firebox question...

Discussion in 'Side Fire Box' started by badlarry08, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. Hey guys,
    I'm in the process of building my smoker and want to double check my dimensions. The cook chamber is going to be a combination of 2 oil tanks (im estimating 375 gal total). The firebox is 26Hx30Wx34L (inside dimensions, as it will be insulated) i with 10 3" round vents. Now what I had a question with was the firebox to cook chamber openings. I want to do 8" openings, the old feldons said 4 8" openings, but that seems like it would be too much? This will not be a reverse flow design, but I plan on doing a baffle set up. Any help is appreciated. And I know I know, pics are coming...
     
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Larry, morning..... I would use the numbers the calculator suggests.... Those numbers work and do the job....  There have been a lot of great smokers built using those values....   Dave
     
  3. Thanks Dave I'll follow the calculator, just wanted to make sure it sounded okay. Wray are your ideas on a baffle set up. My original idea is to go with a butterfly or flu type that goes into the 4 holes that way I could regulate heat/smoke as needed. My second idea is four 8 inch pipes running the length of the smoker to carry the heat/smoke. I veered away from this idea as there are more variables ie. Length of pipe, size of hiles in the pipe, availability of pipe not too mention less control over whats coming in from the firebox. Your thoughts on this (or anyone else's) are appreciated. Reverse flow is not an option n as it will have propane burners and the option of a charcoal tray under the cook chamber for whole hog. Thanks again!
     
  4. Here is a basic idea of what it will look like aside from a few changes n the biggest being mine will feature a larger insulated square firebox....
     
  5. Thanks for the overwhelming response...... lol.
     
  6. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Larry, sorry for the late response....  I have been trying to figure exactly what you are trying to do.... 
    If you would draw what it is you are trying to build, with some description also, we can better help with improvements..... Look at the link below, it has several concepts you may choose to include in your smoker..     Dave

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/54542/building-an-italian-offset-smoker/20
     
  7. Thanks Dave for the response and helpful advice. My drawings are not the greatest and would probably confuse you more. The smoker pictured above works very well, I have personally used it to cook. So I will base my design off of that. My main concern here was just with the firebox itself. As far as dimensions and heat/smoke delivery. I guess there's something to be said for a little trial and error......
     

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