Page 1 of 16 12311 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 158

Thread: so how are you attaching your blower to the smoker

  1. #1
    TVWBB Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    buffalo, ny
    Posts
    50

    so how are you attaching your blower to the smoker

    looking for interesting ideas to connect the blower to the smoker
    Last edited by anthony.palumbo; 05-17-2013 at 12:15 PM.

  2. #2
    New Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Missouri
    Posts
    4
    I made one similar to this one.

    http://pitmasteriq.com/

    Cat water bowl, pipe nipple with nuts and washers, dish washer hose and some bolts and butterfly nuts.

  3. #3
    New Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Greenville,NC
    Posts
    28
    I used a piece of 3/4 copper pipe hammered square on the end and attached to a 3/4 pipe close screwed into my UDS. This setup works pretty good for me.

    [IMG][/IMG]
    Last edited by DylanNC; 05-19-2013 at 09:04 PM.

  4. #4
    TVWBB Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    buffalo, ny
    Posts
    50
    nice ideas...i am doing one like the pitmasteriq

  5. #5
    TVWBB Fan
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Midwest
    Posts
    217
    [IMG][/IMG]

    For fun I rigged this up to use heatermeter on my Performer. Cigar box with a couple holes then cut in half and held together with a rubber band. Used once so far and worked great. Blows air into Performer through burner tube so no holes or mods at all to Performer. Installs and removes in seconds. Will hold 225 degrees with top and bottom vents closed and fan set to 5 percent max. I ran it that way for two hours then dialed in 350 degrees ( also opened top vents 1/4 ) to cook some pork chops and it climbed right up and held beautifully. I was using one charcoal tray off to the side and minion with 5 lit coals. Worked better than I imagined.
    Genesis 1000 LX (96), Skyline 3200 (99), 18.5 OTG (05), 22.5 WSM (09), Performer (09)

  6. #6
    TVWBB Diamond Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    midwest
    Posts
    3,543
    I did something a little different than most...
    I wanted to control air flow as much as possible in the low end smoker I have right now, so I built and air distribution system out of copper tubing that I call the "air burner" (due to looking kinda like a gas burner). The rest of the vent holes on the smoker are closed off with aluminum tape so the majority of the air is fed to the fire from the HeaterMeter fan through the air burner. This works incredibly well, my temperature is ROCK SOLID since I installed this.

    3/4" copper is your friend...

  7. #7
    TVWBB Fan
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Connecticut
    Posts
    164
    Wow. This looks great. how does the air enter into the air burner from below?

  8. #8
    TVWBB Diamond Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    midwest
    Posts
    3,543
    Quote Originally Posted by Phillip P View Post
    Wow. This looks great. how does the air enter into the air burner from below?
    Note the standard HeaterMeter fan attached to the copper tube which comes out through the bottom (left side of picture above). I couldn't find 3/4" flexible copper tube for sale by the foot (only $75 spools), so I used this flexible line that would typically be used in a hot water heater installation (I cut off the the ends which had garden hose style connectors on them). I then hammered the open end of the tube square (inserted electricians pliers into the tube and hammered it flat) so it would fit into the blower, it was a little loose so I added a couple wraps of electrical tape. The other end goes into the center copper T that feeds the "air burner", it was a little loose too, I just worked it over the end of a crescent wrench until it fit tight enough to solder into the T. Copper is soft enough to be worked and shaped easily with hand tools which is why I chose this metal for this project, however, it is a little expensive. You could use another type of tubing/pipe, whatever you can fashion together to fit though your smoker.
    Here's a pic of the burn plate removed from the bottom, you can see the square taped over end that goes into the HM blower....

    Since I took this picture I have taped off the majority of the third vent hole leaving just enough room for the copper tube to fit through, reducing the natural air flow even further and giving the HM more control over the fire...
    Best part about it, beside the solid temperature control, just a tiny piece of paper under one corner hit with a blowtorch for 30 seconds is enough to get the fire going!
    Last edited by RalphTrimble; 05-23-2013 at 03:34 PM.

  9. #9
    TVWBB Fan
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Connecticut
    Posts
    164
    What is the diameter on the pipe for the air-burner?

  10. #10
    TVWBB Diamond Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    midwest
    Posts
    3,543
    Quote Originally Posted by Phillip P View Post
    What is the diameter on the pipe for the air-burner?
    3/4" copper is the closest to the size of the fan and therefore easiest to hammer square to fit. I used 3/4" for the rest as well, but it shouldn't cause any harm to use smaller or larger tube for the "air-burner" part. If you can buy flexible 3/4" copper by the foot near you that would be the easiest route, just bend a couple U's and solder to the T's from the center pipe, the way I made mine required a lot of soldering (which is easy enough, but I did run out of solder!) I made a square shape because for some reason 45 degree fittings cost 5X as much as the right angles, and 3/4" flexible wasn't availabe per/ft, but you could make any shape/size you want/that fits your smoker. I used one 45 degree fitting on the bottom because it helped me get the flexible tube pointing in the proper direction without putting a sharp bend in it...
    Last edited by RalphTrimble; 05-23-2013 at 03:31 PM.

Page 1 of 16 12311 ... LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Attaching the blower to the WSM - My idea
    By Jason J in forum HeaterMeter DIY BBQ Controller
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 03-26-2014, 06:56 PM
  2. troubleshooting rPI boot before attaching HM4
    By Dave Casazza in forum HeaterMeter DIY BBQ Controller
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 04-29-2013, 07:44 AM
  3. re-attaching adapter
    By jeff davidson in forum Automatic Temperature Control Systems
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 07-26-2010, 07:48 AM
  4. My first smoker
    By Pete (ZIMPETE) in forum New WSM Owners
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 03-10-2010, 01:07 PM
  5. Attaching stoker to wsm
    By steve morg in forum Automatic Temperature Control Systems
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 10-22-2008, 05:48 AM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •