Tuning/convection plate size

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by sky1926, Jul 11, 2015.

  1. sky1926

    sky1926 Fire Starter

    USA
    Did a search..couldn't find the answer

    Just got this smoker [​IMG]

    It's a mix between the highland and the longhorn with the gas on the end...Looks like the plates most people have don't reach from one side to the other...my question is what size should the plate be if the dimensions of the smoke box are 20 Wide x 19 deep...I was thinking like a 16x16 or so

    Follow up question, about what size should the coal basket be? Not much info on how that should be sized

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    So it looks like the mirror image of my grill chargriller 5050. So I bought a 18 inch convection plate from horizon and had to cut off 1 1/2 inches to fit it in the CC. After putting
    In two 4 inch turning plates , I got 10 degrees
    Diff from one side to the other
     
  3. sky1926

    sky1926 Fire Starter

    USA
    Hey thanks for the reply...I stuck an 18 inch cookie sheet and it fit great for the width, a 19 inch pan fit great for the length...any idea on how high/low off the bottom the plate should be?
     
  4. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The horizon plate I bought has a 45degree lip
    So I raised it to cover the FB opening making almost a RFplate. I got a box of fire bricks and bought some burner tents to wedge the plate to the correct height
    And I used the grills that came with the fire box to support the plate
     
  5. sky1926

    sky1926 Fire Starter

    USA
    Ah that's a brilliant idea...I may have to go that route...not any metal fab places close by..how long is your plate? Looks like most people's don't go further than maybe a little over halfway the length of their cooking chamber...I guess that depends on the kinda smoking you need to do though
     
  6. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    My cc is about 20 inch wide . The convection plate covers all bit 2 inches . But as you see I had to cover the holes with two 4x10 1/4 inch steel plate from Lowes. These r the holes closer to the firebox.. Had to play with them to get the temp even .
    I had a prob with the side away from the FB was hotter than the FB side.. Lol
    Also extended the stack down to grate level
    I love the results. It's not a Lang but it works great..
    Did I mention the IQ120 on it?
     
  7. sky1926

    sky1926 Fire Starter

    USA
    Oh nice! Yea that's the next step down the road is a regulator..I picked up a maverick from a-maze-n on their July 4th sale...just got to get this plate figured out..might just go get an 18" and cut it do fit the length
     
  8. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you need any help send me a private message. We r all here to help each orher
     
  9. sky1926

    sky1926 Fire Starter

    USA


    Went to lowes..what you think of this set up...excuse the bricks, they are holding the 45 degree plate up
     
  10. sky1926

    sky1926 Fire Starter

    USA


    Thoughts? Gonna fire it up this week sometime and check the temps
     
  11. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It's a fantastic use of steel plate but it has to cover the entire opening between the cc and the FB Or the heat will take the path of least resistance and go above your plate and out the stack . You won't have very even heat from side to side.
     
  12. sky1926

    sky1926 Fire Starter

    USA


    Pretty happy with this for the first run..need to seal up a few places but it'll work this weekend for sure
     

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