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