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brinkmann gourmet

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Just received my brinkmann and wanted to share some thoughts. After reading about all the mods I would need to do I was worrying that I had made the wrong purchase. I think there have been some changes or I have a different model. One mod is to move the legs to allow access to the charcoal pan, this model has fitted legs and the body lifts off the charcoal pan. Another mod suggests extra air holes in charcoal pan for air flow whereas this model has louvers and holes round the edge. Apart from putting in a proper thermometer and a grate for ash I'm hoping to avoid taking a tool kit to it.
post #2 of 18

Hello Phil.  I don't have this particular smoker but I have something similar and have used others in the past.  I assume the bottom picture is of the charcoal pan.  IF so, the holes are too high.  You need air coming from UNDER the coals, you need that smoker to act like a chimney, air IN from under the coals and then drawn ( "sucked ) through the coals and out the top.  Now, looking at the design; IF you can build/design a grate for the coals that fits in the 2nd "lip" ( the 2nd "lip" being inside where the smoker sits ) on the pan AND that still allows the smoker to fit properly you MAY JUST get away with it.  Then the charcoal pan just acts as an ash catcher.  IF I am being honest I foresee problems with the smoker in it's present form so I will find a member who has one to help you out.  Holes drilled in the bottom will get clogged with ash and stop air flow.  The holes you drill will not have a damper system so temp control MAY be an issue.  ALL IS NOT LOST!  DON'T LOSE HEART!  Many folks use them successfully.  I will find you some better help than I can offer.  Give me a little time and expect a PM from a SMF member.

Danny

post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 
Many thanks Danny, I thought I was going to be lucky, best get the tools out then
post #4 of 18

Yes, that is a different model from the original. My lid fits over the barrel while yours fits in it. Yours is vented better. The dome of mine had no vents, so I had to drill some hole to move the old smoke out. For the mods, I would suggest using it a bit first, you will then be better able to decide if that mod is needed or not. Mine did not lift off the fire pan so doing the leg trick worked great. I actually sat it down on concrete blocks. This allowed much more air flow, thus creating higher heat. Until you run yours a bit, there is no telling what you might need to do.

 

 


Edited by Flash - 4/17/14 at 11:57am
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the comparisons Flash, I'm going to grab a chicken and have a bit of a trial run on Friday to get a bit of a feel and see how I get on
post #6 of 18

Hello Phil.  You asked for some help.  I think you may have gotten some, And Flash has given some great advice.

Danny

post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by KC5TPY View Post
 

I assume the bottom picture is of the charcoal pan.  IF so, the holes are too high.  You need air coming from UNDER the coals

 

I don't have this model of smoker either however from your photo of the charcoal pan it looks as if it does actually have slots in the bottom to allow air to enter under the coals. Or are they just strengthening features?

post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 
Afternoon Wade, they are indeed holes so fingers crossed they get enough air in
post #9 of 18

Checking in from across the pond. I have the exact same smoker and had the same temp spikes and drops.

After a few smokes of baby sitting and frustration I had enough. I added a grate in the ash pan to get the coals off the bottom of the pan. Attached three weber dampers on the bottom that I got from amazon for a song. Put a real thermometer on the lid. Finally I sealed that gap between the lid and the body. Now I have total control. I can hold  accurate temps for hours. My smokes are now a pleasure. I have posted pics on one of my past threads.

post #10 of 18

Philmac128, I bought the exact same smoker last week and have already smoked some ribs and brisket in it. As I'm completely new to smoking, I can't tell you if it needs the mods or not, but I can tell you my experience wasn't that bad at all, but the meat turned out very dry (I put it entirely down to my lack of knowledge and very first smoke). I guess you need to know what signs to look for if it's "good or bad" but that should come with practice. I've spent hours reading up on it all so far and I think I am going to do all the recommended modifications based on the volume of positive reviews, post modifications. Let me know how the first smoke goes and if you intend to mod your gourmet - I might have some spares left over after doing mine Thumbs Up

   

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Originally Posted by philmac128 View Post

Just received my brinkmann and wanted to share some thoughts. After reading about all the mods I would need to do I was worrying that I had made the wrong purchase. I think there have been some changes or I have a different model. One mod is to move the legs to allow access to the charcoal pan, this model has fitted legs and the body lifts off the charcoal pan. Another mod suggests extra air holes in charcoal pan for air flow whereas this model has louvers and holes round the edge. Apart from putting in a proper thermometer and a grate for ash I'm hoping to avoid taking a tool kit to it.
post #11 of 18
Thread Starter 
I have done a few smokes now and am happy with results. After my first smoke I fitted a proper thermometer and fashioned a grid to raise coals. I'm not going to add dampers but can see how they would help in really nailing the desired temp.
post #12 of 18

Check out some mod pics.

3 bottom vents, one top, raise charcoal pan with lower holes drilled, new thermometer, seal gap between  lid and body, plug that center

hole in bottom. These things worked for me.

 

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/forum/newestpost/146912

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post #14 of 18

Hi everyone! New here; got my first smoker recently - the green Brinkmann Gourmet.

 

Been reading a lot about the mods and after my first run burning through a LOT of coal and having trouble maintaining temperature am keen to add a couple dampers and try to plug the rim of the lid. Plus get a grate of sorts for bottom of the coal pan. 

 

Question: Any ideas where I might be able to get spare air vent dampers from in the UK? Only ones I have seen on internet so far are a couple on ebay in the US, was hoping to have another run this weekend. If no deal I guess I'll have to make do. 

 

Cheers! 

post #15 of 18

Hello Jeronimo and welcome.  I'd maybe go to Asda and buy that cheap little kettle looking thing they have for £20 and rob parts off it.  Just a thought.  Keep Smokin!

Danny

post #16 of 18
Hi Jeronimo, welcome to the "Family"

Good call from Danny about a cheap bbq.

I purchased one from America a year ago, like everything in America, it's "oversized"!!!!



Smokin Monkey 🇬🇧
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by Smokin Monkey View Post

Hi Jeronimo, welcome to the "Family"

Good call from Danny about a cheap bbq.

I purchased one from America a year ago, like everything in America, it's "oversized"!!!!



Smokin Monkey 🇬🇧

Now that's not very nice. You are refering to texas. Everything is bigger there. 

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