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post #1 of 6
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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 alloy 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 


                         1/4 open                                                         fully open




                               fully shut                                                 fully open inside view









thats the base sorted, so the next post can only go upwards--fire basket stage 2

post #2 of 6

Definitely looks more stable.  Very professional-looking job!

post #3 of 6

Great job! Makes mine look like I chiseled it out of stone.38.gif

post #4 of 6

These mods will make a huge difference, Put a damper on the lid


Gary S

post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 

gary, here it is.


post #6 of 6

Great Job !!!    Looks really nice.  You now have an inexpensive smoker that you can turn out some fantastic BBQ on.


Congrats --------   Next pictures some great Q --------------



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