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davefan360
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PostPosted: Mon May 05 14 10:00 am    Post subject: how far between cook grates? Reply with quote

I am building a dp clone is 6 inches between the two grates OK? I know more is better. I am building it for bbq comps, 2 butts 1 packer brisket and 3 slabs. Chicken is done on a weber kettle. The bottom grate would be 25x29. The top grate will be between 22/23x29.
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k.a.m.
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PostPosted: Mon May 05 14 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

6" is plenty for what you are wanting. If you can squeeze 7" then you will be good to go with turkeys in pans.
i hope this helps. :d
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PostPosted: Thu May 08 14 5:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i think mine are at 7" and ive ran into a few briskets scraping the bottom of the top rack, not a huge issue just have to watch them......i need to cook some butts to see how they will clear, if not the top rack has plenty of room
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PostPosted: Mon May 19 14 5:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I built mine with 6" spacing. Never tried a turkey but it's done everything else I've asked. It isn't easy to get 2 racks into a horizontal tank 24" in diameter. Building low profile cooking grates helped.
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PostPosted: Mon May 19 14 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

seattlepitboss wrote:
I built mine with 6" spacing. Never tried a turkey but it's done everything else I've asked. It isn't easy to get 2 racks into a horizontal tank 24" in diameter. Building low profile cooking grates helped.

My grates are 6.25" apart. I can promise you a 12# to 15# turkeys breast will rub the bottom of the upper grate.
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PostPosted: Tue May 20 14 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I needed to do turkeys I'd just take out the top racks and put the birds on the bottom racks. Would only be a problem if I needed to smoke more than 8 turkeys at once. Since I've never even done one, I don't see that happening any time soon! Smile

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PostPosted: Tue May 20 14 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

seattlepitboss wrote:
If I needed to do turkeys I'd just take out the top racks and put the birds on the bottom racks. Would only be a problem if I needed to smoke more than 8 turkeys at once. Since I've never even done one, I don't see that happening any time soon! Smile

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We maxed out at 16 in December, I wont cook that many again.
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