Been a long time BBQ'er with an assortment of Weber's (Kettle, Gas & portable gas). Got the Brinkman ECB for the holidays, failed at my first few attempts to cook on this, was getting ready to return it when I happened on this site. Following the advice on this site did the basic mods - picked up a $9.99 knockoff smokey joe which has become my charcoal bowl after moving the legs to the outside, put the unit on bricks to get clearance for the bowl, added a proper thermometer, cannibalized the vent from the bbq and installed it on the dome (3 ~ 1/2 holes). Bought the fireplace rope but didn't install it yet.
Fired up the ECB and ran it over the weekend for 5+ hours, was able to maintain a consistent 225 ~ 250 range with water in the pan after playing with different vent settings. Got a lot of smoke out of the vent and the seal between the dome and the body. Seems to be a difference of opinions about the rope vs. the benefits of letting the smoke vent out of the seal to avoid creosote/stale smoke buildup
- is it best to let ECB smoke out the seal btwn or add the rope or aluminum foil to seal in the smoke?
- what's the best wat to add fuel mid way through the cooking? Should I use my chimney and preheat coals before adding them to the bowl or just add in more coals along the way?