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Adding a warmer box......Can I?

 
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Supercontinent



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 04 14 7:42 am    Post subject: Adding a warmer box......Can I? Reply with quote

Hey everyone. I built a smoker a couple years ago and now want to add a warmer box to it. I cant really find anything related to this topic using the search. I assume it will affect the performance of the smoker a bit. Just looking for some tips or experience on this. THANKS!
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k.a.m.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 04 14 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Supercontinent, do you have pics of the cooker you are wanting to put a warmer on?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 04 14 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are just building a warmer above the firebox, you can take the heat from the metal of the top of the firebox without it affecting your cooker temperatures.

If you want to take some heat off the exhaust, or re-route the exhaust through the warmer, you have a chance of the warmer affecting the cooking chamber.

Throw up a picture or two of the firebox and which way you are thinking of working it, and someone will advise you better!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 05 14 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies folks! Here are a couple photos. I was going to put the warmer box directly above the fire box. But with a gap between the two boxes so I can still preheat my logs. Then plumb the warmer box over to the cooking chamber wherever i need to to feed the warmer box. This is a reverse flow smoker. The fire box is a 24" cube. The cooking chamber is 40"W x 30"H x 24"D. So the warmer would be 24"W x 24"D for sure. Not sure how tall yet.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 05 14 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Make the bottom of your warmer the top of your firebox. The radiant heat is all you will need. Mine runs between 145° and 160° while I am cooking. I have three shelves in mine with dutch doors, I warm my splits below the bottom shelf.
I hope this helps. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01 14 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe I don't know so I have to ask. What is the purpose of warming the wood before placing it in the burn box?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01 14 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Asphalt Cowboy wrote:
Maybe I don't know so I have to ask. What is the purpose of warming the wood before placing it in the burn box?

Pre-warming your splits allows for a faster ignition when you place them in the coals. This will help alleviate most if not all of your slight white smoke you may get when adding a new split. I usually leave my firebox door open for a few seconds to watch the new pre-warmed split catch. This does two things.
1.) It lets me make sure the split has caught.

2.) It lets any white smoke leave the firebox door opening before entering my cooking chamber.
I hope this helps. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01 14 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes Sir kam
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01 14 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just weld it right on to the top of your firebox. If you decide it isn't hot enough you can just add a butterfly vent to the top of the firebox or to the side of your smoke chamber to get more heat.
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