tuning plates or diffuser plate

Discussion in 'Side Fire Box' started by austin buckeye, Jun 24, 2014.

  1. austin buckeye

    austin buckeye Smoke Blower

    I have an Old Country Pecos smoker with uneven heating zones. It comes with a firebox baffle which aids in heating, however the chimney side, opposite the firebox, is cooler.

    My question for the experienced smokers is should I use a diffuser plate or tuning plates?

    what works best?
     
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Tuning plates..... preferably above the opening between the FB and CC.... that is the only place they work well.... Then adjust the spacing to your desired temp zones.....
     
  3. austin buckeye

    austin buckeye Smoke Blower

    Would 1 or 2 5 inch tuning plates at the firebox and then a 22" diffuser plate work? Has anyone configured this type of setup? I'm sure the only way to know for certain is to just try it. I'm wondering if it has been done before with some success. Thanks all
     
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Using tuning plates makes the heat totally adjustable..... a diffuser plate is not adjustable.... take your pick.....
     
  5. austin buckeye

    austin buckeye Smoke Blower

    sounds good Dave. Thank you
     
  6. kwandtke

    kwandtke Newbie

    so for tuning plates .. I'm assuming steel plates .. what kind of gauge and where do you find them?
     
  7. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You have them made at a steel shop.... cut to fit your smoker.... usually about 1/4" thick....
     
  8. grillmonkey

    grillmonkey Smoking Fanatic

    I have 3/8" aluminum plates that seem to work good and the overall weight is lower than steel (if that matters to you). I had the aluminum which I cut into plates to the desired widths using a circular saw with a metal cutting blade I got from Ace for $5. It makes a clean cut and looks professional. I don't think the metal cutting blade I used would cut steel that thick (I know my saw wouldn't), so unless you have a plasma cutter or something, you will need to go to a steel working shop.
     
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2014

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