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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.).

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      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...???

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        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.

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        • 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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