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New Smoker Assembled...Next Step?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Greetings folks. Perhaps you can help. I just finished assembling a new Brinkmann side pit charcoal smoker. For the last smoker I had, I ignited a decent size mound of charcoal in the main body as well as the side pit to melt the glue and "condition the metal," as I was told. Is this the best method? Any help or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!
post #2 of 18
Yes this si right, burn it hot for several hours, use wood too if you can and you'll be good to go.

Is this a Smoke N' Pit? If it is, the next thing you need to do is to go to Ace Hardware and get a new set of real wheels to replace thee plastic ones! icon_mrgreen.gif
post #3 of 18
I don't know if I would burn coals in the main chamber. The rest sounds right.
post #4 of 18
Why not? It can't hurt. And without doing so, you won't get the temps required to burn off manufacturing residue. It IS steel - certainly it can handle one 3-hour burn.
post #5 of 18
Seems to me it would be a bear to clean out. The OP should be able to get plenty of heat just using the fire box.
post #6 of 18
I would spray down the inside with Pam as well then light her up! This will season it for you.
post #7 of 18
The one I have which sounds like the one he may have has a removable charcoal grate that runs down the center of the main chamber for grilling.

post #8 of 18
I have a pretty good size offset, and I sprayed down the inside of the entier smoker with PAM (firebox and all) plus I sprayed the OUTSIDE of the firebox...seemed to really seal in the pain and I didn't lose the paint on the firebox after just a few smokes, like what's happened to others that have reported here...

I also agree with Rick that it's not necessary to start a fire inside the smoking chamber - weather it hurts or not isn't really the question...meaning, I don't know 100% one way or the other.

To season mine, I did a burn for about 7 - 8 hours, maintaining 250° for the first 4 hours, and then getting it up to 300 for the last few.
post #9 of 18
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the advice

I think that spraying it inside and out is a great idea. This time we'll probably get a cover for it to help preserve the condition as well. Happy Smoking :)
post #10 of 18
I can remember when I finished putting together my SNP, I was burning within 30 minutes. It took a while to season, but it was fun playing in the fire icon_rolleyes.gif. You have been given a lot of good advice, hope everything goes well. Just remember have fun with it!
post #11 of 18
Thread Starter 
So you maintained a constant fire in the SP for up to 8 hours? Sounds like a good day ;) I am in the process of doing all of this now.

The discoloring happened to my last smoker after using it only a couple times as well. It was a Chargriller. Good smoker but couldn't hold the temp very long and required me to keep a constant vigil over it. Not that I'm complaining. It's always a great way to spend a day or 2. She burned through the wood and coals quickly though. I don't want to make the same mistake with my new Brinkmann.
post #12 of 18
Thread Starter 

daydreaming of a pink ring...

Sorry I'm late with these replies. Work has been a killer this week during the day (I'm supposed to be working now but am too psyched to get my smoke on). All I want to do smoke some meat dammit! Can't wait for Labor Day weekend. I'm gonna try to get in 3 days of ribs and a couple shoulders. Anyone else smoking this weekend or next? If so, what's going on the racks?
post #13 of 18
If you haven't already done so I think it would perfectly fine to start a fire in the main chamber to season it. Seeing that it was designed for that anyway. If I'm correct you can grill and smoke on that model so I don't see any harm in it.

As for what's going on the smoker this weekend. Unfortunately I'm going out of town this weekend on trip that I really don't want to go on but I have to go. icon_mad.gif

Hey good luck with your new toy.
post #14 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks Dropastone. I'll throw an extra rack of ribs on for ya pal PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #15 of 18
Anytime. I'm gonna hold you to that rack of ribs.icon_smile.gif
post #16 of 18
This weekend (few friends coming over): ABTs, Butt, my great uncle Joe's bean recipe on the smoker. Burgers & Dogs & Veggies on the grill.

Next weekend (big family get together): Ribs, another Butt, Chicken, sausage, & more of Joe's beans, maybe some sort of hot wings on the smoker. Probably some more ABTs, too. Burgers, dogs, corn, on the grill.

I will be firing things up early the two Saturdays in a row!
post #17 of 18
To bad I'm traveling east or would be coming to your house this weekend!

post #18 of 18
Although it very well would not hurt the smoker to burn some charcoal in the main chamber I see no good reason for it. Unless you will be using as a full time grill also. I wouldn't dirty up the main chamber for no particular reason. Just my opinion.
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