I see a few post where folks say they are converting to gas, but other than the odd "set it on a fryer base", very little feed back about how to or what works/don't work.
I have a 30yr old smoken'grill. Charcoal. It's so old, the charcoal pan has a 2 inch hole in the center (factory), no idea why they abandoned that design.
After finding this site, I've decided to give the old girl a face lift. I want a propane smoker, but it's hard to find one that will do a 20 lb bird at thanksgiving. They are out there but it will be awhile til I can afford it. The ECB cost me $24 then and are $50 now, so there are limits to what I will spend on this one versus put towards a Smoke Vault. I like to repurpose.
The turkey fryer is certainly the easiest way, but I don't have one and unless I find a screaming good deal, not likely to. I do however run across throw away gas grills from time to time, I've been thinking as others have, about useing the side burner in the ECB. This is not without it's challenges. I find nowhere that anyone has done it with success, how, or where they hit a brick wall and gave up.
Most side burners have about 10,000 btu which comes to more btu / cubic inch than the most popular cabinet smokers. It should be plenty big enough.
Anyone care to share their experiences and how to's/ why nots ?
I will be doing the charcoal mods and a few of my own to get me by til I can make a move on the gas conversion.