Temp probe locations (one more time)...

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Re: Temp probe locations (one more time)...

Postby jim D » Thu Jan 21, 2016 2:47 pm

Man, lots of good responses here, and it all leads me to say this is a lot of trouble and fine tuning and careful monitoring. I admire you guys that can keep working at it to get this type cooking under control and reliable.
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Re: Temp probe locations (one more time)...

Postby Chasdev » Thu Jan 21, 2016 6:08 pm

It's all about the "pale blue smoke"...sort of the holy grail of bbq..Franklin's book got me looking for it and believe me, when you get your rig producing it the meat is the best ever.
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Re: Temp probe locations (one more time)...

Postby k.a.m. » Thu Jan 21, 2016 6:48 pm

Chasdev wrote:It's all about the "pale blue smoke"...sort of the holy grail of bbq..Franklin's book got me looking for it and believe me, when you get your rig producing it the meat is the best ever.

Just remember you can achieve the pale blue between 250°/275° just as easily as 275°/300° once you learn how to manage your coal base. ;)
About only time you see any smoke in my exhaust running at 250°/275° is when I add a split. Most of the time it is just a heat signature.
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Re: Temp probe locations (one more time)...

Postby Chasdev » Fri Jan 22, 2016 6:03 am

I think I just got a case of firebox envy..
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Re: Temp probe locations (one more time)...

Postby k.a.m. » Fri Jan 22, 2016 9:40 am

Chasdev wrote:I think I just got a case of firebox envy..

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Re: Temp probe locations (one more time)...

Postby Chasdev » Tue Jan 26, 2016 11:58 am

Okay, got an upgraded firebox grate, found a welder near my house, turns out he builds custom pits on request too.
THIS should take care of airflow, ash build up and gives me room to shovel.
Here's the old one for comparison.
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Re: Temp probe locations (one more time)...

Postby k.a.m. » Tue Jan 26, 2016 12:24 pm

Now you're talking. ;) If you find you are losing live embers through the gaps then just add a piece of #9 flat expanded metal to the top.
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Re: Temp probe locations (one more time)...

Postby Chasdev » Tue Jan 26, 2016 6:56 pm

I think it will be alright, it's only 18 inches long (by 14 wide) and there are 16 cross bars so the gaps are around 1inch.
In any case, I'll gladly trade air flow for some coal drops..
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Re: Temp probe locations (one more time)...

Postby bsooner75 » Tue Jan 26, 2016 6:57 pm

Nice looking upgrade on the grate.


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Re: Temp probe locations (one more time)...

Postby k.a.m. » Tue Jan 26, 2016 7:40 pm

Chasdev wrote:I think it will be alright, it's only 18 inches long (by 14 wide) and there are 16 cross bars so the gaps are around 1inch.
In any case, I'll gladly trade air flow for some coal drops..

1" is pretty wide for no more coals than it will take to run your cooker kinda like a WSM grate we use two grates turned 90° to each other to keep the burning coals out of the ash. The grate I built my back yard was 1/2" gaps made pretty similar to yours it worked well. That is why I offered the expanded metal tip it will help keep your burning coals from suffocating in ash.
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Re: Temp probe locations (one more time)...

Postby Chasdev » Wed Jan 27, 2016 6:10 am

I'll try to find a piece..local guys don't want to ruin a sheet to sell me a 14x18 slice, that's how I ended up with the grate I bought, could not find expanded metal chunk..
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Re: Temp probe locations (one more time)...

Postby txsmkmstr » Wed Jan 27, 2016 8:15 am

For smaller pieces try Lowe's, Home Depot, Tractor Supply, etc. You'll pay a bit more but they have small stuff already cut.
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Re: Temp probe locations (one more time)...

Postby k.a.m. » Wed Jan 27, 2016 9:20 am

txsmkmstr wrote:For smaller pieces try Lowe's, Home Depot, Tractor Supply, etc. You'll pay a bit more but they have small stuff already cut.

As txsmkmstr mentioned Home depot or lowes carry's it in the hardware section. It is not #9 I believe it is 14 gauge but it is 3/4" expanded. It comes in 24" square pieces.
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Re: Temp probe locations (one more time)...

Postby Chasdev » Wed Jan 27, 2016 4:02 pm

Found some, and found this too.
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Re: Temp probe locations (one more time)...

Postby k.a.m. » Wed Jan 27, 2016 4:14 pm

That is pretty cool. :D Is it pretty quick on the recovery?
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