New build, one question

Discussion in 'Reverse Flow' started by jdshields, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. jdshields

    jdshields Newbie

    I am building a patio RF smoker from 16in pipe.

    How far from the RF plate should the cooking grate be placed?

    I am looking at about 3in between the RF plate and grate.

    Is this to close?
  2. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    How hi is your RF plate from the bottom of the smoker.

  3. jdshields

    jdshields Newbie

    I like your drawing. I tried to draw what I am looking to build but gave up, computers:>(

    so here goes: center fire box with 8in hole in center of smoker RF plate 4in above bottom. cooking grate 3in above RF plate.

    stack centered in smoker just above grate. the pit calc calls for 32sq in.  hole between fire box and smoke chamber.

    4in equals 26sq in but I thought this would be ok because smoke is moving in both directions around the RF plate so that would equal 52sq in.

    let me know what you thank?!!
  4. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    What he said
  5. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I am not sure but 3" seems tight

    When you add the grates, make sure they slide or are removable, with a 16" diameter your gonna have roughly 8" headspace.

    Here's mine with the grate slid over to do a 12lb turkey

  6. jdshields

    jdshields Newbie

    That a great idea!

  7. chinasmoke

    chinasmoke Smoke Blower

    that's an amazing looking turkey
  8. fourthwind

    fourthwind Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    In smokers 36 inches in length or less we go a minimum of 4 inches, and prefer to go 5.   At three inches you will have some issue's with having too high of a radiant heat from that plate on the firebox end.  You can offset that a little by going with a thicker RF plate.  1/4 inch plate will help a little.  I will put this in a little bit of perspective.  At 4 inches we can grill chicken on the firebox side of the smoker while running at 230°.  This is using 3/16 steel for the RF plate.
  9. jdshields

    jdshields Newbie

    After a lot of reading of post of what other have done I have decided not to build a reverse flow smoker:>(

    From what I have read the 16 inch pipe seems to small for an RF smoker.

    All hope is not lost I plan to build a modified horizontal side firebox smoker.

    The RF smoker may come later.

    I will take lots of pics and keep you all updated.

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