Fire box question ?

Discussion in 'Reverse Flow' started by coltsdad3773, Jul 19, 2016.

  1. coltsdad3773

    coltsdad3773 Newbie

    I been seeing guys put what looks like an X on the back side of the fire box door can someone explain to me please what's that for please
     
  2. akdutchguy

    akdutchguy Meat Mopper

    That is a reinforcement to keep the door from warping.
    Jason
     
  3. coltsdad3773

    coltsdad3773 Newbie

    Thank you !
     
  4. pcjack

    pcjack Smoke Blower

    I am using 1/4 plate on my FB. People I have talked to people say it is not really needed in my case.
    Just seasoned and ran my smoker twice to see how the heating and fire management behaves, no warping yet.
    Anybody have a different opinion?

    Thanks in advance!
     
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2016
  5. fire phil

    fire phil Smoke Blower

    I am looking to build my FB . which would be best 1/4" or 3/8" . fixing to buy the steel today
     
  6. akdutchguy

    akdutchguy Meat Mopper

    I would go with 3/8. If you were worried about weight 1/4 will work. 3/8 (once it warms up) will retain heat longer providing better heat control. The 3/8 will last longer as well.
    Jason
     
  7. fire phil

    fire phil Smoke Blower

    Thanks for the feed back. I went with the 1/4" for weight. I got a grate deal on my steel locally scrape dealer had some sheet steel. I got one sheat 5'x 8'x 1/4" & 5'x 9' x 1/4 , plus a 4' x 10' sheet or expanded metal for my wood box.
     
  8. akdutchguy

    akdutchguy Meat Mopper

    Sounds like a great start. Keep us updated on the build.
    Jason
     
  9. fire phil

    fire phil Smoke Blower

    Will do Jason. Still in the planning stage so there will be a lot more questions being asked befor I start my build. Will start a new post just for the build part.
     
  10. akdutchguy

    akdutchguy Meat Mopper

    I'm in the same boat. I will probably just do a wood shack for now. My plan is to go commercial, so I am researching all the fun government regs so I don't have to redo anything. Eventually I see myself building a trailer.
    Jason
     

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