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I think I just found the awesomest forum on the internet!!! This site totally rocks!

My wife heard me lusting over my buddy's smoker and got me one for Christmas. Last weekend I fired it up officially developed a smoking addiction. So far i've done pulled pork, chicken, beef spare ribs and I got some baby backs on right now.

The smoker I am using is a El Cheapo Brinkmann. I did the leg mod and put a grate in the bottom of the fire pan. i drilled 6 - 1/2" holes in the bottom of the fire pan. I also drilled 4 1/4" holes in the lid for more airflow.

One of the biggest challenges I'm having is getting the thing up temp. Last saturday, on its maiden voyage, it ran right up to 240 and stayed right there. It was after that smoke that I did the mods. Monday and today I am having a terrible time with the temp (monday it was rainy/windy, today is windy. I have a windbreak ariund the smoker and it doesn't seem to help)

To raise the temp do I need more airflow on the bottom or the top? Does it work to open the door to increase airflow?
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Welcome to the forum. There is lots of good information here.
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Welcome aboard. Glad you joined us. This hobby can be very addicting.There are a lot of ECB users here that I'm sure will be willing to help out.
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Amosis, welcome to SMF!It takes air movement to get heat butt don't open the side door for this. Not sure why your temps changed butt it could be the charcoal if you changed brands. Do a search for ECB for may answers and solutions. Your wind brake may need to be opened a bit as the wind will create more heat.
Get back to the forum if you need more help!!
PS, please get you a good thermometer or two as the one that came with it is not worth using.

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Welcome to the SMF, you'll find the right help from our members. It's all good my friend.
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Welcome to SMF. Glad you joined us.
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welcome to SMF, you will get a lot of good help and info here.
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Welcome to the SMF forum, You came to the right place. Good people and good info.
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Welcome to the SMF, We are glad to have you onboard
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