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ECB Smoke-N-Grll (round) Mods

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It's a nice day here, I took the day off for a four day memorial weekend. I figured it was the perfect time to do some mods to my new, old ECB that I found in the shed last week. All in all, I put the legs on the outside, allowing me to put legs on the fire pan. This will let me lift the smoker to add/change charcoal without lifting the lid and removing the meat. I also added some 1/4" holes in the fire pan to increase air flow. There's not a lot, I can add more if I need to. I also added a higher quality thermometer in the lid. I thought about adding one at the lower grate, but am holding off on that for now.

 

Here's the victim, err...  volunteer... before mods.

 

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The pieces and parts, all stainless steel. I cut the threaded rod at work. Not shown here is the thermometer, but it's in the last photo.

 

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The assembled tools. Not shown, the leather gloves I decided to wear handling the hot metal and while drilling.

 

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First, I set the fire pan inside and marked where the legs would go. Instead of measuring, I just marked where the legs of the smoker were and drilled my holes there.

 

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The legs have been moved to the outside.

 

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The completed fire pan. The threaded rod is 1/4-20 and cut to 10 inches. I threaded the holes so the rod would be held in place while I adjusted the nuts. On top and bottom are a flat washer, lock washer and nut.

 

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The barrel placed over the fire pan.

 

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The water pan and grates in place.

 

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The completed smoker with the new thermometer added to the lid. I drilled a 7/8" hole for the mounting.

 

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I'm thinking about adding vents to the top of the lid. I have an old grill that has a sloped lid like the ECB and I think the curvature of that vent cover would fit this perfectly. I want to do a test burn and smoke in it before doing that.

 

I read all the horror stories about how long it takes to upload photos, etc., so I haven't started the first burn and seasoning, yet. That will come as soon as I post this and make sure it worked. Just sitting in the sun, the thermometer is over 100 degrees.

 

Thanx for checking out my new, old ECB!

post #2 of 7

Looks and sounds great!  I think I'll do the same to my ECB (retired to camping use now that I have a SFB).  I need a new fire pan, though -- mine's pretty burned out.

post #3 of 7

I did the same thing too mine pretty much. You might look at adding more vent holes in the pan. I added 4 sets of 4 (1/4) around the bottom so mine would come up to temp. I also added some under the bottom.

 

You can always plug them off with magnets if you need too.

 

I also added a seal around the lid and popped in a vent on TOP. I might have went a lil overboard though LMAO!!

 

My .02

post #4 of 7

Where did you get that grate that is in your firepan? I got one something like a Weber 18.5 or something grate, and it is way to big. Yours looks like the perfect size.

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The grate in the firepan came from the firepan of a 15 inch Weber that I rarely used. I would like something just a bit bigger, but this has worked great. I have a bigger grill, so the Weber got to donate to the smoker.

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Thanks 5lakes. Off to get a 15in or so grate will work alot better then the 18.5

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The grate itself is about 10 1/2 inches round. The grill is 15" and the grate was from it's fire pan.

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