Deflector Plate?

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Deflector Plate?

Post by scooter » August 8th, 2016, 12:50 pm

Can some of you post pics of your deflector plates in the cooking chamber? I am trying to see how that looks. Currently, mine is a 5x5 tube coming into the center with nothing above but the racks. I have not loaded it up to cook on yet but I presume there will be a hot spot in the bottom center.

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Re: Deflector Plate?

Post by Dirtytires » August 9th, 2016, 11:42 pm

What design are you cooking with? Sounds like we need a bit more info.

Don't know if this helps, but I have a warmer above my firebox (on a reverse flow) and a 4 inch pipe to transfer the heat. I placed a solid 0.25 inch plate about 2 inches above the pipe top leaving a gap of about 2 inches around the edges. My lowest cooking rack is about 4 inches above the plate.

The plate forces the direct heat to spread out and more evenly heat the chamber by forcing it up all 4 walls. I set the plate on rails so I can remove it or change the size if I ever want or need to. This also makes it easier to clean out the bottom of the warmer box.



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Re: Deflector Plate?

Post by scooter » August 10th, 2016, 10:17 am

[quote="Dirtytires"]What design are you cooking with? Sounds like we need a bit more info.
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Re: Deflector Plate?

Post by Dirtytires » August 11th, 2016, 12:17 am

I'm not the expert on those.....never owned or cooked on one. Someone with experience will be along soon.

In the meantime, I don't see why a flat plate about an inch or so above the outlet wouldn't diffuse the heat nicely.



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Re: Deflector Plate?

Post by holyp » August 11th, 2016, 1:40 am

Frank's design has the transfer rectangular tube go all the way to the other side, and is open at the bottom (inverted u).
I believe it's southern pride cookers that have holes in increasing size on the sides of the transfer tube, so in theory you get better distribution of heat.
When asked in a previous thread, Frank said it's not needed, and there are no complaints on hot spots.
IMO if you've noticed a significant difference that you are not happy with (sometimes having two heat zones can be an advantage) replace the transfer tube rather then put another plate.
Also, consider adding a drip plate on the door to direct the dripping inside

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Re: Deflector Plate?

Post by Frank_Cox » August 11th, 2016, 2:55 am

Yeah that^^^
If you decide not to use the transfer tube method a good ol flat plate like dirtytires mentioned is great also


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Re: Deflector Plate?

Post by scooter » August 12th, 2016, 3:44 pm

Frank_Cox wrote:Yeah that^^^
If you decide not to use the transfer tube method a good ol flat plate like dirtytires mentioned is great also


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Should I just add another rack and put a plate on top of it I am tempted to set a plate on top of the transfer pipe and just use it when I need it

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Re: Deflector Plate?

Post by Dirtytires » August 13th, 2016, 12:56 am

Try it that way. It's quick, easy and removable. If it doesn't work after a couple of smokes, you have plenty of time to complicate things.



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