Help with my first smoke

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by esless, Apr 7, 2010.

  1. esless

    esless Newbie

    I just put together my Brinkman Gourmet Charcoal Smoker and before I mod'd it, I wanted to break it in and fire it up to see how it ran. I am currently running it as it comes, used the minion method, and threw a couple of sausages i had on the grill. I am running pretty steady at 325-240 but cant figure out if there is any way to lower the temp without the mods. Thanks is advance.

  2. soafung

    soafung StickBurners

    i don't have that smoker, but will when the Boss (wife) finally gives the OK. With the lack of fire controls (i.e. intake and exhaust dampers) the only way I see to lower temp would be to remove some of your fuel. that would present problems down the line on a long smoke, but for the sausages, this should be fine. i would REALLY recommend modding the unit before trying something bigger and longer.

    look here for a few ideas.
  3. esless

    esless Newbie

    Thanks for the advice. I was able to sustain the heat around 300 but i cant see anything i can do to change that. I was planning on adding a charcoal grate to filter the ashes but Home Depot was out of that size. I cant decide the best way to mod it to allow for better air flow though. I think that link is past my skill level of modding. Any other suggestions welcome.

  4. soafung

    soafung StickBurners

    on the bottom, do like the UDS guys do. 3/4" ball valves with some nipples. all you gotta do for that is drill holes and tighten fittings. i would do the same on the top, but with a 1" ball valve. get a 45 degree bend pipe fitting for the top also. that way you can direct the exhaust away from the handle.

    sorry dom't have a link or pics for those suggestions
  5. soafung

    soafung StickBurners

    the more i thought about it, three 1/2" valves on the bottom and one 3/4" ball valve on the top should do it. the UDS is a much larger piece of hardware and requires more air than the ECB Gourmet. that would cut down on material costs as well [​IMG].
  6. gargra03

    gargra03 Fire Starter

    Hey bud I have a gourmet, I have done a few mods to it and I will try to post pics later. I installed, vents both top and bottom, bought a big green egg lid gasket and sealed the lid ( help considerably), and actually made a charcoal basket out of a fish fyer basket that has some stainless bolts to keep it up off the bottom of the smoker, I use the bottom vent to control airflow and actually get some pretty good smokes out of her, I would def do the lid seal mod , at first I used alum. foil which helped seal temps as well. Hope this helps you sir.
  7. esless

    esless Newbie

    Where did you get the big green egg lid gasket? Did you buy it online? I cant seem to find a way to purchase it. Thanks in advance.
  8. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I was gonna say with the vents you can controll the heat. But theses guys have you well taken care of.

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