Brinkmann Trailmaster Limted Edition - mods

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by drphx81, Jul 5, 2013.

  1. drphx81

    drphx81 Fire Starter

    Hey everyone. I'm almost done and have completed over 8 mods and have made this cheap smoker into an airtight master piece. Last thing I need advice on is on pros and cons of fire bricks for temp maintenance?? Should I put maybe 2 or 3 on top of my tuning plates? Any and all advice is much appreciated.
     
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  2. I would have to see a pic before committing to anything........
     
  3. drphx81

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  4. drphx81

    drphx81 Fire Starter

    I'm going to post a pic of all my mods. I will
    Explain each mod after I post all pics
     
  5. drphx81

    drphx81 Fire Starter


    This is a wool gasket self adhesive I put all around the door to the chamber. It is rated for 500 degrees. BBQgaskets.com
     
  6. drphx81

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    I removed the garbage metal wheels and replaced them with 10 inch dolly wheels.
    It's much for level and a pleasure to move around!
     
  7. I keep a half brick on the top grate fire box side to the front chimney side to the back. I slide the firebox side back or forward for minor adjustment
     
     
  8. drphx81

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    I replaced the stock thermometer with Tru-Tel 4 inch stem smoker thermometer great and simple mod
     
  9. drphx81

    drphx81 Fire Starter

    Let me post a pic of my firebox with my charcoal basket I'm not sure what you mean by top grate??
     
  10. drphx81

    drphx81 Fire Starter


    Another view of the gasket seal around the chamber door. Ask for Justin at BBQgaskets.com he's great and super knowledgable
     
  11. sorry I should have said cooking grate
     
     
  12. drphx81

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    I installed 5.5 inch 200 pins pressure toggle clamps on each side that compresses the gasket seal. No smoke is leaking out of this puppy now!! Highly recommend.
     
  13. drphx81

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    Another view of the toggle clamp closed
     
  14. drphx81

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    I drilled a 5/8 hole and put a rubber grommet in these holes are for my digital temp probes one on the left and one on the right. I fabricated a rubber stopper once the probe is in to prevent any heat or smoke escape.
    Next pic will show the hole plugged with the stopper!
     
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    I replaced the porcelain grates that came with the smoker with 3/4 inch stainless explained metal. I had the metal shop cut the piece into 3 pieces and used a grinding dremel bit to take down the razor sharp edges.
     
  17. drphx81

    drphx81 Fire Starter

    Pics are posted. Thanks for any and all advice on the addition of a fire brick
     
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  19. drphx81

    drphx81 Fire Starter

    So once I put my basket back in ...then put a brick in back or front or back of the basket resting in the bottom grate?
     
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