I've got an old ECB I bought back in the early 80's. Man, that Farrah Faucett was hot. At some point, I bought an electric heating element for it. It has been in the shed since the late 80's. I took it out for the 4th of July this year and checked it with my Maverick 733. It went up to 265 degrees and was still climbing when I cut it off.
I plan to fix it up some to use as a set it and forget it smoker for when I'm too lazy to tend my offset smoker. The mods I have planned are:
1. Vent the top with a damper so I can close it when it's not actively smoking to run up the heat.
2. Seal the lid with stove gasket.
3. Use a router speed controller to regulate temp.
4. Steel wool the interior and season with spray-on Pam.
5. Drill holes for meat and smoker temp probes.
6. Remove rust and paint exterior?
7. Add a heat sink? What and where?
I have a couple, no, several questions for the group. First, since it is originally a charcoal ECB, should I keep it charcoal? I have some woven wood stove gasket tape to seal the lid, where do I attach it, the lid? On the lip of the smoker? Should I paint it if I'm going to keep it inside? Season it with Pam?
If it was yours, with the electric conversion element, what would you do?
Here she is in all her glory:
I will post pics as the mods progress.