So for Father’s day 2012, I got the ECB from the Wife and got excited. In an old life, I used a smoker many times, fast forward 12 years later and now it’s time to have fun again. So for the first break-in smoke, I did a turkey breast and some ribs (can’t waste good smoke) and the coals kept smothering out. I knew there was a better way, searched the web and found SMF, found the nickname for the ECB and read many mod threads. The game plan was set and here is the mods I did.
- Turn the legs out
- Added the Little Smoke Joe grate
- Added legs to the coal pan (hardware is blasted)
- Added a controllable bottom vent
- Added a new temp gauge
I made a top vent piece but decided to wait and see how well this mod went and IF a top vent was needed. I did blast the cloth lines hooks, washers, and bolts used for the coal pan legs. The charcoal grate screws/washers are 10-32 made from stainless steel.
The bottom vent and top vent is from aluminum sheet metal that I hand cut and used an aluminum flat bar for added strength. These two items were screwed together. The center pivot bolt had two nuts tightened against each other for smooth opening and closing of the bottom vent.
The grate and 10-32 screws came from ACE hardware while the vent handle, charcoal pan hardware, and temp gage came from Home Depot.
During the first smoke with this bottom vent mod, I decided the top vent was not needed.
On to the pics (Q-view)…
I hope this helps other new members, the first burn after these mods worked great. I bent in the door to prevent smoke from leaking.