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ecb base mods

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finally found the time to start the "pre use" mods on my new gourmet ecb.

i have started at the bottom, so this post is about modding the base.

none of the mods are my ideas, they are from different sites around the internet, but i have

added my own tweaks to them.

i have always thought that the gourmet was a bit low, and looked top heavy, so i have added some legs, with a wider  base. found some ally strips, 50mm x 4mm, and with a bit of "suck it and see", i managed to fabricate the legs using my stand drill table and a hole saw to bend them around.

 

 

 

 

i got some stainless steel button head bolts from screwfix, and the result is very stable and level

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

added a pair of aga handles, which i got of ebay,

 

 

next, was the draft control.

couldnt quite understand why most folks go to the effort of adding 2 to 3 weber vents,

when there is already a vent hole in the base.

so after a few calculations (back to school!!), i worked out that 1 weber vent supplies 1.3 sq " of air .

i increased the size of the original vent hole to 2 1/4" diameter, which delivers 4 sq" of air flow,

equivalent to 3 weber vents.

 

 

next was to design a draught control.

after a bit of trial and error, and 3 attempts, i finally got it right

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

thats the base sorted, so the next post can only go upwards


Edited by engineman - 7/25/14 at 3:54am
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Thanks for the detailed post with photos. I think you should license your design back to them Thumbs Up. Looking forward to hearing whether they did the trick.

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 Hello.

 

"next, was the draft control.

couldnt quite understand why most folks go to the effort of adding 2 to 3 weber vents,

when there is already a vent hole in the base.

so after a few calculations (back to school!!), i worked out that 1 weber vent supplies 1.3 sq " of air .

i increased the size of the original vent hole to 2 1/4" diameter, which delivers 4 sq" of air flow,

equivalent to 3 weber vents."

 

I DO hope you are right.  As I said before, air flow in the right direction.

 

You do some REALLY fine work.  Can see you are a man who knows his way around tools.  LOVE that draft control.  REALLY great work there.  Hope all works as you hope.  Keep Smokin! Danny

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