After 10 years of excellent service it was time for a new grill. Guess which one it is. The main reason for the old ones replacement was this.
The fire box is burnt. For normal grilling this kind of hole can be fixed with a sheet of metal flashing cut to slip on top, but for smoking this is a big problem since controlling air flow is the most important part of the process.
Of course I plan to keep the old smoker and use the large chamber for basic grilling. Here are some new grill photos.
One of the major improvements between this smoker and the old one is the position of the chimney and fire box. The chimney is on the end, forcing the smoke to fill the entire chamber before exiting instead of on top like my old one. This will help with better smoke permeation and control of temperature inside the main chamber. The fire box is also lower with the smoke opening slightly covered, again forcing better smoke circulation through the main chamber. It is also much bigger and all the parts are welded together.
The grates on the new smoker are much more heavy duty than the old one and slide out making it much easier to arrange the food and add more fire if just using it for normal grilling. I cannot wait for these to be fire scorched and covered in yummy fat.
Now all I have to do is find an excuse to grill something. Perhaps the old day that ends in y celebration is in order.