Baffle/ Heat deflectors

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by lemans, Apr 7, 2014.

  1. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have learned so much from these forums.. I have learned that every pit that has a SFB needs a heat deflector of some sort to even out the heat . We have all used cookie sheets, aluminum baking pans ect.. I'm not talking about tuning plates or convection plates . I'm talking about the 11-18 inch aluminum used to direct the 500 plus degrees fri the SFB to to other end of the put.
    So why die sent the manufactures off these grills as an accessory? This why the would fit perfectly , instead of having to fabricate something that "almost works "?
  2. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hey sorry for the mis spells I have big thumbs?
  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Because they have never used a smoker or smoked food.... They don't know what they are building or why... except to make money from a product that "looks" good.... Sorry, that's just the way I see it.....
  4. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    So I think we have so many on this site that have the tools and knowledge and the materials . It would be the perfect money maker to start producing these for people like me who have the inexpensive char grilliers and brinkmans that want to buy them and just can't seem to make them ourselves!! We have guys that will make you charcoal boxes
    Out if expanded steel so why not someone
    Make bolt on baffles.. It seems simple enough
    .. And there is defiantly a market for it..
    Come on . Someone step in. You could charge 35.00$ . I would be the first one on line..
  5. If you go to and contact Ernie, he will make and send you a baffle for around 35 bucks. I get even temps across the grate.

  6. Which is the way it is. It's all about the allmighty dollar and some manufacturers don't give a rat's behind about quality as long as they make the sale.
  7. montoya88

    montoya88 Newbie

    I myself fell in this category. As mention in my thread under " Roll Call" I fabricated one to learn how to do a roll-out but something practical to sell.

    Being that I fabricated it with cooking in mind I've overlooked the cleaning part of owning a Smoker. I've welded the heat deflector to the shell of the smoking chamber now I'm worried about cleaning underneath the deflector.
  8. When I had a Chargriller 5050, I bought a custom baffle plate to even out the temps from  

    I was happy with their service and felt that it was worth finally not having to battle wild temperature swings up and down.
  9. montoya88

    montoya88 Newbie

    Here's a picture of what I've got I was cleaning it out today. I was worried about warping so I decided to weld it in. Now it makes it impossible to work with.

    Last edited: Mar 28, 2017
  10. I've always wondered why the opening between the FB and CC was so big.
    Kinda dumb. IMO.
    Also the extra grates for grilling in the FB?
    Really? That is the worst set up for a hamburger/hot dog grill.
    Too close to the fire.
    It's a smoker not a grill.
    That's what my Weber kettle is for.
    Just my 2 cents
    stealthchef likes this.
  11. montoya88

    montoya88 Newbie

    It's a heat deflector there's no fire underneath inside the the smoking chamber. Here's the setup.


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