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In Reply to: Re: Buying a smoker posted by sprinter on September 06, 2013 at 09:36:47:
There is a reason that thing is sitting in the junk pile. It looks to me as is, there are too many things wrong with the cooker to make it work.
If the thickness of the doors is the same as the thickness of the main body of the smoker, you are going to have a large variation in cooking temperatures. That metal looks thin to me. I would bet that there is a 100ºF difference between the firebox end and the exhaust end. On the bright side, you could make that work to your advantage. With that metal being so thin in the firebox, if you cook a lot and do not clean out the firebox after each use, once water gets in that firebox and combines with the ashes, it will cause that metal to rust at an accelerated pace.
Speaking from experience, that placement of that thermometer makes it null and void. If the probe of that thermometer is only 3-4" long, all it indicates is how hot the temperature is a the top of the cooker. You need to know how hot the temperature of the cooking area of the grate. On the bright side, that appears to be an Ashcroft thermometer and that style of thermometer might be worth as much as the pit itself if the metal is sold for scrap. As Sprinter pointed out, the castors are worth some money too.
I have done some pit building in my day and I love a good reclaimation project. I just see some major issues here that would make me want to pass. If nothing else, looks to too much cleaning in my book to make it worth my while.
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