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Rajun Gardener

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"BJ's Sale" Oklahoma Joe's Highland Reverse-Flow Smoker

11 April 2018 - 09:29 AM

This is a good deal if there's a BJ's around you.



Cheap offset smoker upgrades

06 April 2018 - 11:46 AM

I found a New Braunsfels smoker on CL for $50. It's been used 3 times to cook steaks, it was kept outside with a cover then eventually in the garage. The metal is in good shape, no rust holes but the bottom shelf is dented. This thing hasn't been used enough to call it seasoned.

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I fired it up and threw in some wood chips to check how bad it leaks and holds temp. I wasn't impressed so I started looking for mods and noticed that this fire box is about 2" higher than some of the better models. So I had to start making changes.


I picked up some 3/16" plate and started marking it out for a lower fire box and a smaller fire box to cooking chamber opening. I used a few of the pit calculators to determine the intake and exhaust opening and if that doesn't work I'll make changes later. I pulled it apart and here's where I'm at right now.


You can see the outlet from the fire box is at grill level and that makes a very hot spot so that part of the smoker is useless, maybe a water pan there would help but I'm going for better results.

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I cut part of the fire box top and left that hole to mount it for hopefully a solid seal. I cut off about 5/8" of the top lip to help the heat flow into the cooking chamber.

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You can see the ash door with all those leaks, they should've installed some plate inside the fire box to make a better seal but I'll do a temporary fix for now.

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Here's the mounting plate, you can see how much smaller I'm making the outlet for the fire box. It's 4" x 9" and should work better with a nice even flow compared to wide open burning charcoal/wood like crazy. When I tested it I used 5lbs of charcoal and it burned for about 2 hours with the temp over 300 for most of that time. I'm sure the ash door leaks had something to do with that.

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Here's the new stack I ordered, it's a 4" instead of 3" and should make a nice draw when I mount it on the side instead of the top.

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Time to get back to it, my battery is charged. More pics later.


Pepper ID Chart

27 March 2018 - 10:06 AM

I found this and thought it might be useful.



FYI. Some smokers are marked down

25 March 2018 - 09:10 AM

Walmart is almost giving away some nice smokers. It's both the 

Oklahoma Joe Bandera Smoker for $89 marked down from $389 and  the Masterbuilt Propane Smoker, cheapest I saw was $50 marked down from $249.

Enter your zipcode and see if they have any around you. You may even find them if it's not listed and this is only in stores.





Beef Back Ribs are too cheap not to try them

01 March 2018 - 04:10 PM

I saw these in the store and bought 3 packs. The price was so low I thought if all else fails I can make broth but I since learned from some Youtubes that these are awesome if cooked like a brisket. There's probably as much bones as meat but it's that good ribeye meat you get when you cook a bone in rib roast. Low and slow for 2.5 hours then wrap and another 1.5 and finally unwrapped for a little more color and set the crust. Guess what I'm doing now?

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