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daluqfam



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13 17 11:43 pm    Post subject: Baffled by my baffle? Reply with quote

Hey Guys, I'm new to forum and smoking... but really having fun learning. Thanks, for all that y'all share.

I have an offset, "stick burner", smoker that I'm continually learning. For the last 4mos I've done 15-20 smokings on it, and most have been amatuerishly successful (LOL). Being new to smoking, I'm not yet good at fire mgmt and temp balance in the CC. Most of my past smokes (before the addition of the new baffle) the FB side of the CC ran 50-60deg hotter than the exhaust side. I ordered a 14.5in long baffle from Island and after testing yesterday, my exhaust side runs 40deg hotter than the FB side. ???? I smoke with my exhaust chimney wide open and I use the damper and door opening at the FB to control burn & CC temp. (FWIW, I used post oak yesterday.) Additional info about the dimensions of my smoker: Using the calculator, it seems as though my FB is 70% larger than recommended, throat opening on the small side, and chimney could be taller. But for the time being, cooker dimensions are what they are.

My questions are: "Why such a redistribution of the heat with just a 14.5in baffle plate? And, more important,... how do I rebalance it?" Searching for help, Thanks from a "newby"!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21 17 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum daluqfam. Very Happy

Does the plate have holes in it?
Typically when this happens you are allowing the heat to travel under the plate and exit the exhaust side. Try sliding the plate towards the exhaust a bit to open the firebox side some. Or if the plate has graduated holes try flipping it around.
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daluqfam



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21 17 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey k.a.m., thanks for answering. My baffle does have holes in it, in ascending size (larger toward the exhaust). But it is a one piece baffle and doesn't have much adjustments in it's design. I'll gladly give it a go and slide the baffle away from the firebox slightly and monitor the temp swing. Thanks for the suggestion. On flipping the plate around ?? don't think that'll work because of the intake angle ramp on the fb side.

Thanks, again, k.a.m.
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