Re: Hey Kids...What do you think of the Brinkman Pitmaster DJeff- Had a death in the family so I had to delay working on the baffle for the SmokeNPit, but got it done last weekend. I determined the piece of metal I had was electroplated so I thought it best not to use it. The local Lowes and Home Depot carry a lot of galvanized but no small pieces of plain sheet metal. My wife suggested using one of her old metal baking pans that was the right width. Using tin snips, I easily cut off one end and both sides. The result was roughly similar to the diagram you posted and I was then able to attach it to the top bolt on the firebox where it sits just under the grills and extends about 7 or 8 inches into the cooking area. I thought leaving it that long would leave a small area that would be somewhat cooler. Anyway, just thought the baking pan was a good, cheap solution that others may want to consider.
My question now for anyone using the SmokeNPit is how you deal with the ash build up in the firebox? Since there is no ash door, I put a small pan in the bottom of the firebox under the charcoal grate to collect the ashes and aid in clean up but found it soon filled up and seemed to be smothering the fire. I then put a couple of bricks under the grate to elevate it but had the same problem. Admittedly, I was using some cheap charcoal since this was just to season it. However, the grate just rests on the sides of the firebox, very close to the bottom. It seems it would be better if it were designed to sit higher in the firebox. I plan to smoke a load of ribs later today and will try it without the pan to see how it does. But even if the fire burns better, removal of the ash will still be a problem. If anyone has any suggestions, I will appreciate hearing them. Dave