Mistakes Assembliing My Smoker

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by stevetheteacher, Jun 11, 2015.

  1. I just picked up my newly assembled smoker from Home Depot. It turns out it was a good decision because I made some bad mistakes when I initially built it. The biggest mistake was that I faced the side with the vents the wrong way! I had the vents facing inward toward the smoker instead of outside. Duh!

    I also ordered a charcoal box but it was too big for my fire box. However, I don't think this will be a problem because my wire rack is a good six inches off the bottom. Is this right? There is a lower wire rack that can be easily modified with bolts if necessary.

    Tips, advice, and input welcomed as always.


  2. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Steve, it sounds like the "lower" rack is for the charcoal and the higher rack is for grilling inside the firebox. If it's like my rig, it's like a miniature kettle grill in there.
  3. Yes. And the we rack part makes sense too. I can modify the bottom rack with bolts, etc.
  4. Oh, when I modify the rack, what length bolts would be best? 2 inch? 
  5. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Look at your space to secure and get bolts to just long enough to hold them securely . Put some oil on them to protect them from rust longer. Also put

    lock tight on the threads . You'll be glad you did.

    Have fun and . . .
  6. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Steve if you've got 6" from the bottom/charcoal grate you shouldn't have to do anything for the ash to be able to fall away

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