So how many people does it take to modify a Master Forge vertical smoker.... Looks like 3 LOL. My trusty pit crew making sure the butts are going to be done right tonight. I'm using my new Master Forge for the first time today but I wanted to get good results so my crew made my mods. Here are the mods they did for me on the master forge and they added a damper to my ECB as well - They added a damper to the top (gotten from an old charbroil grill I had) and one at the bottom. I only need to add a gasket around the lid to curtail the escape of smoke. Tonight I tried using foil around the bottom. I forgot to take a picture of the grate in the coal pan but we added screws to raise it 1" from the bottom. About 30 mins or so ago I loaded the pan using the minion method and got the temp up to 225-230. Then added the butts. I'm hoping to get some sleep tonight and get up in the morning to foil them. Later I will be smoking what I thought were spareribs, but I actually purchased the brisket (sold 4 in a pack at BJs). I was so mad at my self for not reading the package better, but I cut them up into rib tips or riblets and will smoke them in the morning. I'll take pics before they go on and during tomorrow. Has anyone ever made this mistake before and if so how did it turn out. I'll put the chunks in a pan with holes to allow the smoke to come in.