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phyteach wrote:
> Greetings all,
> Broke down and bought the Char-Broil silver smoker, formerly
> known as the NBBD. Here are a few observations:
> Faily easy to assemble, all parts included, and all teh holes lined

> as they should. I noticed a gap (~1/16 to 1/32 inch) between the
> firebox and the smoking chamber. Since the face of the smoking

> was a bit bulged, I assume that it is normal.

I have the same issue with my New Braunfels model that is the Uncle of
your Char-Broil model.

> I made two of the mods in the FAQ, the flashing in the exhaust stack,
> and the flashing over the firebox exit. I decided to be crafty with
> the second, though. I figured "Hey, they make hi-temp gaskets out of
> aluminium, why not place the flashing on the surface between the
> firebox and the smoking chamber?" And before anyone asks, no the
> flashing isn't causing the gap, as I tried it both with and without.

> simply traced the hole pattern and it worked. However, I think that
> the piece that hangs down might be too large and too restrictive as I
> could only get to about 230 on the cooking grate. Fire was

> (yeah, I know...) and firebox vents were wide open. It was about 60,
> sunny and no wind, with the unit in the sunshine. I am going to

> remove some material, or see if I can slant it upward a bit more to
> increase airflow. Any thoughts are appreciated.

I've made the same two mods you mentioned and well worth the time, I
DID NOT use aluminum flashing. Aluminum, as I recall, can add some
nasties to the smoke that you might not want on your meat.

I'm going to try to extend the smokestack in the other direction to see
if that has a positive effect on drawing the smoke out. If that doesn't
work I'll get out some more Red RTV sealer and seal it from the