best convection plate setup for offset???

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by fineswine419, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. horizon like convection plate

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  2. move smokestack to right side and use solid convection plate

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  3. extend smokestack on inside of cooking chamber

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  4. other:

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  1. convection plate, tuning plates, what is the way to go?

    i am going to get some scrap metal to make a convection plate or tuning plates for my brinkmann TMLE offset. i am also curious about making my TMLE into a reverse flow.   would it be practical or worthwhile to move my smoke stack to the same side as the firebox?  it looks like there might be enough room towards the backside of the cooking chamber to clear the firebox door.

    i've seen guys extend their smoke stack down to the cooking grate with various materials. what if i extended my smoke stack to the opposite side of the cooking grate to create reverse flow?

    I guess i have 3 options.

    1.  make a convection plate similar to that of the horizon with holes getting bigger as they go from right to left (since my firebox in on the right).

    2.  make a solid convection plate and move my smoke stack to the right side of the cooking chamber.

    3.  make a solid convection plate as above, but extend my smokestack on the insde of the cooking chamber to the firebox side.
  2. bruno994

    bruno994 Master of the Pit

    Option #1, tuning plates will help with even heat tremendously and it's a lot less work.
  3. austinl

    austinl Smoking Fanatic

    I have a Horizon smoker with the factory installed "built-in" convection plate and it works great.  Their arrangement of holes lets the smoker breathe easily and the thick plate evenly distributes heat.  I have two thermometers on either side of the cooking chamber and if I adjust adjust the plate enough I can get the temperature dead even from side to side.  With less effort put into adjusting it, it will still stay within 5-10 degrees side to side.  Another benefit to this style (although less discussed) is you can adjust it to compensate for a large foil pan in the smoker which can create some funky temperature readings.
  4. how thick would you say the convection plate is from horizon?  bigger than 16 gauge?  thanks for the input
  5. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Tuning Plates,easy and cheap.[​IMG]

    Have fun and...
  6. coacher72

    coacher72 Smoking Fanatic

    I have Horizon convection plate in my yoder offset and it is about 1/4 in. thick.
  7. austinl

    austinl Smoking Fanatic

    I have measured mine and it is 1/4" thick; big hunk of metal, smells nice when drippings hit it too! ;)
  8. buttburner

    buttburner Meat Mopper

    I just built this for my new OK Joe. Did my first burn in on it just tonight. Worked pretty well, I think I have to tweak the positions. They are not set like they are in this pic. They are 1/4" plate. The

    pic was taken right after I tack welded the 3 shorter pieces. I did not clean the slag off yet

  9. thanks very much for the input form everybody.....i like the ease of use of the horizon convection plate, but don't want to pay 60 plus 20 shipping.   i think i'll fabricate something similar to the plate offered  by horizon, but make it a little wider and more custom fit for the brinkmann.  i talked to a local steel supplier and can get the 1/4" material for about $40.   how far into the cooking chamber do i need to extend it?  the total length of my cooking chamber is 41"
  10. boykjo

    boykjo SAUSAGE MAKER Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Last edited: Feb 14, 2013
  11. austinl

    austinl Smoking Fanatic

    My plate measures 21" from end to end and my smoker's inside length is 36".
  12. So approximately 58% of your chamber length .. Anyone know the hole sizes from smallest to biggest ?

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