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New Braunfels renovation project, tips and suggestions are greatly appreciated

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

got this off a job   $40.00 fairly good shape but needs work

ive been looking for one to rebuild a while so i grabbed it

 

 

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gonna give it a run today and do some wings and ribs

will be making a list as i see it run and start to figure out what needs modified

I have the grates sterilizing right now 

 

Thanks in advance

post #2 of 12

It doesn't look like it is in to bad of shape. Heck for $40 I'd say you got a deal.

post #3 of 12

That's a great deal...JJ

post #4 of 12

Here's what I did to my firebox. I had some large metal "objects" that I placed inside. It helps control the heat loss and reduces the amount of fuel I have to use.

 

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Side view:

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Plenty of air still passes through.

 

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Chip box installed:

 

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I also add a water pan, I haven't did the reverse flow thing yet.

 

 

 

post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 

first things first   added a thermo  right by the handle   got it close to the grills so it reads temp at food level

 

 

 

 

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post #6 of 12

Nice set-up in the fire box, very clever.

 

I agree at $40.00 great price.

 

I'm getting hungry :-)

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post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 

i got vent half open and chimney full open   holding 225 very steady now for almost two hours

 

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ribs and wings looking ok

 

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post #8 of 12

Looks like a great deal.icon14.gif

post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 

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seems to be pretty airtight no large leaks

 

 

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gotta make a rack for the fuel   this is an old rack from a bradley electric  working good though

 

 

 

 

holding a good temp  5 hours in   only added about 2 coffee cans of charcoal so far

 

gotta figure out how to keep ashes down as im adding charcoal

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by miamirick View Post

gotta make a rack for the fuel   this is an old rack from a bradley electric  working good though

 

gotta figure out how to keep ashes down as im adding charcoal

 

 

 

 

 

 



I used an old grate from one of my gas grills. If you notice it lifts the coals much higher and allowing more air underneath. It's higher than normal above the bottom of the firebox. I just beat the coals down through the grate every hour and add another half chimney of brickets. That keeps it burning for another 45-60 minutes.

 

post #11 of 12

Rick ,a curved piece of metal ( doesn't have to be real heavy guage ) to match the curve of the FB and slide it under the grate ( on the bottom ) and each time you add fuel , grab the metal with a gloved hand and dump it in your ash can , oh, and leave a tab bent up to grab when you open the FB so you don't get your eyebrows singed.

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I forgot to say , I have basically the same unit , about 10 y/o . Ilove the little gal , she's a REDRIVER model with a stainless shelf on the front where you have a wooden one...

 

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Here's my lil' Girl on the left. She needs a handle and some rust protection , ( grease ) , but other than that She's a great Smoker. I reversed her too and she does fine. Only problem , the FB door is a little leaky.

 

Have fun and .....

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