steel all the way. Mine in my small pit 3\16" with adjustable vents (tuning plate), my large trailer pit the baffle flue is 1\4" thick (reverse flow).
     
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2016
  7. noshuz

    noshuz Newbie

    Thanks for the feedback folks! I'll let ya know how it all plays out! [​IMG]  
     

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