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Repurposed Propane Tank Smoker vs Raw Material Offset Smoker

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    Repurposed Propane Tank Smoker vs Raw Material Offset Smoker

    Just wondering whether the shape of the pit makes a difference in terms of smoke flavor. I see offset smokers made from repurposed propane tanks (e.g. Primitive) and others made from new raw material (e.g. Workhorse). I saw this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGfiK5A3F3g) explaining the differences in terms of specs but I'm curious whether the shape makes a difference (e.g. more convection, air dynamics, etc.).

    Paging Henrik and Ahumadora


      It all kinda depends on what yer lookin fer...

      Physics, an Newton's Laws'd tend to indicate yup, to me, at least in flow...flavour? I highly doubt it.

      e.g.: I weigh barely above a buck, at present...BUT: if'n I stamp my right foot, or, (heaven ferbid) jump up an down, why, it actually effects th very rotation, an trajectory of this planet...BUT: jus how many decimal points to th right of zero?

      I've no doubt, whatsoever that th airflow through a cylinder with flat ends is gonna be different than a cylinder with domed ends , (Physics sez it WILL), why, I'd havedta stop, an wonder jus how infinitesmally, immeasurably small that difference might be, mathematically; IOW how much discernible difference does it actually make...???


        The infinitely wise Mr. Bones is on to something here. I’m an engineer (M.Sc.), and even though I always point out the big difference in air flow between offsets and kettles, the actual air speed through an average offset is about 1-2 m/s. That is low, meaning whether you have a flat end or a hemispherical end isn’t gonna matter except in lab measurements.


        • Mr. Bones
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          Since ya have already done th research, what kinda flow ya find, through some kettles, Brother?

          Ya know me, scientifically curious, an data starved.

        • Henrik
          Henrik commented
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          Very good question, I can’t remember now, but will measure next time I fire up my kettle. Will report back.


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