Hi. I am Matt from North Texas. I replaced my Brinkmann Horizontal looking for more consistency from the new vertical. Yesterday, I tried the pan method from Jeff's book and will post separately on the outcome and my smoker. Looking forward to participating in the forum!
First Smoke Brinkmann Trailmaster Vertical
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I just posted a comment on this thread http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/149947/new-brinkmann-trailmaster-vertical-smoker It has a lot of good material on this smoker, if you haven't seen it. I was post #93 of 93. I've only fired it twice but I haven't had any trouble maintaining 225-250 for several hours on one load of about 3.5 lbs charcoal (3/4 lump and 1/4 briquette.
I did seal the door with Nomex tape and sealed the 2 halves of the firebox with a 5/8" X 1/8" flat fiberglass gasket as there was a gap there. Some people have had issues with the door being warped and have added latches at top and bottom of smoker. I'm happy so far..
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