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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
hi I just put my brinkmann vertical smoker together. The instructions say I need to cure the smoker. I tried doing that today. I filled the bowl with charcoal, lit them, got them glowing pretty good. However, I could not get the temp above 150. Anyway I appreciate your help. Looking forward to smoking my first brisket and rack of ribs. I should say too Im in the north east and its slightly above freeing out right now, would that effect my temp?

post #2 of 14
Welcome.........it could be that the factory temperature gauge is not registering accurately. Did you use a digital thermometer or were you using the one mounted on the smoker?
post #3 of 14
Was there any wind blowing? That will suck the life right out of your smoker, just like us. Windbreaks, location, blankets can all help with that.
post #4 of 14
Hello and welcome to the SMF. You've found the right place to learn and share about smoking and good Q.
post #5 of 14
Welcome to SMF!
post #6 of 14
Welcome to the forum. Glad to have you aboard.
post #7 of 14
Welcome to SMF. You'll find tons of information and lots of helpful people here. icon_smile.gif
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 


thanks everybody. Im going to give my smoker another test run this weekend. hopefuly it wont be a windy, and maybe i can get my temp up too.
post #9 of 14
Try these mods, they worked for mine

post #10 of 14
When I had a brinkman I had to drill some holes in the pan to get better draft. I bought mine used so it might have been a different setup etc. Just make sue the coals can draft well.
post #11 of 14
Azrocker beat me to it. biggrin.gif Holes in the coal pan will help a lot.

Welcome to the forum and congratulations on your new smoker!
post #12 of 14
welcome aboard, i hope you are getting the help you need. but i need to clarify some thing...

are you asking about a brinkmann vertical or a brinkmann smokin' grill? it you are talking a true brinkmann vertical that sorta looks like my gosm vertical shown here

Here it is shown with a couple of brisket and the bowl filled with water the charcaol is burning below

i have help with my charcaol burn by turn a veggie wok into a charcoal bin that set into the factory charcoal box.

here is a pic with the water bowl filled with sand

If you need some help please ask and here are a couple more thread to look at
mods to charcoal bin

water to sand switch
post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 
My smoker is a $60 brinkmann vertical. It looks a lot like the GOSM but it has two doors. One for meat access, one for charcoal and water access. from the sounds of things, I should drill a bunch of holes in my charcoal pan to get better draft. I will do that tonight. I also read I should drill holes in the top. Is that necessary with the vents already on the sides? Thanks everybody for all your help. Your making me feel more confident going forward.
post #14 of 14
Welcome to SMF truebaca....should be fine with the side vents at the top
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