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Hello from Sunny California

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Hi

 

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?   

 

 

Thanks& Cheers!

JT

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Welcome to the board, jt! Yes it's a good idea to light the additional coals because (depending on the brand) they can stink on startup, plus throw off the heat of the fire by throwing cold stuff on it.

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texas.gif  Good evening and welcome to the forum, from a beautiful and chilly day here in East Texas. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about  everything.

 

Gary

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