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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 7:15 pm 
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I've always used a firegrate in my offset, in theory I suppose to keep air flow under the heat source. But watching Arron Franklin's clips when he's using his offset, he doesn't have a firegrate at all. So whaddya reckon? I know I'm now going to try without, but feedback is a great thing.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 8:10 pm 
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id stick with a firegrate

bigger the smoker the easier it is to control

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2015 1:10 pm 
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yakabot wrote:
I've always used a firegrate in my offset, in theory I suppose to keep air flow under the heat source. But watching Arron Franklin's clips when he's using his offset, he doesn't have a firegrate at all. So whaddya reckon? I know I'm now going to try without, but feedback is a great thing.


Are you talking about the charcoal grate in Barry for the main chamber or in the fire box?

If it's the grate in the main fire chamber of barry i use to have the left hand side high and the right hand side low using those little hooks.

It helped oven out the temps from one side to the other.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2015 1:26 pm 
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Thanks Gus. I hadn't thought of using the main grate like that.
What I was originally referring get to was the grate in the fire pit.
I've now got an old gasser cast iron grill cut to size to use as a fire grate, as the original one was getting too thin and weak.
And the question was aimed at whether to use a grate in the fire pit/box, as I have been, or just have the fire/coals straight on the bottom and pile timber/fuel on to that.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2015 1:30 pm 
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yakabot wrote:
Thanks Gus. I hadn't thought of using the main grate like that.
What I was originally referring get to was the grate in the fire pit.
I've now got an old gasser cast iron grill cut to size to use as a fire grate, as the original one was getting too thin and weak.
And the question was aimed at whether to use a grate in the fire pit/box, as I have been, or just have the fire/coals straight on the bottom and pile timber/fuel on to that.


I would have a grate raised to allow airflow to the bottom of the pile of coals.

That's what the original grate on Barry was doing and it worked quite well.

Where are you positioning the coals in the firebox?

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Haven't had the chance to cook on it since my brisket cook a while ago, but when I use it, coals just go in the middle. Read a heap of different ideas about where to have the fire and just settled on the middle. Some say near the air inlet, others say nearer to the cooking chamber, others in the middle. So middle is where I sort of start out.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2015 2:08 pm 
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This is the current grate I have in it.
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It may be a bit too high. Haven't had time to experiment recently.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2015 2:15 pm 
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yakabot wrote:
Haven't had the chance to cook on it since my brisket cook a while ago, but when I use it, coals just go in the middle. Read a heap of different ideas about where to have the fire and just settled on the middle. Some say near the air inlet, others say nearer to the cooking chamber, others in the middle. So middle is where I sort of start out.


From my experience on Barry I found building the heat source furthest away from the entry into the main chamber worked best.

I found the trick was to build a small enough fire with the vent on the fire box always fully open.

this promoted a clean hot fire with blue smoke when using wood chunks.

Found i got the best results doing this.

The other thing I found was putting in one of those half grates from the fire box in closest to the entry to the main chamber and putting in a water pan so the temp didn't fluctuate as much.

All my trade secrets for Barry are out now!!!

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2015 2:18 pm 
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Sweeeet. Trade secrets. Great idea with where to put a water pan too. Thanks.


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yakabot wrote:
Sweeeet. Trade secrets. Great idea with where to put a water pan too. Thanks.


No problems.

If you have any other questions about Barry drop me an IM and i'll see if i can answer them.

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