Brinkmann 810-5500-0 Vertical Smoker

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by mule86, Feb 15, 2010.

  1. mule86

    mule86 Fire Starter

    I have the opportunity to pick up this smoker, never used for free. Obviously the price is right but I have a few questions about this smoker. I have been researching smokers for a few months and was really looking at getting a WSM or a ProQ Elite bullet smoker. I know these are more expensive than free [​IMG], but I really wanted to get a quality smoker to help me out in the beginning with keeping temps since I have never smoked before.

    My question's on this smoker are basically:

    1.) Is it a good smoker? In looking it up online, it looks like it is Brinkmann's ''Heavy Duty'' vertical smoker. Is this true?

    2.) Is it going to be a challenge to keep temps up in this smoker?

    3.) Are there any modifications that are recommended to this unit? I read something about changing the charcoal basket to hold more fuel?

    4.) Is this a good smoker for a beginner to learn on? I don't really want to be fighting this to keep temps and take the fun out of smoking.

    Again, it's a free smoker so it's kind of a no brainer to at least give it a try. Any information that anyone has would be greatly appreciated! Here is a picture of the unit:
  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Not having owned or run any of those models all I can go by is what I read here. I don't think the quality of the Brinkman is going to be the same as the other two and all I here about the WSM is good things. With that being said free is great and I sure wouldn't pass it up you'll find most of us have more than one smoker and if we don't we're planning for another one [​IMG]

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