What Size for 100% Wood?

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by joesuits4, Aug 7, 2012.

  1. I,m thinking of replacing my 1995 Oklahoma Joe 16" with a 100% wood burning stick burner.  What size cooker will I need to be able to use all splits?  I've read that the smaller cooker need charcoal and wood.

    Last edited: Aug 7, 2012
  2. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I has to do more with the quality of the build. Almost any charcoal smoker can be used with all wood, but it takes more tending. To really get a pleasent experience with all wood you want a smoker that is made with 1/4" steel plate, it realy retains the heat a lot better. If you use a thin metal smoker you will have a much harder time maitaining an even temp.

    Most folks use a woodburner that has a cooking chamber that is approx. 30" to 40" in length.
  3. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I have a CharGriller Smokin' Pro that I use as a stickburner, I cook ribs, chicken and sausage on it.

    For big cuts of meat I use a Weber kettle.
  4. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Like Rod said, it's the Mass that you are benefiting from ;

     However, ballast is easy to add and helps even the larger BackYard Smokers :

      Look closly at the side of my fire Box , you'll see firebrick , for holding heat and making my Smoker more efficient. No shots of the firebricks I have in the Smoking chamber. There are 6 firebrick  set in the bottom of the with [email protected] 20" -one @  30" - one @ 40" and the last three under my heating/finishing upright .

    I also have mine Baffeled and Plated: Oh, you can just see a firebrick under the plate and grill...

    and with adjustments to the bricks and plates , I can hold temp of within 10° either way for 1 to 1-1/2 hrs . before feeding her again ...

    Have fun and as always...
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2012

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