Just joined the forum after getting my smoker in February. Currently have the Brinkmann ECB and am anticipating problems to be honest but will not let that stop me. Have recently made some of the mods suggested - charcoal pan mods and fitting a proper temp gauge this week. Fingers crossed I can become familiar with it and get some level of control over it.
Read about not using quick light charcoal so that is one place where I have already gone wrong. Hoping that by using better charcoal (is lumpwood the best?) and with the mods my next smoke off will be more successful. Was wondering does anyone have any success stories with the ECB - I am a glass half full kind of person but this is being tested the more opinions I read. I didn't want to spend hundreds of pounds, one because I don't have it and two don't think i will use it enough to justify that expenditure.
Look forward to using the forum and asking questions and getting some sound advice.
So far I have tried chicken (great flavour), pulled pork, smoked pork tenderloin, sausages and mackerel. All of them tasted good but have had to put the majority in the oven to finish it off so am striving to do a cook from start to finish in the smoker I have in the garden.