just got done with my under $50 reverse flow build

Discussion in 'Reverse Flow' started by saleen9973, Feb 15, 2016.

  1. saleen9973

    saleen9973 Newbie

    Hey guys just finished my budget RF smoker today. old 100 lb  propane tank free, two old 10lb propane tanks free , some old bed frames, and some old steel I had laying around. RF plate is 1/4" everything cost me less than $50 bucks to make including paint.
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2016
  2. saleen9973

    saleen9973 Newbie

    I took some temp readings with my infared temp gun. The RF plate gets about 400-450 degrees right over the firebox opening then goes to about 250 degrees by the opening with a large fire in the box. it took me about 3 hours to find a sweet spot of 240 degrees in the chamber, if I have a good amount of coals close the side slide damper and keep the door damper open a little more than 1/4 it sits at 240*. its cold out here in NY it was 17 degrees while I seasoned it and played with it today. I am sure if its warmer I will have to dial it in different. I wont know how well it cooks til tomorrow when I do some chix thighs.
  3. saleen9973

    saleen9973 Newbie

    I still need to add some vertical clamps to the chamber door I have a few leaks in the door. Some of the parts like the firebox handle wheels and temp gauge came off a old cheap charbroil offset smoker. The expanded metal was given to me from a friend. I think I need to make a charcoal basket. I still have a piece of stainless expanded metal that's 20x36 I will use that. Please feel free to criticize my build tell me what I did wrong or right. This is my first build and I am no welder so some of my welds are ugly but hold.
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2016
  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Nice job!!

    You really have some skills!

  5. saleen9973

    saleen9973 Newbie

    Well it seems I have to some mods to the firebox. I am getting a major hot spot on the baffle plate right above to two hole from the firebox. It seems flames are going right up and hitting the plate, so I think I will weld in a baffle plate in the firebox right below the two holes to deflect the flames so I just get heat and no fire. Do you guys think that may help?

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