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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hey guys, great forum you have here! I'm a total newbie and hoping to learn lots here as my only grilling experience until tonight is on a gas Sunshine grill from Australia. While it does a commendable job, cant beat the flavor on a charcoal grill, which brings me to last week...

Driving down the street, I see a grill/smoker in someone's driveway with a "take me, I'm yours" sign on it. Upon closer inspection, it looks to be in decent shape. It's gray on the outside, the paint is gone but inside it is almost perfect! I quickly loaded it up (it was heavy!) and brought it home.

After doing some research, I found that it is a New Braunfel's smoker and fairly highly sought after. I bought some hi-temp paint, some scotch brite pads and degreaser, and a universal rock grate for the side firebox.

After a couple hours of scrubbing, painting, and sanding and refinishing the wood, here's what I have. Looking forward to lots of good things off this grill, made my first attempt at chicken breasts tonight. Used lump charcoal and mesquite. Very impressed! Looking to do bigger and better things.

Thanks for all the wonderful ideas I have been reading about here. Lots of improvements to make to it!
post #2 of 15
Welcome to SMF glad you decided to join us. Great find and it looks like you did an awesome job redoing it. You'll find lots of good info and some great recipes here.

I'm going to move your thread to the roll call section so people can give you a proper welcome.
post #3 of 15
Nice Score! biggrin.gif
post #4 of 15

Great Find

SWEEEET That is a Awesome looking smoker
post #5 of 15
Welcome! And nice work on finding that and redoing it! Don't forget to let us know how the smokin turns out! PDT_Armataz_01_01.gif
post #6 of 15
Welcome to SMF Looks like U did a good job of refinishing your new smoker.
post #7 of 15
Welcome to the SMF, We are glad to have you onboard
post #8 of 15
Nice NB Smoker, and welcome.
post #9 of 15
That is a shhhhwwweeeeet find! Great job! You are gonna like it here!
Dont forget to season her properly. welcome to your new addiction!
post #10 of 15
Welcome aboard! That's an awesome find, for sure, and you've done an excellent job restoring her!

I'm looking forward to seeing some Q-view from you. Get that TBS going!!
post #11 of 15
Welcome & REALLY nice job refinishing that. Wish we could see some before shots.
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys! I had no idea what it was when I saw it in the people's driveway, but when I went and looked at it and found how heavy it was, I knew it was a quality piece of equipment.

I wish I would have taken some "before" pics too. The inside of this thing looked like it had hardly been used. No rust anywhere, not even on the inside of the firebox lid. I didn't have to do any rust removal on the outside either. Don't know why it was gray colored, unless it had set in the sun long enough to fade the paint that badly. They didn't come gray did they?

The really cool thing? Inside was a starter chimney and a bag of mesquite. Seems that one mans trash really is another man's treasure!

This is an awesome site, lots of stuff to learn, can't wait to make my first brisket. Thanks for the welcome!
post #13 of 15
Congrats on the great find and welcome to SMF.
post #14 of 15
Great find!!
post #15 of 15
Nice find!
Some folks have all the luck. Maybe you should have got a ticket to Las Vegas and really taken advantage of the streak.
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