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Brinkmann Pittmaster Deluxe First Overhaul

post #1 of 6
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While smoking on my Weber Kettle one morning my dad shows up after visiting a local yard sale with a Brinkmann Pittmaster Deluxe on the back of his truck.
Brinkmann Pittmanster Deluxe before photo image-4.jpg

The smoker had medium amount of rust but I was surprised by the weight of the Brinkmann compared to units currently sold at Home Depot etc. I learned it's the all steel model and was certainly worth a restoration.

I started with sanding and removing the old wood then painting with Rust-Oleum High Heat Enamel BBQ spray paint.
Then replaced the wood, temperature gauge, fire box grates, and wheels. The wheels posed one of the biggest issues as the Brinkmann had no axle just welded rods fixed to the legs so these had to be cut off then new holes drilled for the threaded rod which would act as the new axle.

A neighbor gave me sheet of stainless steel which I rolled into a tuning tube of sorts then drilled a few holes for smoke thinking I would have to drill more as testing went along.
Brinkmann Tuning Tube photo image-6.jpg
Brinkmann tuning tube after photo image-7.jpg

I did one seasoning run with the tube as is and after checking grate temps from right to left and doubt I will add any additional holes. The Pittmaster Deluxe did maintain 250+ fairly quickly with no mods other than the tuning tube.

I wish I would have done front wheels due to the weight but overall my investment was..

2 Wheels ( Harbor Freight ) $12
1 Threded rod ( Lowes ) $7
3 cans of BBQ Paint $18
1 Temperature Gauge ( Lowes ) $9
2 fire box grates on sale ( Home Depot ) $5.50
1 Step-up Drill bit ( Harbor Freight ) $6
Sand paper, Wood, Hardware $15

Brinkmann Pittmaster deluxe after photo image-9.jpg

I'm sure I could have done a few things a bit better but it's my first rebuild and I'm sure my dad will dig up a few more for me to play with.
post #2 of 6

Smoke, evening.....    Nice job on the smoker.....   icon14.gif .....  That will put out some great Q.......     Wish my shop was that clean ..biggrin.gif..




post #3 of 6
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Thanks going to do some ribs on Saturday will post the results hope for the best.
post #4 of 6
Thts an awesome design/idea for the tuning plate. I have à brinkman pitmaster so ill have to give tht a whirl.looks nice btw
post #5 of 6
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Thanks the metal was free but too thin to make plates so I thought I'd give this a try. Also this is my first smoke on the Brinkmann what is your ratio of coals to wood etc and how you start yours all hot coals half and half etc.

post #6 of 6
I usually use half a bag of coals then wood from then on out, i dont half a specific length of wood. Its usually whtever size i can fit in the firebox.

Hope this help a little and happy smoking
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