500 Gallon Reverse Flow

500 Gallon Reverse Flow

Postby solaryellow » Tue Sep 20, 2011 3:33 am

It has been killing me not to work on my dry curing chamber but this beast has been in the way.

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Today it finally found its way onto a trailer so I can get back to what I really want to pursue.

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Just have to crank out 100 lbs of kielbasa on Thursday for the festival we are vending on Saturday and then hopefully it will be back to the dry curing chamber.
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Postby DanMcG » Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:34 am

That smoker is a monster Joel. Good luck with your first vending gig!
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Postby NCPaul » Tue Sep 20, 2011 11:03 am

What do you mean by reverse flow? That smoker will have no trouble doing a 100 pounds of kielbasa. :D
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Postby solaryellow » Tue Sep 20, 2011 12:07 pm

DanMcG wrote:That smoker is a monster Joel. Good luck with your first vending gig!


Thanks Dan! The weather is looking perfect so I think we are going to do well.
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Postby solaryellow » Tue Sep 20, 2011 12:25 pm

NCPaul wrote:What do you mean by reverse flow? That smoker will have no trouble doing a 100 pounds of kielbasa. :D


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See how the chimney is on the same side as the firebox? There is a plate that runs almost the entire length of the smoke chamber and stops 14" from the far left side. When the heat and smoke enter the smoke chamber it has to go all the way down the left side and then back across to the right hand side to exit. This heats up the plate and provides even temperatures from end to end. Most offset smokers have the chimney on the opposite side of the firebox and since heat rises you often get uneven temps from end to end without adding baffles and tuning plates.

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Here is a picture of the reverse flow plate as we constructed it.

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And yes, it sure will hold that amount of kielbasa. :D

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Postby vagreys » Wed Sep 21, 2011 6:16 pm

Pitt's & Spitt's uses a reverse flow baffle in their offset designs, although it doesn't run back to the firebox, and instead makes another turn through the horizontal smoker and then exits through the vertical smoker at the opposite end from the firebox.

Neat design.
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Postby solaryellow » Wed Sep 21, 2011 6:56 pm

Thanks Tom!

We put a damper in place to control the heat and smoke going from the smoke chamber to the warming box. It works pretty well too.

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Postby kimgary » Wed Sep 21, 2011 7:00 pm

Nice job and nice welding.

What paint finish do you use?

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Postby solaryellow » Wed Sep 21, 2011 7:15 pm

We applied Ospho to convert the rust and then painted with 2 coats of Thurmalox 270. I forgot to order thinner at the time so we brushed it on instead of spraying it.

Ospho - http://www.ospho.com/

Thurmalox 270 - http://www.stovepaint.com/
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Postby DanMcG » Wed Sep 21, 2011 7:47 pm

Whatt Joel no bar napkins to draw your trailer design on, so ya had to use the smoker?
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Postby solaryellow » Wed Sep 21, 2011 8:47 pm

Pretty much. :lol:

Gotta keep the expenses down. :wink:
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Postby culinairezaken » Sun Sep 25, 2011 4:42 pm

That's what i call a smoker!

I feel kind a silly with a 30inch smoker....
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Postby solaryellow » Mon Sep 26, 2011 1:28 am

culinairezaken wrote:That's what i call a smoker!

I feel kind a silly with a 30inch smoker....


My favorite smoker is still my ugly drum smoker. The UDS is like the wife or girlfriend we wish we could all have (easy to operate and not needing a whole lot of attention) while the one above is like the wife or girlfriend we all have (constantly needing attention). :lol:

This little fella was the highlight of the day though. He wouldn't stop gnawing on that rib for anything in the world.

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Postby culinairezaken » Thu Sep 29, 2011 6:58 pm

Last picture is absolutely the best!
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