My new baby! Klose 20×48

Discussion in 'Side Fire Box' started by jamesoh79, Apr 3, 2016.

  1. I found a used Klose smoker 2 weeks ago on Craigslist. Been looking around for a while. Wanted to upgrade from my Brinkman Trailmaster Limited. Guy was only 30 mins away. And had to jump on it. Klose was in great condition. It also had the 1/2 inch steel firebox. Which is great for the cold michigan winters. He also had the extra racks for the inside smoking chamber. Left a deposit and finally picked it up last Sunday.

    Been working on her all last week. Sanded the whole smoker down. And cleaned it. And put on 4 layers of high heat bbq paint.

    I also ordered 2 River County thermometers. Really want to fire her up. But I promised myself to wait until she's perfect. Getting there.
  2. Congrats that's a serious barbecue machine, good work.  Never any Klose on craigslist in my area.
  3. smokinal

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

    Nice score!

  4. Thanks. The only issue I have is drilling the 2 holes for the thermometers. I just got the River County ones. But I need to drill a 13/16 hole!!! Couldnt find that drill bit size anywhere. So ordered one of Amazon. Any advice on how to drill those holes????
  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice looking pit!

    Drill a small pilot hole first. Then drill your bigger hole. Use some thin oil as lubricant. For a hole that big I'd use a 1/2" corded drill and not a cordless.
  6. hardcookin

    hardcookin Master of the Pit

    Wow that is a nice upgrade! You done and awesome job cleaning it all up.
    Can't wait to see your first cook and thoughts.
  7. They sell a step bit at Harbor Freight there like 18 dollars there shaped like a cone. That's what I use.
  8. jp61

    jp61 Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Congrats on your new smoker! 

  9. big k-dawg

    big k-dawg Fire Starter

    Great job James! A beautiful pit that should yield fantastic meats for years to come!:)
  10. If you're going with a bit that size, drill a pilot (as mentioned above ) and step up a with smaller bits as you go. Nice cooker!
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2016
  11. bena

    bena Meat Mopper

    How many people just went to their local Craigslist and searched for Klose !  Congrats!
  12. jamesw

    jamesw Fire Starter

    Nice machine.
  13. It'd a big bit!

    Thanks for all the input. That 13/16 drill bit finally came yesterday. Took forever. As some members stated. I plan on starting small and keep moving up. I've got alot of smaller drill bits. But also picked up a 1/2 drill bit to make the process go smoother.

    Plan on drilling out the holes tomorrow. And will fire her up for the first time Sunday morning. I plan on doing just a couple of ribs to test the smoker out. Gotta figure out the right amount of charcoal/firewood combo. Air vents etc. Promise to post pics Sunday!

    Thanks for all the help.

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