Discussion in 'Smoker Builds' started by txsmoker76, Sep 12, 2016.

  1. txsmoker76

    txsmoker76 Newbie

    Hi all,

    I'm having issues woth heat in the cook chamber. The middle of the cooking chamber reads 250 on a tel-tru guage, but on the side closer to the fb it reads 300. Should there really be a 75° temperature difference? There's a baffle plate installed right above the fb. Should I angle it down more?
  2. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    IMO, you should look into having a convection plate made similar to the Horizon type with the progressively larger holes coming away from the FB. If this does not sound right for you, check out tuning plates. I have the convection plate and it works great for me.

    How long is your CC ? The shorter ones usually give more problems than the longer ones. I guess the heat has more length to settle down.

    Good luck with it, Joe
  3. txsmoker76

    txsmoker76 Newbie

    Hey Joe, thanks for the response. My cc is just under 5 feet. I guess I could try the convection plate or tusing plates. I was trying to go old school and just have fb to cc.
    Should I have the tuning or convection plates made or is there a company out there that sell ls custom lengths?
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2016
  4. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You can check Horizon. They make convection plates for their smokers, but if the dimensions are close they will fit others. I had mine made when the smoker was built. It gave me the option for the length and the size of the holes.

    It should not be too expensive to have a fab shop just make one. Good luck, Joe
  5. ahumadora

    ahumadora Smoking Fanatic

    Swap the guages to double check before you start hacking it apart.
  6. bowhunter3290

    bowhunter3290 Smoke Blower


    i know i made a plate from 14g steel and drilled holes in it progressively getting bigger and it is only 2 degrees difference 
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2016
  7. txsmoker76

    txsmoker76 Newbie

    Sorry for the delay in response. Got way busier than I should've. Anyway, thanks for all the responses and info. I was planning on working on it today, but as luck would have it is raining again.

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