converting a ecb to electric? is it worth it

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by garyt, Dec 28, 2007.

  1. garyt

    garyt Smoking Fanatic

    I had an idea today about converting my first smoker that I don't use anymore to electric. It is a Mr. Meat bullet style and just wanted to ask you folks. I am sure someone, probably a lot of you have done it. I thought sometimes It might come in handy. Not really concerned about the cost or work involved, just wondering if it was something I should do or just forget about. I have a stick burner and a propane, and want some opinions. thanks.[​IMG]
  2. geek with fire

    geek with fire Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I can't really answer if it is worth it, because I don't have your particular cooker. However, you mentioned you weren't worried about the cost. If that's the case, I would say not to mod what you have but rather take a look at the Brinkman electric. You can get them at Wally-world or Lowes for like $65-70. Perfect size for a Boston Butt or medium sized brisket.
  3. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I would agree with Josh, you can buy a new electric unit for the price of the mod.
  4. garyt

    garyt Smoking Fanatic

    When I said money wasn't part of it I guess I was trying to say,
    1 I can scrounge parts pretty cheap.
    2 I would enjoy doing it.
    3 My wife would probably kill me if I bought another smoker.

    Plus I already have this one I will probably never use otherwise. I was wondering If you folks think it would be useful to have. or would I be wasting my time
  5. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Personally I would go propane conversion instead, unless you are planning the rheostat mod and a few of the others.
  6. gooose53

    gooose53 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I have an ECB that was just sitting in the garage for about 2 years, made some mods I learned about on this forum and now I use it all the time. Now the other thing I did was buy an Afterburner and have now converted it to propane...I likes it much better now! I bought a 1000w hot plate the other night for $7.99. Not sure what I'm going to do with it but ya never know....psst don't tell my wife............
  7. ajthepoolman

    ajthepoolman Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    It seems that the general "evolution" of a smoking fanatic is starting with an electric, then moving to a propane unit, then on to a charcoal/wood burning offset smoker. Frankly, it seems like a step backwards if you already have propane and stick burners. I don't know that you will get any use out of it since it is no more convenient than a propane unit that will control the temps nicely.

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