Picked up my new Oklahoma Joe smoker

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by bryanmp9c, May 3, 2014.

  1. bryanmp9c

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    This was the pic I took at the store so I could look at it for weeks while I was deciding what to buy.
     
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    I have a few build pics along with mods in the process. This looks to be a nice unit for the price.
     
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    2" angle iron for a side support and will give me a place to mount my deflector plate when I make it.
     
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    Box is siliconed to prevent leaks.
     
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    I came up with a great idea for the door leak issues. This worked amazing.
     
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    Flat 1" plate welded inside and a piece laid flat slightly rolled on the bottom to keep the door opening size from shrinking too much.
     
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    Then the cool fix for the door so it opens vs stopping on the welded plate. Stainless steel hardware with a spring so the door is spring loaded but slides right past the seal plates.
     
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    I made my own exhaust extension vs running the hvac pipe.
     
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    To finish I need to rope seal the doors. I also think I'm going to add a few extra bolts to the fire box sense they only put 4 in from the factory ( should be 8 ) I also need to decide what to do for thermometers. Which I'm still trying to locate. Any other ideas ? Or something I missed ?
     
  12. Please let me know if the rope works .
     
  13. bryanmp9c

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    Will do I have seen a few types they make rope and make a flat gasket too which might work better. I just have to see what I can find local.
     
  14. I just picked up my Oklahoma Joe from Walmart for under three hundred bucks.  It is a slightly smaller model but all in all it is the same smoker.  I sealed the fire box as you did, but the high temp temp sealer I got locally was old and hard to get out of the tube, but it worked.  I also picked up some flat rope gasket.  I put that around the main chamber door.  Only one problem there.  The gasket at the top keeps the door from closing tight.  I took it off for now but I will put it back when I get door latches installed.  I saw another post here about the door latches from Lowes that work well but I will look for something that is spring loaded for that though. I also found that the door didn't fit tight out of the box.  One side was a little higher when closed.  That was easily resolved with a screwdriver.  I placed a small screwdriver under the hing on the high side and applied a little pressure to adjust the hinge there.  Worked great.  I will be putting the flat rope back on the top of the door when I find a good set of latches.  I did a high temp (400 degrees) burn in to set everything.  Today I will be doing a test cook.  Ribs I think to see how well it works.  Also this will help season the smoker.  I getting happier by the minute.  Here are a couple of pics.


     
    Last edited: May 18, 2014
  15. bryanmp9c

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    It is a great smoker I am still tweaking mine I have done a few burns in it for seasoning and have cooked a few things on the fire chamber side but I haven't smoked anything yet. I should be smoking next weekend.
     
  16. I have the OK joe also and I saved up bacon ,sausage and hamburger grease and coated the inside on mine with that to speed up the seasoning process. now it works like a well oiled machine
     
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    It is a great smoker I am still tweaking mine. I just did my next mod as I'm still waiting for my gasket to show up.
     
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    I picked up a set of river county stats they look really nice. They are 2" stainless with a fine calibration screw on the back side so you can make sure there spot on.
     

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