New Toys

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by k5yac, Dec 6, 2009.

  1. k5yac

    k5yac Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I have been smoking for a few years with an old style Brinkmann Smoke n' Pit Pitmaster Deluxe, but I've often wanted something a little smaller. I fire up the SnP for hams, ribs, shoulders, brisket, etc., but it is major overkill (waste) when I just want to do a few appetizers or something smaller that doesn't require a long cook.

    I found an ECB on Craigslist for $10, so I went and grabbed it. The guy said it was missing the thermometer... no big deal, I'll just grab a new one, or plug that hole and install a better one below the grate. It looked to be in good shape, but after looking it over in person, the grates also needed to be replaced... crap, now I am racking up $20 worth of stuff. With the initial $10 cost, I am getting close to the new price. LOL! Oh well, I stopped by Home Depot to pick up a thermometer and grates. They didn't have either for this model. I suppose that is probably because you can just buy a new one for $40. My wife an I decided to look at the new ones and they only had one left... the box was beat to hell and the body was egged a little. Nothing really wrong with it, but they offered to take $10 off, so I bought a brand new one for $30. So, for a total of $40, I've got a brand new ECB and another in need of an overhaul. Perhaps those grates aren't as much as I think. I have a friend who has been wanting to get into smoking... perhaps I will give it to him for Christmas.

    Anyhow, here they are. Obviously the one on the left is the $10 job, and the one on the right is getting a quick burn in before I test out some groceries.

    ABTs and stuffed mushrooms. Great break in treats.

    The finished product. Well, most of them. It is always hard to get photos of finished work as everyone wants to try them out.

    One thing I can tell right away... a different technique is required to run these little things... well, kind of. A little practice should straighten things out, but there will be a bit of a learning curve, just as there was with my SnP. I've got that thing nailed now... with the mods and such, I can pretty much set my baffles before lighting the coals and hit my target temps once the coals are going. Hopefuly the ECB is as predictable after a few mods and practice. Another thing I don't care for is the big bowl of boiling water generating a plume of steam. I'll need to find some fire brick or sand before doing much more cooking on this thing.
  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Congrats new toys are always fun [​IMG] Looks like ya did a fine job with it
  3. morkdach

    morkdach Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    wow nice toy and good looken abt's[​IMG]
  4. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looks good but, could ya shrink the pics so it doesn't require so much scrolling.
  5. k5yac

    k5yac Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Hmm, did the pics come over big? I can see the whole frame without scrolling at all. They are roughly 800x600p (actually a bit smaller). Hard to imagine that anyone is still using resolutions that would cause that to be more than full screen.

    I'll knock my next photos down a bit.
  6. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Pics showed up fine on my screen no scrolling required
  7. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Must be my settings
  8. meat hunter

    meat hunter Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Great lookin eats, I thought I was really there. LOL. Is it just me, or are these pics really big? I have a 17" monitor and had to scroll to take it all in.
  9. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It seems the middle pic with a resolution of 2560x1920 that's giving my monitor fits. The rest are ok.
  10. k5yac

    k5yac Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Oh wow! I see what you guys are saying now. I resized the originals down to 35% in order to fit the screen, and it was working fine, but when I looked this time it seems that the originals are being called. Yes, they are HUGE! Sorry about that. Very strange. Apparently a problem with Yahoo SiteBuilder pointing at the wrong files. Weird.

    I just re-modified and re-uploaded the photos again. Hopefully the filemane change has refreshed the pointers and it should be displaying the correct images.
  11. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Wow thats strange all 3 pics are showing as the same size on my screen. Maybe if I dumped the cookies and looked again they wouldn't but I think I'll keep from scrolling [​IMG]
  12. daddyzaring

    daddyzaring Smoking Fanatic

  13. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The pics are fine now, thanks.
  14. norrell6

    norrell6 Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Hey K5YAC,

    The Brinkmann was my first smoker and I still love it. I dont like to use it for ribs because I have to cut them in half so that they will fit. You will definitely get the hang of it after a couple times. Mine doesnt have any vents and I have not done any mods to mine. I usually get two chimneys of lump going and let it burn for an hour or so and then throw some hickory chunks on. I find that I can maintain 225F for about 4 hours very easily. You would think that the steam from the water would be too much, but i find it to work very well. I think it helps keep chicken very moist and does not seem to have negative effect on pork. I have tried sand and trust me, the water is much easier to clean up.

    Also, the maverick thermo clicks right on the grate. Mine came with a Low, Ideal, High thermo which is fairly worthless.

    Good Smoking!

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