Flue Damper Question ????

Discussion in 'Smoker Builds' started by smily, Mar 5, 2010.

  1. smily

    smily Newbie

    ca
    so why do the damper plates i see have thru holes???? and is not solid plate of material?????

    you you would never really have an OFF position there would allways be some flow.

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  2. hogfan40

    hogfan40 Meat Mopper

    you still have to let some heat and smoke into the cooking chamber. When you shut off the dampers fully you will be suprised on how much heat it will cut down on, going into the cooking chamber.
     
  3. smily

    smily Newbie

    ca
    wouldnt you want a total off to throw on fresh wood??

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  4. hogfan40

    hogfan40 Meat Mopper

    my thoughts would be no. You take the chance of the temp falling in your cooking chamber if it was to be closed off complety. I have a Lang, that is a reverse flow and the is no damper between firebox and the cooking grill, only a damper in the flue, and dampers in the fire box, you have to have a way for air to flow through the entire smoker.

    Are you talking about the double offset smoker that you are building?
     
  5. smily

    smily Newbie

    ca
  6. smily

    smily Newbie

    ca
    or one off one partial open??
     
  7. hogfan40

    hogfan40 Meat Mopper

    You could do a insulated fire box and upper barrel, at the time, i didnt have much money to play with at the time i was building it, if you could find a way to get it around the inside of the barrel, yes i think it would work.

    It looks like you have the basic design going good, they are fun to cook on, and also a challenge, i have had my Lang now for about 2 weeks, and im not sure if i will ever cook on the barrel smoker again. Im going to take the volg's kit and build another double barrel unit, but this time it will be air tight, only openings in the door and flue, and i will use it as a shop heater, with the vent stubbing out the side wall of my shop.
     
  8. smily

    smily Newbie

    ca
    LOLOL i ta am runnin low budget !!! why i coped the flues to fit and doors are gonna be metal the less$$$ the better

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    funny making a new one for a space heater he he
     
  9. hogfan40

    hogfan40 Meat Mopper

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    funny making a new one for a space heater he he
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    thats what the volg's kit are really for, i seen someone else build a smoker using those parts and i was like you, what the heck, and it worked great.
     

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