My sojourn began in June when I replaced a Brinkmann Gas Grill that served us well for many years, was rebuilt several times but finally faded away. I had decided I wanted to go back to Charcoal, wandered into Home Depot and purchased this. $119.00
A Smoker/Grill. My intentions were to try some smoking and I always grill. I have had a smoker type grill in the past. It did not have an offset box. but was a drum with a stack and you could pile up charcoal at one end to cook indirect. I did some Ribs, a couple of Turkeys, some Briskets and lots of Steaks and Stuff on the grill.
We turned out some nice food. I was using it all the time, then I found my way on to these Smoking websites and really started to get the bug.
I realized This unit was flimsy, very hard to keep regulated, the grates were very thin and warping and I wanted a better unit.
I also did not want to spend upwards of $500.00 I started to check out the Brinkmann Trailmaster LE. Home Depot had them for $299.00.
Significantly larger, much heavier, lots of nice features. Right in my price range. After minimal whining about the first one I bought, they offered me a $100.00 off the new one.
I did some of the suggested modifications. Made a fire basket, Sealed the fire box, and added Tuning Plates
Those plate are 1/8 inch thick. I can maintain temperature pretty well.
We really enjoy it. It does just what I want. I grill on just the firebox all the time. It will easily hold 6 steaks. I often use the main chamber for indirect cooking, not really smoking like a roast to 140 internal and sear on the firebox. All in all completely satisfied.
This has become an enjoyable hobby the whole family can enjoy!