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zafira
08-03-2009, 08:05 AM
The following are old posts of mine from another BBQ website:

I bought a Silver Smoker 2 weeks ago and started gathering the materials to make the mods. I bought and got all my metal cut from a local metal shop. When the guy was bending aluminum (to line the fire box), his gloves got caught in the machine. Luckily I was there and stopped the machine and placed it in reverse so he could get his hand out. That machine would have taken his whole arm. He's going to lose the first joints of his middle and ring fingers. He shouldn't have been wearing gloves while operating the press/roller. SAFETY FIRST!
The machine looked like this but had no emergency stop or safety shield.
http://img145.imageshack.us/img145/8034/15rq0.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
Here is the imprint of his hand
http://img164.imageshack.us/img164/8435/1001042pu7.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

I made most of the mods to the SS. I addded a baffle, steel tuning plates, extended the stack, put a gasket between the firebox and the chamber and made a charcoal box. When I seasoned the smoker I used too much charcoal (20lbs) and burned alot of the paint off the fire box :( . Oh well it looks aged now.
http://img255.imageshack.us/img255/8117/1001030pj1.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
The baffle needs reshaping and might need widening
http://img164.imageshack.us/img164/3964/1001031dl6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
Soup can for the stack extension and cork to hold the temp probe
http://img164.imageshack.us/img164/9356/1001032up6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
No weld charcoal basket
http://img164.imageshack.us/img164/4346/1001033wg0.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
Need to put an ash tray or raise the charcoal basket
http://img247.imageshack.us/img247/7706/1001034qc2.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

The temp difference is about 50F between the left and right side
http://img145.imageshack.us/img145/9826/1001038nx4.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
Definitely need to reshape the baffle to direct the heat better. I'll also make the tuning plates narrower to allow more heat radiate upward. I used 5lbs of unlit charcoal and added a full chimney of lit charcoal. I'll use less lit charcoal the next time

The ribs came out great.
http://img145.imageshack.us/img145/115/1001039zd0.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
A little charred. These were closest to the firebox at the beginning
http://img164.imageshack.us/img164/9855/1001040gn8.jpg (http://imageshack.us)


Propane Mod
I'd been thinking about adding a propane burner to my smoker. Looked at the Afterburner, but the shipping was too much to Germany. Decided to use a turkey fryer burner instead. I used a pie pan as a base. The grill grate is great to hold my wood chip box.
http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/3412/1001183lq6.th.jpg (http://img171.imageshack.us/my.php?image=1001183lq6.jpg)http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/2125/1001184nq4.th.jpg (http://img46.imageshack.us/my.php?image=1001184nq4.jpg)
2 racks of baby backs and 2 boston butts.
http://img164.imageshack.us/img164/9415/1001186mh6.th.jpg (http://img164.imageshack.us/my.php?image=1001186mh6.jpg)
The burner worked fine. Used 1/4 of a tank of propane. Temp control was great. Steady 230F. Need a better wood chip box, maybe a cast iron model.
Meat came out great. Cooked the butt to an internal of 200F, let rest 1 hour and pulled.
http://img289.imageshack.us/img289/5057/1001187xk6.th.jpg (http://img289.imageshack.us/my.php?image=1001187xk6.jpg)http://img289.imageshack.us/img289/3969/1001197xq9.th.jpg (http://img289.imageshack.us/my.php?image=1001197xq9.jpg)
Nothing like a fresh Brötchen (German for roll) for a pulled pork sandwich. Topped with a little of the Southern Succor rub and Carolina Red sauce.
http://img387.imageshack.us/img387/6319/1001194jv3.th.jpg (http://img387.imageshack.us/my.php?image=1001194jv3.jpg)

seaham358
08-05-2009, 08:00 AM
Nice gas mod.. I've been looking for an old turkey fryer to take the burner out of for years now, no luck yet..
Extending the baffle out to the sides of the smoker does help some with the heat. I just used aluminum on mine and it helps push the heat down the smoker more.

PigCicles
08-05-2009, 08:15 PM
All Right! thanks for sharing your mods. And yes safety first.

SmokyOkie
08-05-2009, 09:12 PM
Nice gas mod.. I've been looking for an old turkey fryer to take the burner out of for years now, no luck yet..
Extending the baffle out to the sides of the smoker does help some with the heat. I just used aluminum on mine and it helps push the heat down the smoker more.

Maybe you can find what you're looking for here (http://www.bbqguys.com/category_name_Outdoor-Gas-Burners_path_11428-2122.html) .

there are some fairly inexpensive burners there.