Bandera Firebox Lid Mod

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by mikey, Sep 21, 2009.

  1. mikey

    mikey Smoking Fanatic

    Some of you that use either wood or charcoal to fuel your sfb units might be interested in this little mod I did to the firebox lid on my Bandera. These units are real fuel hogs and I was thinking of a way to reduce the amount of wood that I use which is my main fuel source. This material is ceramic fibre board. It comes in 2'X3'X1" thick sheets which weigh 17.5 lbs per sheet. It has a working temp of 1832 degrees & a max temp of 2300 degrees. It is sold 6 sheets per box (min.) which is way more than I needed but what the heck. The cost was $17.47 per sheet. The goal is to reduce the amount of heat loss via the lid which is 16 gauge, on a good day. I strongly recommend that if one uses this material, that long sleeves be worn, along with gloves and a dust mask. I treated this like I was working with fiberglass. I used a Bear Saw which is made by Vaughan & Bushnell Mfg. Co. in Hebron, IL. The saw worked like a champ & I finished the edges & miter cuts with my right angle air motor w/2" button and 36 grit discs. I'll be puting this to the test next week-end to see if it does what I think it will. Here's a pic of the final install.
  2. the iceman

    the iceman Smoking Fanatic

    Just a quick question. If it is so nasty to work with, what is to keep it from somehow flaking loose & fibers getting into the food?
  3. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks like a nice job.
  4. irishteabear

    irishteabear Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for sharing the info with us, Mikey. I can't wait to see if it does what you think it will. [​IMG]
  5. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Man Mikey you did a great job on that retrofit all then joints are reallt tite too. Good job and I'm sure it will give you great results. PS dawn might be needing ome of that for hers SSSSSSHHHHHHHH it's a secert.
  6. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That is some nice work Mikey. Can't wait for the results on how it works.
  7. eaglewing

    eaglewing Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    The food is in the next chamber and higher on racks... still a legit Q tho
  8. brud

    brud Meat Mopper

    Is this an insert or an insulate cover? My quess a cover. Either way good post.
  9. eaglewing

    eaglewing Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    The lid is OPEN and he applied this to the inside. Did that answer your Q?

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