salt block slabs as electric smoker heat sink/diffuser

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by delfuegosr, Feb 27, 2017.

  1. delfuegosr

    delfuegosr Newbie

    Anyone tried these big salt cooking slabs for heat sinks/diffuser in MES's? Seems like they would stabilize/deflect heat  pretty well.
     
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Bricks wrapped in foil will work...   Salt may corrode your smoker....
     
  3. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yep, I use hard fire brick. Once they heat up, they hold temp really well.
     
  4. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Bricks, concrete, clay flower pots, etc....  All a lot cheaper and more durable than a salt block and zero chance of salt corrosion.  Thermal mass is thermal mass, be it water, sand, concrete, etc...
     
  5. Cranky - question.  

    What do the heat sinks do for smoking?

    How big are the fire bricks and where do get them?

    Where do you place them in a 30" MES?

    Thanks

    DW

    Still just a driver and a three wood between our houses.....
     
  6. I just use a water pan. As has been said you're just wanting additional thermal mass which makes maintaining temps far easier. 
     
  7. I see now. And my MES does have temp swings with the on/off cycles.

    Thanks

    DW
     
  8. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The thermal mass makes recovery faster after opening the doors and also can assist in more even temps.

    I use "1/2 bricks" in mine. 1" thick x 4.5" x 9". I buy my bricks from GarTex Masonry Supply on Plano Road. Almost at the intersection of Plano road and 635.

    DW, I owe you a visit for sure. Did you download my workbook? PM me if you need the location again.
     

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