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Old 04-21-2016, 08:10 AM   #1
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Smoker/bbq build

Here is my project. Its a little farther along now. One side is a smoker the other a charcoal grill. Its all made from water heaters and some scrap pipe and an old axle we had around the farm.

modelded after one I seen at bass pro shop for 1700 bucks

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Old 04-22-2016, 09:08 AM   #2
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That Horizon you are modeling yours after is made from 1/4" steel. Do those water heaters have the same thickness? I own a Horizon 16 Classic. Got tired of replacing the junk, home improvement store, offset smokers. I also added a tuning plate which I had to order because Bass Pro doesn't carry them.
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That Horizon you are modeling yours after is made from 1/4" steel. Do those water heaters have the same thickness? I own a Horizon 16 Classic. Got tired of replacing the junk, home improvement store, offset smokers. I also added a tuning plate which I had to order because Bass Pro doesn't carry them.
"tuning plate" ? TIA
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Old 04-22-2016, 08:58 PM   #4
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Gotta put some mag wheels on that trailer and a MINIMUM of 4 bottle openers on that trailer. :) Looking good. That's gonna put out a lot of great ribs, chicken, brisket, corn on the cob, etc..

That shop looks awesome. I'd love to have a workspace that big.
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"tuning plate" ? TIA
Tuning plate.
16" Convection Plate (Item# HSA004) — Horizon Smokers
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Cool as heck Craig. You might remember i was considering upgrading my tunnel smoker and this is the thing I wanted to make. But I was not exactly sure how to go about it.
It seems a bit pricey for a piece of metal. I'm retired now and do not have access to a machine shop anymore.
Had i still been working, the picture would be all I needed to have my machinist make it for me. I notice its welded to another small piece of stock. Did you have to get yours welded?
Thanks very much.
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If this piece eliminates hot spots and increases the cooking area, why isn't it a part of all the smokers?
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If this piece eliminates hot spots and increases the cooking area, why isn't it a part of all the smokers?
You would have to ask the manufacturers.
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You would have to ask the manufacturers.
I was just wondering if there was a function of the smoker where you would not want that part. Always curious.
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If this piece eliminates hot spots and increases the cooking area, why isn't it a part of all the smokers?
I've always wondered that myself.
This is why many people end up modifying their big box store offset smokers......especially Char Grillers.
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