Started modding my ecb..
sounds good. You can roll up some foil and close up the lid gap for this weekend, no problem. And don't worry too much about the vent on the dome. When you run the smoker, you run it with that dome vent full open so you don't get smoke backing up in the smoker which makes the food acrid. The weber vent is only to close when not smoking. If you need a step drill they are available at harbor freight if there is a store around.
Yeah I got to thinking last night at work that there really wasn't much point in making a vent in the lid that I could open and close.
I will just drill a few holes later on and save the little bit of aluminum I have left in case I need it for something else.
I hear ya. I bought a grill cover on sale for like $5 and I use it to cover the ECB when I'm not using it, so mine is just to make it look purty... Serves no purpose, whatsoever... So when is that Butt going on the smoker? Today or tomorrow?
I'm interested to see how you like that intake vent you made. I'd like to see a pic with the smoker setup to run, so basically just the lever sticking out (a thought occurred to me that it might not be quite long enough and it will be hot?) so wear some gloves?
I'm looking forward to getting mine going this weekend too.
Points for you!
Smoke this weekend...
I'm guessing temperature and amount of smoke you generate are going to factor in as well.
If metric helps, I usually smoke between 100 and 120 C, and I have ten 5.5mm holes drilled in the top. I don't think it's quite enough.
I was nervous about it, too. I started with this.
I ended up widening the holes, and I should probably widen them even more, but it was a good place to start. Another factor is whether you've got smoke coming out elsewhere. If you've got a nice seal around the rim, the smoke's got to come out somewhere. If the smoke is escaping around the rim, you can get by with fewer and/or smaller holes... I think.