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Brinkman Smoke'N Grill

post #1 of 39
Thread Starter 
What do you thing about this grill?

One at WalMart for $28 - Basic charcoal - two racks.

Is it good for a beginner? What modifications should be made?

For the price would I find out if I can do this smokin thing or would I be better off starting with something else? A gas or elec. for less frustration?

Is the learning curve to much for a beginner?

Is there a thread that covers this unit? I know I am asking a lot of questions but I want to try this smokin thing and not sure where to start. HELP!!!
post #2 of 39
does it have a side fire box?
post #3 of 39
Linbru I got a gas smoker at Lowe's for $98.00 on sale and I love it.
post #4 of 39
The old ECB bullet was my first smoker and I still cook with it. It's a great little smoker to learn the basics with and it turns out very good bbq. But I would suggest to do the modifications, especially moving the legs to the outside so you can have access to the fire-pan. You're also gonna need a good thermometer, the stock one is useless. Here's a good link the explains all the mods.

Welcome to the forums and remember to have fun! PDT_Armataz_01_12.gif

post #5 of 39
I believe the smoke n grill is like the gourmet but charcoal instead of electric. For $28 buy two! Heck buy three and send me another one!
post #6 of 39
Thread Starter 
Dude - It's an ECB so no side box - Isn't it a good place to start?

RIP - Drove all over within 100 miles and the only Lowe's said try next spring for smokers and that is what I got from almost every place that sells them. Farm and Fleet even sent all grills and smokers back to the warehouse. Go figure? Walmart was the only store that had them on the floor and it was the ECB $28 or a GOSM 36 at $148.

Bubba - That thread has a link in the first post that doesn't work and is the whole thread on the silver?

Ga Smoker - Thanks for the link on mods I will need it if the ECB is my first time smoker.

Debi - So you think the ECB would be an OK choice to try smokin? Sorry but that is the last one and the dept. Mgr. said they won't carry it next season. They had 6 before Thanksgiving and now one. That is why I am asking for thoughts here. No time to wait for an ECB at that price.
post #7 of 39
I can't believe Blains' did that. They do some wierd stuff when it comes to stock though. I still love the store though.


Is it like this one?

Or this one:

post #8 of 39
A bud of mine has one of those, very similar to the ECB I have. Yep, they work.
And that thread on the mods is all you need to make it a darn sight easier to use. Yep, it's a bit of work but it will teach ya alot.
post #9 of 39
I say go for it... ya' can't beat that price for an ECB and it is capable of pumping out some mighty fine Q... PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #10 of 39
Sorry Bruce, gave ya the wrong shortcut.........Use the one from Steve, that will make a good smoker for the price, also good practice for fire management.............then you can get an offset next year!!icon_smile.gif
post #11 of 39
Just buy the ECB! The price is more than right and it will surprise you with what it can do. A great learning curve. The Q off an ECB will sit beside Q off anyone's stickburner, gasser, electric, etc. You can't go wrong.
You may upgrade later, but you will always have use for the ECB. Bought mine in '75, used it last week.
post #12 of 39
Thread Starter 


Thanks everyone - See I made a good choice joining this forum!

Wavector - It looks like the bottom one but the packaging shows it as red.
Yah that's Sterling BFF , thanks for the link.

Bubba - Thanks for going the extra mile.

Richtee-HawgHeaven - Thanks for the good words.

Look like I can't go wrong with the ECB. Better get out there and buy it. THANKS!!!

NOW!!! Your all on the hook so to speak. I will need plenty of help and will be back many times with questions.
post #13 of 39
linbru.......if you can find the top one......a brinkman GOURMET smoker........you will like it better.........cause you can pull the top part off to get access to the fire........so its easier to add charchol and wood, for those all nite brisket smokes.........its what i have had, and had success with it for years now.........like the others have said.....its a good pratice unit to start out on......then move up to the side fire box smokers........like i am doing for christmas..........

good luck

post #14 of 39
I have 2 of those ECB's. The smoke and grill model's both came from walmart and I think I paid about that for them as well. Great learning tool. I still use them now even though I got something bigger. You won't be sorry with them. Just do the mods. they are worth it.
post #15 of 39
like djdeb told me once.........the larger smokers........uses up a bunch of fuel........charchol and/or wood..........gets expensive if all you doing is a butt.............thats when i would bring out the ecb.......like i mentioned early, i am getting a bit bigger unit......sfb unit.......but, i plan on only using when i plan on filling it up.........
post #16 of 39
I just wanted everyone to know which one you're getting so we can get the modification info. correct.
post #17 of 39
but if you haven't boughten it yet......try to find the top one......you will be Better off.......trust me......i have both of em........the top one is easier to use.........the bottom one is a pia........started with the bottom one.........SEVERAL of the bottom ones........was REAL happy to find the top one.......the Gourmet.......somes in green and red.......maybe black, but haven't seen one of those......

just my experience anyway.....and been using the ecb for over 20 years......
post #18 of 39
Linbru -

Just buy that little bugger! For $28 if you don't like smoking you can use it for a bun warmer! I have three smokers and I use my charcoal ECB the most. It's just cost effective for small meals or baking biscuits, fattys or chickens for dinner. (Yes I do small smokes too! icon_mrgreen.gif )

IMHO Charcoal tastes the best for smoking.
post #19 of 39
Is it truly a Brinkman brand? Cause I got this at Home Depot and it is just like the bottom one above, but is red and is made by Char Broil.
post #20 of 39
Still need that "I'm with stupid" sig biggrin.gif

Still got mine. PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
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