NEW WRAPPING/ MOPPING STATION- Solves the problem of losing too much heat in GF smoker:
Thinking about making a swing arm next to my furnace section, and attaching it to the frame. This way I can bust the door open quickly and pull out up to at least two expanded metal cook grates and wrap or mop with the doors closed. Which will save teh valuable heat/time.
Unlike my stick burner, which I can get back up to temp in a few minutes after opening to wrap or mop, My GF takes much longer, especially if I leave the door open and do the wrapping on the slides. I can drop 150 -200 deg F. in no time. Then it takes much longer to get back up to cook temp. I do have and external folding shelf, which I use for other stuff, and don't want to get greasy wrapping or unwrapping on that shelf. Also, I am one of those weirdo's that hate flies (grease =flies) LOL!! I am thinking about welding a bracket down low on the frame, with a swivel pole, and essentially building a couple of external expanded metal tray slides to attach to this pole, which I can swing behind my cooker when not in use, and will be out of the way (may be a double articulating arm) .
On a side note, I also have learned that by pushing my GF to the edge of my patio concrete (mine is a patio model) and by turning the door towards the grass, all grease falls on the grass and not on my finished patio. Then I just wash the grass down a bit where the grease falls (no flies haha!). I was making a bunch of grease spots on my concrete, which I will need to pressure wash this spring for sure.
I think the new swiveling external cook grate holder will be a nice feature for my current set-up. I will post pics when I get it done. I have some rough hieroglyphics that I have drawn up, but am too embarrassed to post, and too lazy to draw on CADD to make presentable. So I'll be building from my hand sketches after I verify a few dimensions. As and added bonus, I think I have all materials on hand back in my bone yard-