convertible butane/charcoal ECB mod finished!

Discussion in 'ECB Owners Group' started by thinblueduke, Aug 27, 2014.

  1. thinblueduke

    thinblueduke Meat Mopper

    Here in Japan, houses are right up next to each other, so when I smoke, I have to take my neighbors and their laundry into consideration.  All things being equal, I'd prefer to use charcoal, but using gas makes me a better neighbor.  When smoking pork butt, I'll often smoke until I hit the stall, then finish it indoors.  I've been working on this rig for a few months now, and the final piece arrived yesterday, so I snapped some photos as I assembled it.  

    Here's the base: a table-top gas burner that uses butane canisters for fuel.  They're about 90 cents each, and are about the size of a can of spray paint.

    My wife finally finished her big can of coffee, so I scorched the paint off of it and made some notches in the bottom rim for stability, while still allowing for airflow.

    This is a collar made of disposable aluminum pie tins that keeps heat and smoke from escaping when I use the charcoal pan.

    Top view so far:

    Next, I added a 16" aluminum disc used for separating pizza pans.  I cut out the hole in the center, making the diameter of the hole a bit larger than that of the coffee can, so that the wood gets enough oxygen.

    I was lucky to find this strainer in exactly the right size:

    Not only was the diameter just right, but the handle was the perfect length...

    ...and there's still enough clearance under the water pan (which I nearly always use), and the strainer just fits through the door, though ash isn't usually an issue.

    With this setup, I can be up and smoking in about five minutes.  I fire up the burner to start, then once the wood gets going, I can shut off the gas and let the wood provide the heat for a while.  When the temp dips to about 210, I turn the gas back on as needed.

    Today's Q is almost finished (still wrapped in foil in the slow cooker), but I'll post some Q-view when it's pulled.
  2. grillmonkey

    grillmonkey Smoking Fanatic

    Very ingenuitive!
  3. thinblueduke

    thinblueduke Meat Mopper

    Here's what I was gunning for.  My wife and daughter are Japanese, so I was hoping to come up with something they might be interested in.

    Smoked pork, Durkee's fried onions, cabbage, Alabama white sauce (Bob Gibson's via Meathead Goldwyn)

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