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New Smoker (I can quit when I want)

post #1 of 16
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Hey all ... Wife got me a smoker for Fathers Day this year (I guess whining about something enough does in fact work into adulthood (using "adult" very loosely here)). I am new to the outdoor smoking ... sure I've smoked our kitchen enough times by forgetting about something or making the oil too hot in the pan. Anyways ...going to be checking out the forum on a regular basis.

I got a Brinkmann All-in-One. LP/Charcoal BBQ, Smoker, and ... turkey fryer (I cannot wait for thanksgiving this year.)

I am looking for mods on these forums but I cannot find any I'm having issues with the search function.

If any of you fine gents can point me in the right direction I'd like to make this all it can be.

Right now my thoughts are:

1) Convert to NG if possible
2) Add a better Thermometer than a Warm/Ideal/Hot stock thermo
3) Figure out some way to control the airflow better when Smoking with Charcoal (which is my prefered method of cooking) Right now there is no control over how much air you can allow into the smoker so from what I understand there is no way to control the rate of burn.
post #2 of 16
Welcome aboard, I can't help with the mods but you came to the right place.
post #3 of 16
Welcome to SMF. You think you can quit but after your first smoke and you taste the results, you will be like the rest of us addicted to the hobby. and there is no cure. can't help you on the mods but someone will be along soon to help. Enjoy the path you have chosen
post #4 of 16
welcome to smf, i just have to concurr with the others.... welcome to your new "habit". strange behavior wiill follow such as increased purchases of ketchup,brown sugar,kosher salt,spices in the bulk sizes,meats,if on sale more meat.....etc. have fun and share some smokes with qview!!!
post #5 of 16
Welcome to the forum!!
post #6 of 16
Welcome to the site....................Glad to have you here...................
post #7 of 16
What erain said and more! You'll find yourself checkin all the grocery ads. You'll stroll thru the meat section even if you're only going to the store for eggs. You'll find your daily conversations creeping more and more to what you smoked last weekend. You'll take pictures of things you never took pictures of before. Your wife, though well fed, will think you are crazy. Welcome to smoking Bro! You're hooked!!!
post #8 of 16
Why wait until Thanksgiving to fry a turkey? I think most all of us probably say the same thing on turkey day...."this food is sooo good, why do we cook like this just one day a year?"

Thermometer ideas: FWIW, Tel-Tru makes some great thermometers.

Mods for a ECB...might also be helpful for your smoker
post #9 of 16
Welcome to SMF its a great place for smoking info and sharing with nice people. Happy Smoking
Yea fried turkey is good but guess what smoked turkey is good too hmm you might have to try both before Thanksgiving to make up your mind which is better. You may be like us and figure out you just gotta do both biggrin.gif
post #10 of 16
Welcome to the forum. You will quickly find that you won't need a Holiday just to fire up the smoker or fryer or grill or dutch ovens or ground pits or well you get the idea, just the whole experience of outdoor cooking is enough and everyday you do it will be a "Holiday" of some sorts. Also you will find here that most all of these fine people are NOT just fair weather summer time only smokers, you'll see people talking about there smokes during the snow and -20 degrees outside, windy rainy days, and yes your wife will think you have COMPLETELY lost your mind, mine has!!!

Anyway welcome and you have definitly come to the right place.
post #11 of 16
Welcome to the SMF. I own the same smoker you are discussing. Not sure about NG, you prefer charcoal.Plenty of aftermarket therms that can be installed on the cover for less than $20.You're right about the air flow from the bottom, only mod I would consider is adding some holes with a cover plate to the lid. This would help the flow of air.Hope this helps you out.
post #12 of 16
PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif Welcome to the forums and Happy Smoking. I'd say smoke a "Fattie" and read the threads on how to roll them first. Can't go wrong there. the Mods on the Charcoal smokers should work on the vent pipe and I don't know about converting to Natural Gas. I just happened to own a 100 lb bottle so it doesn't run out much. Greetings from Sedalia, MO. PDT_Armataz_01_36.gif
post #13 of 16
Welcome to SMF! Glad you are here!

Take care, have fun, and do good!


post #14 of 16
Hey Gecko. We have all filled the kitchen with smoke of some kind or another. Good luck with your future smokes.
post #15 of 16
It's not only wives that think you're crazy. My husband and father both think I'm crazy, but they sure do eat the meat.
post #16 of 16
Funny you should say these things. Found myself going to BJ's club (think Costco/Sam's if you don't have a BJ's in your area) for the office yesterday, needed to pickup paper products, TP, Napkins, etc and found myself "perusing" the meat section... Just to look. biggrin.gif

Also find myself talking more and more about the things I am loking forward to trying out, have done, look forward to figuring out.....

Welcome to the madness!
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