Gravity feed reverse flow

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Re: Gravity feed reverse flow

Postby Tom_Heath » December 30th, 2014, 7:36 pm

So about how many lbs did it take to fill for the ten hour burn?


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Re: Gravity feed reverse flow

Postby Puff » December 30th, 2014, 9:39 pm

If I may take a guess....about 45 lbs to fill the chute?


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Re: Gravity feed reverse flow

Postby T&ERun » December 31st, 2014, 9:33 am

It takes about 3.5 bags (kingsford 20lbs) and about 30 chunks (fist size) of wood to get the initial fire going and to fill the chute about three quarters full. This nets about 10-11 hours. It's an expensive cook to say the least. I've only did it twice now (usually stick burn). I'm going to try to add a baffle plate in the chute to make it more narrow. The way it is now, I run the chimney damper wide open and the FB intakes about 1/3 open. With a smaller fire, I'm guessing I'll have to run it a little hotter. I may not get the 10 hour burn time. We'll see. I am going to try to see how it burns with just using wood chucks and no charcoal. I'll post results when I do it. Maybe awhile though.



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Re: Gravity feed reverse flow

Postby DunnSmoke » December 31st, 2014, 3:53 pm

I just posted for feed back on another forum.
I have a 20 x 36 tank that I am wanting to experiment with.

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How do you like the almost no maintenance fire that this offers?
What type of temperatures can you maintain?
I am going to square off my ends and add a small charcoal basket to the opposite end for burgers and steaks.



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Re: Gravity feed reverse flow

Postby T&ERun » January 1st, 2015, 5:16 pm

I love the no maintenance fire other than it takes so much fuel. Using charcoal it gets real expensive. I usually smoke with just traditional firewood size hickory and cherry and remove the chute. With my smoker (67"x24" tank) I can get it up to 325 with the gravity feed. I smoke at 250 and I get that running my chimney wide open with the FB intakes set to about 1/3 open.



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Re: Gravity feed reverse flow

Postby DunnSmoke » January 1st, 2015, 6:11 pm

Thanks for the feedback T&ERun
The tank I will be working with is 20 x 36. I hope I can do as good of job as you did.



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Re: Gravity feed reverse flow

Postby T&ERun » January 1st, 2015, 11:05 pm

DunnSmoke wrote:I hope I can do as good of job as you did.


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Re: Gravity feed reverse flow

Postby dkellogg3 » September 13th, 2017, 5:42 am

Hey all - looks like the pictures, and T&E hasn't been around for a while. Did anyone happen to save these picturea locally?



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Re: Gravity feed reverse flow

Postby Big T » September 13th, 2017, 6:29 am

I don't think anyone has the pictures. A lot of guys were using photo bucket to share pictures and the recently made some changes which removed a lot of pictures from the forum. I remember this build, he built a regular offset RF but on top of the FB he had a square cut out, he made a plate to cover the hole and it had flat nomex gasket and 2 latches to seal it off tight. He built a gravity feed chute and FB with a flange that matched the opening in top of the FB. He could remove the plate and install the GF system or block it off and run it as a regular RF.


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