ONEDOLLAR wrote:I have playing around with this idea by using firebrick on one side of the pot and the results are good. This is my third year toying with this. First with the Jr. Now with the proto unit.
I have taken this "idea" to Larry and he is on board with it. With "half a pot" the depth is maintained which is crucial for a good burn and the temps are still easy to control. The upside is 50% less coal is being used and I am still getting 12 plus hour burn times. I just don't see the point of putting 35 pounds of coal in when 17 will do the job during the shoulder months. Yes Chubby's are easy to control temp wise but why use more than you need?
Done right the results should be even better when the air is properly blocked off on the side that isn't being used.
The questions are what method will be the best to use to divide the pot? A "book end" type divider or a "cylinder type" insert and would Chubby owners and users besides moi be interested in such an option.
if you use one side only your removing a lot of radiant heat, either way your removing a lot of radiant heat, ideally Larry would make a drop in liner similar to the standard one which has a much wider lip at the top and a reduced firepot size holding the coal (he would make this new "mini pot" liner with less thickness than the standard one.... mind you....the mold he needs to produce this will cost him $5,000 and he might sell $5,000 worth of them in time (99% of the people who have each of these liners will only use the standard one in the end).