Can't find a decent fire pan.....PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by blackout, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. My wife just bought me a cheap little Char-Broil vertical smoker. I know it needs a few mods to work effectively....I am having the hardest time finding a mod for the fire pan....PLEASE HELP.....ANY suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!

    Also, How can I prevent the ashes from flowing up to the meat?????
  2. I can only reply to the ash...You have to be getting ruff with it to get ash to fly. Open the lid slow.

    happy smoken.

  3. what about when I'm adding more wood and/or charcoal? B/c the fire pan is really a bowl without holes for the ash to fall out I'm trying a simple aluminum pan that I've put holes in. 

    My electric drill isn't working as well as I thought it would to drill holes in the original fire pan....idk what to do.....

  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Curtis, morning and welcome to the forum....   Some folks use a charcoal basket and the minion method to burn it....  Seems to works well....   It needs to be raised up off the floor of the smoker several inches so there's room for ash to fall and still allow for good airflow....    About the ash on the food....  Keep the door closed so there are no gusts of wind to disturb the ash...  seal the door with some high temp strip or high temp silicone.....   air leaks are a problem when trying to maintain an even temp......

  5. shoot a few holes with a 22[​IMG]

  6. Thanks for the advice....I'm going to look into a basket

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