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Smoker Terminology

Post by Pete Mazz » January 10th, 2016, 7:44 am

I thought putting together some simple drawings of different smoker designs would help new builders with the terminology used here on the site, as well as the Pit Calculator.

Take a look at the Site Slang Database as well.



Reverse Flow ( RF ) Smoker
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The heat and smoke travel from the FB thru the throat area, under the BP, up thru the baffle plate gap, into and across the CC and out the chimney.




Offset Smoker
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The heat and smoke travel from the FB thru the throat area, up thru the tuning plate gaps, into the CC and out the chimney. The tuning plates are adjustable to even out the temps across the CC.




Center Feed Smoker ( CF )
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The heat and smoke travel from the FB thru the throat area, under the BP, up thru the baffle plate gaps, into and across the CC and out the chimney.




Vertical Smoker
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The heat and smoke travel up thru the throat area into the CC and up thru the chimney. There is usually a water or drip pan above the throat that deflects the direct heat from the FB. The chimney does not have to be any certain length, more like just an exhaust. Typically insulated, they are very efficient.




Gravity Feed Smoker ( GF )
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Fuel is added to the smoker thru an air tight door at the top of the chute. Gravity (hence the name), moves the fuel into the FB which acts as a furnace of sorts, and the heat and smoke move into the CC and up out of the chimney. Some folks use a controller with a blower but others have found that adjusting a simple ball valve is all it takes to maintain a steady temperature. Being airtight, the charcoal in the chute doesn't burn until it moves down into the FB as the used charcoal turns to ash. Typically insulated, they are very efficient and can be run for many hours without adding fuel.



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Re: Smoker Terminology

Post by Rodcrafter » January 10th, 2016, 10:50 am

Great job Pete!!!!!! This stuff will be a sticky and should be along side the pit calc too. You're right many people don't understand the terms until they're almost done building their first smoker.


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Post by WyomingLawDog » January 10th, 2016, 10:53 am

Yes Pete, I was not sure on some of the terms and read many posts to figure it out. Will help new guys for sure!



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Post by Pete Mazz » January 13th, 2016, 5:35 am

Thanks guys!

Added a Vertical and Gravity Feed smoker to the mix.


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Post by SAFETYHARBORREDNECK » January 23rd, 2016, 11:49 am

Great job Pete.thanks


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Post by Frank_Cox » January 25th, 2016, 8:15 pm

Awesome job! Thanks for doing this!

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Post by forty_creek » January 26th, 2016, 11:40 pm

Strong Work Pete!


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