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Old 06-27-2013, 10:09 AM   #1
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Hey All,

This year I got a horizontal offset smoker for Fathers Day. Very excited! I know that there are many other models that are less hassle than the OS but it just appeals to me for some reason and I was willing to put in the work to make it great!

So I did a ton of research on all of the best modifications to help it reach appropriate temperatures and hold them.

Here it is in the box (Total cost was $208)



Built a wire charcoal basket



Lined the bottom of the firebox



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Extended the stack to the grate



Stove gasket cement between the firebox and the cooking chamber

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Old 06-27-2013, 10:10 AM   #3
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Sealed the door with high temp silicone



The seal



No chamber leaks



You can see the foil wrapped fire bricks in the bottom. Also have a metal plate that goes over them.

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Old 06-27-2013, 10:14 AM   #4
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Sealed the smoke stack



Thin blue smoke (hard to see!)

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Old 06-27-2013, 10:23 AM   #5
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Looks good Jeff! Have you done anything on it yet?
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Not yet, putting a chicken in brine this afternoon that I am going to cook Saturday. (Brine for 24, dry in the fridge for 24, and rub for a few hours.
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:51 AM   #7
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Looks great; if this is a new hobby to you, it will become addicting quickly. Congratulations and enjoy. Steve
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:23 PM   #8
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Looks like you are heading down the hill at a good pace. Enjoy the ride Jeff!
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Old 06-27-2013, 02:29 PM   #9
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Somebodies been trolling through the smoker mod threads at other forums...........
EXCELLENT reading comprehension and physical....doing of...stuff.
That's the fancy charcoal, too...Charbon du bois franc. I don't think we HAVE that in the US.
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Wow, When I got my now dilapidated horizontal grill/smoker, I didn't even buy the smoker box. I bet things would've went MUCH more smoothly had I done the proper research and modifications like this. That being said, I've learned how to keep 225-250 on a horizontal style unit on which the intakes are rusted almost completely open.

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That's the fancy charcoal, too...Charbon du bois franc. I don't think we HAVE that in the US.
Nope. I believe that's what Canadians do with all the broken hockey sticks.
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hehehe, ooh, Peter, you are always fun to have around, especially on a rainy Friday
in the hottest place in the US, or so it would seem. I am sort of in the same boat,
my grill is oriented pretty medium-long, and it doesn't even offer a firebox, but outside
of cooking for a party, I can indirect-heat some great smoked meat. After my experience,
I almost consider the firebox a hassle. I am sure (espec. with the mods.) that it is gonna
be PERFECT (with some experience). I can't wait to see what a meat sale is gonna bring
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That's the fancy charcoal, too...Charbon du bois franc. I don't think we HAVE that in the US.
Yeah, just a little bit of research.

Other than briquet (which I have some of as well) that was the only lump I could get. Price is crazy though, like a buck a pound or more....

First smoke is happening tomorrow, rain or shine. Chicken will have been in brine 24 hours as of 1 today and then it will sit in the fridge and dry until tomorrow.
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Oh, and my Maverick ET73 is supposed to arrive today but I have serious doubts about that....
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Great job, Jeff!! A man after my own heart - I love to mod grills to be what they were suppose to be to start with. You've got a great setup now and that Maverick will only top the cake. Many years of good smoking/grilling ahead. Again, most excellent!

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Well, first snag LOL. My digital thermometer was supposed to arrive on Thursday but it is nowhere in sight! I will have to wing it with the two old-school probes that I have... One is at least semi-reliable!
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Awesome mods! Did you see that the big bags of Royal Oak lump are half price at Lowes today? Grabbed 3.
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Looks awesome. I wish I had done the same thing with my smoker.
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Do you have a Costco membership or someone who will let you tag along?
They carry the Nature's own hardwood charcoal, 8 kg bag for $12.69.
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Awesome mods! Did you see that the big bags of Royal Oak lump are half price at Lowes today? Grabbed 3.
Thanks for the heads up! I headed over and grabbed a few bags!

The first run on the smoker went 'meh...'

Food tasted good, chicken was a tad dry. Had temperature issues and couldn't tell how hot the grill was since I had no real thermometer so I finished the chicken on the gas grill after about 5 hours on the smoker. I did figure out how to get the temp cranked after the fact though by playing with the vents after the chicken came off. Pictures when I can get to it!
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