Re: Brinkmann Grill King Deluxe
h, I have a BSKD which I used to cook on a lot. There are a couple of relatively simple mods you can do that will make fire control of you cooker a lot easier.
First, raise the firegrate. The factory configuration of the firegrate being so close to the bottom of the firebox/ashpan doesn't allow for enough air to get to the fire and keeps the fire too far from the cooking chamber.
There are several ways you can approach this, and eventually you'll probably want to do something sturdier and longer lasting, but as a interim measure the simplest is to buy 4 stainless steel bolts 2-2 1/2" long, along with nuts and some washers to match. Put a washer on each bolt and a bolt through each corner of the firegrate with a washer and nut on the underside of the grate. This will make longer legs for your firegrate that will raise it up where there is room for ash under the fire and still room for air to get to the fire.
The other "mod" is called a baffle. This is a deflector that will help force heat under the waterpan and over to the far side of the cooker instead of the heat entering the cookchamber and going straight up the left side.
I'll hunt up a template for the baffle that I can post. The easiest way to do the baffle is from some aluminum flashing available at a home improvement or hardware store. It's easy to cut with snips and quite cheap. If you have a lot of tools and are the handy type, a sturdier version (steel 22-16ga) will last longer, but the aluminum will last quite a while.
As for how to manage your fire, if you'll tell us a little about what kind of charcoal you use (briquette or lump) and what you're using for flavoring wood (chunks, sticks, chips) we'll be better able to point you in a postive direction.