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post #361 of 373
I will take a closer look when I get it all the way out of the box. Even if there is damage there won't be much to do about it as Brinkmann filed for Bankruptcy in October and stopped sales completely last Tuesday. Good thing I'm mechanically inclined and have you guys to help me figure it out if I get in a bind.
post #362 of 373

Well, I guess bankruptcy killed any chance of ever getting a cover.  :(


If anybody finds a cover that works well, please post the information.

post #363 of 373

There are a lot of custom cover makers out there.. probably prohibitively expensive though..  

post #364 of 373
I started my build today. Mine is the limited edition so I don't need latches. Since the gasket kit for the vertical trailmaster only comes with latches Justin at BBQ Gaskets recommended the kit for the OK Joe horizontal. Unfortunately I discovered that that kit only has enough of the black rope to seal the joint between the two halves of the firebox. I wanted to use it to seal the pass through but don't want to wait as I was planning to season it and complete the inaugural smoke next weekend.
post #365 of 373

Firebox ready to go together.
post #366 of 373

Didn't like the fact that there were no screws on the ends of the the fire box so I ran two self tapping screws on each end.
post #367 of 373

FB bolted up and sealed inside the CC. Time to call it a night. Hoping the RTV between the FB and the pass through holds up without the black rope gasket.
post #368 of 373

Looks super!


Where did you get the flat gasket and what temp  is the  red RTV good for?


Thanks in advance

post #369 of 373
Got the gasket kit from BBQgaskets.com. The kit they recommended needed about 3 times the rope gasket to seal the SFB properly. I used the nomex gasket on the SFB door instead (see below). I would have had enough for the CC if I had had rope gasket for the SFB door but ran short on nomex as a result of using it on the SFB.
post #370 of 373
Here is my charcoal bin. I was shooting for 7"Wx10"Lx8.5"H but wound up at 8"W. Note to self: mark folds 1/2" narrower than intended width.
I made my box to a different dimension than the normal 12"x12"x6" because I wanted a taller box and because I discovered that if I made the bin 7"x10"x8.5" I could get two bins in the SFB while still being able to remove them easily. May be a second bin coming soon.

Also, I will be posting more pics after I get more gaskets. Still have to seal the water door on the back of the CC and the side access door on the SFB. Both of them have very large gaps as a result of not having any gasket material for them.
Edited by gixxerfrk - 12/13/15 at 4:55pm
post #371 of 373
I went ahead and put the flat nomex gasket I had left on three sides of the water pan access door for the time being. We'll see how it seals. Currently seasoning it and so far so good.

I also discovered a great way to replace the factory thermometer with a digital. The hole is perfect for most corks. Drilled a hole in the center of the cork and I was in business.

post #372 of 373

If you are like me, you see lots of cool recipes and see the Bradley rack  mentioned often.


I finally decided to order a set, only to find that the rectangular racks do not fit in the round vertical smoker.  Here is my solution:


The standard rack corner.  Notice where the smaller wires connect to the outer frame.


Bradley rack corner


Put the corner in a vise with those small wires resting on the jaws, now push forward on the large outer wires to bend 90 degrees.


Rack in vise to bend corner.


Do all 4 corners.  When done it will look like this.


Corners bent to fit in vertical smoker


Now it will fit into my Trailmaster vertical!  Only down side is they don't sit perfectly  flat on the counter once bent.  They are handy for moving small things in and out of the smoker.

post #373 of 373

Im wonder if any one still checks this thread. So i'm thinking of adding a Pellet hopper assembly something like a pellet pro to the side of the vertical stack and keeping the fire box. Have anyone done this or heard of doing this? Reason i want to add the pellet hopper so that i can put the ribs on at lunch break and come back home to a ready dinner. Sometimes i want bbq but don't have the time to baby sit the fire. Any input is greatly appreciated.

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