I am relatively new to the smoking game. I have done several batches of jerky & some already prepared sausage on my grill. I was also talked into doing a full packer brisket on my In-Laws new Char-Broil vertical propane smoker. Brisket turned out pretty good, could have been more tender, nobody stopped eating to complain so it passed the family test.
After doing the brisket I started looking for a smoker to purchase in the spring. Last week my mother in law calls & says that when they come over for Thanksgiving, they are bringing me their old Brinkman electric smoker. Doing some research, I figured out it is a single wall vertical can. It has a 1500 watt heating element surrounded by ceramic Briquettes. I don't believe the heating element has any controls on it.
I know there is no such thing as a free horse, so here goes.
My question is how do I improve this smokers performance & versatility?
I am figuring on insulating the body & the lid.
Adding a control for the heating element. Probably a rheostat if I can find one big enough.
I read using extra ceramic briquettes helps thing out.
Adding spots for extra racks, it only has two currently.
I may have to add a door to make adding wood easier than disassembling the whole thing.
Is it worth it, or should I keep looking around?
Thanks for your comments & ideas.