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Brinkmann pitmaster propane mod pics

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
So i was bored again today, so i figured i would turn a bunch of spare parts into something useful. I adapted the burner from a small fireplace, a regulator off of my 50 gal. project tank and a valve from a misc. debrit pile into a way to keep heat going in my firebox for extended periods of time during long smokes. This way if i need to take off for an hour or two during a 16 hour smoke.. i wont be worried about the fire going out. I am curious what type of results this will give me. It seems to give me very accurate control of the temp. inside my grill, but how will the introduction of propane effect the taste of the meat??

The valve i salvaged controlling the size of the flame in the firebox.

the fire i get at a few turns past open. Approx.. 30% of the way up.
post #2 of 20
From the look of the way you set it up, it will ruin the taste of the meat.

I don't see an air venturi on the project. This means your propane is UEL which is why the flame is so yellow. You need an air venturi and set the baffle so the flame is blue with just a 1/16th tip of yellow on the very end.

Carbon Monoxide is just one of the many problems this set is going to cause. There are several compounds being created that will kill your meat and make it taste horrible.

You also have a good chance of taking the entire box to UEL and then having it flash when the lid is open.
post #3 of 20
Thread Starter 
thank you for pointing that out! My dad works in propane and i should have consulted him with this. I am taking it apart, and were going to install one now. I will let you know how it works. Thanks again!
post #4 of 20
No problem, we are here to help!

The cone with the pivoting baffle is my choice on burners. Place it external to the burner.
post #5 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thanks again. Just went down to the shop and got a few different sized orrifice plugs to try inside the venturi to see what one gives us the best results. Working on it now. Ill post what i find and new pics when were through..
post #6 of 20
OK, looking for blue with a very small yellow tip on the flame. You will find the new set up better then blowing up!
post #7 of 20
Thread Starter 
Got it all figured out. blue flame with small yellow tips all the way across the burner. Now im watching the temp. to see if it is going to be worth it, or if i should just scap the idea. I'm always open to try new things. If at first you dont succeed...
post #8 of 20
Can't wait to see updated pics on this. A friend of mine was wanting to convert his upright to propane, this might help him.
post #9 of 20
Thread Starter 
Hey there Texas! I dont want to publish any pics of what i have going quite yet... I am playing with what i have working right now. But i still consider it experimental at this stage. If I dont get the desired effect out of what i built from stuff lying around.. i am going to look into robbing a hibachi of its element and propane set up. I will be working on this throughout the night and hopefully have something that i am proud to say is part of my smoker soon. When i do, i will post pics and what it takes to set it up. I am also still looking for input from anyone else who might be able to help. Or may have a good idea.
post #10 of 20
What about a burner from a gas grill? I believe you could get one fairly reasonable at Home Depot.
post #11 of 20
Thread Starter 
thats what i will be looking into if this doesnt do what i want it to do. Im trying to do this on the cheap. But im sure that will work. Im just experimenting with what i have.
post #12 of 20
I'm not so sure that doing it "on the cheap" is the safe way to go, but that's up to you. I wish you much success with your project.
post #13 of 20
Thread Starter 
Maybe you misunderstood what i meant by on the cheap.. I am trying to use burners that i already have to make this work. Thats all. It will all be "safe" but anyways.. I have been playing around with a burner out of my hibachi, and i like the results i get out of it. I placed the burner in my firebox and hung the regulator out the vent to simulate an actual installation. I got the temp up to 220 no problem!! They make a hose that will attach the regulator from the hibachi to a standard propane tank. So now, i have to pull apart my fireplace burner/mod and insert the hibachi burner instead. Then just wait for my dad to bring me the proper hose, and bingo!! I will post pics of it after i am done. I still have to fabricate a shield to place above the burner to prevent the falling ashes from snuffing the flame. Luckily i have a lot of stainless steel left over from my last mod. Pictures to follow soon!!!
post #14 of 20
Sorry, wasn't aware that you had other burners. Carry on!
post #15 of 20


Look here at Gas Smoker's converting website .. for the way others have made money for the less mechiancally inclined...


OK now go do it!...

post #16 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thats pretty much what im doing with the burner out of the hibachi. Except, it wont be sticking out of the air intake door. It will be out the opposite side in a permanent fixture. That way i can still use mesquite when i want to. Hows the snow over there??
post #17 of 20
Thread Starter 
Well, after last nights smoke, i'm gonna ditch the burner for now. You would need to install a plate or something above it.. It gets buried in ashes as you smoke. It also takes up valuable space underneath the wood grate for much needed air flow. If i put in a plate, i would have to raise the wood grate too much. It would sit too high in the box. Oh well, It was worth a try, and i had fun doing it! Back to the drawing board..
post #18 of 20
What he said. PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif

You can remove the Afterburner from a SnP in about 15 seconds. I made another door for mine so to switch back to charcoal would take maybe 3 minutes.

The Afterburner is mounted on expanded metal and wood chunks go in a 42 ounce juice can. Works very well. I have one on my SnP.

post #19 of 20
Neat Conversion...PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #20 of 20
I used a burner from a turkey fryer. I poked it into the air intake and left the end with the hose outside and closed down the air damper to hold it. I turned the charcoal rack sideways and it will sit above the burner, then used a coffee can with wood chunks and foil for the smoke placed above, it works well. And if I still want to use Charcoal/wood I just take it out and it is back to normal.
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