Brinkman smoke n pit mod problems

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by master_dman, Mar 20, 2008.

  1. master_dman

    master_dman Meat Mopper

    I really need to show some pics..

    I got the brand new model.. and I'm a little perplexed on how to lower the stack.

    The warming rack is right in the way.. and I don't want to take the warming rack off.. because that seems to be the only support for the weight of the lid.

    I'll have to come up with another way to support the lid and lose the warming rack.

    Anyone else have this problem and find a solution?
  2. glued2it

    glued2it Master of the Pit

    Doesn't your stack slide off?
  3. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I went to the local muffler shop and had them cut a piece of 2-1/2 inch pipe with a slight flare so it would stay in the flange.

    Some of the older models had the flange on the inside so you could clamp something to the inside. Several people have used flexible dryer vent tubing for this.

    I wouldn't be too concerned about not having the warming rack installed. It just rides on the bolts and hangs in the lid holes. It does not really offer any support for the lid.

  4. You don't need the rack. Unless you want it. But it doesn't offer any support. You wil want to add some grate level thermometers. The one in the lid doesn't help much, but leave it in.
  5. master_dman

    master_dman Meat Mopper

    I removed the warming rack, but I could almost see one or both of the hinges snapping off because there just isn't any support for the lid when it's open. Maybe it would have been OK.. but I wasn't gonna chance it.

    I went to the local hardware store, and got some braided wire and screwed it between the two holes where the warming rack used to be. Works like a charm.
  6. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Does yours have a hinge? Mine just has a shoulder bolt that goes through a "tab" in each back corner of the lid and screws into a threaded insert in the bottom half. It is a fairly good size bolt and seems plenty sturdy. The warming rack on mine doesn't seem to offer any structural stablility whatsoever.

    It seems like there sure are a lot of variations on this model.

  7. crewdawg52

    crewdawg52 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Really not all that familiar with this smoker. Did have one many, many snows ago, but master did say he had a new model. With my old one, the warming rack was usless and just got in the way, just like Drowzy's. And was held up by holes in the lid. Maybe they "modified" the new model were the lid is supported by the warming rack now (found out too many smokers were throwing it away). [​IMG] Having pics to see would be a really big help BTW.
  8. master_dman

    master_dman Meat Mopper

    I need to play around and post some pics.. One of these days.!

    I tooks pics of the mods.. and the Easter feast before, during and after.
  9. master_dman

    master_dman Meat Mopper

    The lowered stack.. and the hinge I put on to support the lid since the warming rack is gone now.

    I also posted a pic showing my fire pit and smoke n pit side by side with my pre-burned apple wood ready for this weekends smoke, and my large score of apple wood stacked along the fence. !
  10. k5yac

    k5yac Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I don't have the "new model" as you call it... mine is the snp Pitmaster Deluxe, which did not have a warming rack, but is otherwise fairly similar. If you are interested in my mods (stack, digi probes, baffle) click on my mods link in my signature for photos and descriptions.
  11. fred420

    fred420 Meat Mopper

    why are you operating the smoker so unlevel-saw bricks under non-wheeled legs? also saw no beer cans, a definite operational error...
  12. master_dman

    master_dman Meat Mopper

    Ah yes.. The property is slightly unlevel.. The juices were running to the wrong end.

    All I had readily available were patio blocks that are way to thick. I'll find something else to level it out soon enough.

    ....and believe me.. the beer bottles are there.. But to make the pics a little bit more aesthetically pleasing.. I threw them away before I took the shot.

    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I live off the stuff.
  13. master_dman

    master_dman Meat Mopper

    Following Teeotee's lead..

    Here is the finished product.

    I decided to put the front rope gasket on the front side of the lip instead of on top.. since teeotee said the lid won't close all the way on his.

    I made sure to get each little bit of grease and paint off down to bare metal so the cement would stick really good.

    I started out with elbow grease, sandpaper, a file and a screwdriver..
    I didn't even have a decent drill.. (I went out and bought one)

    I quickly learned the right tools will save hours of work, and is much easier on the finger joints.

    Waiting for a break in the rain, I'll go put the top back on and fire it up to cure it and see if I'm still leaking smoke.

    More later.
  14. master_dman

    master_dman Meat Mopper

    It never did stop raining enough for me to fire it up and test it out.. but I did give the rope gasket several tugs in several places and it seems pretty solid. I did put the lid back on and it looks like its a perfect fit.

    I'm pretty confident that it'll last a few years.. lets hope I don't eat my words.
  15. capt dan

    capt dan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Dom is right, once you know the difference of the temp on the lid therm, and relate it to the actual temp at the grate, you can just do the math without opening the lid to check!
  16. I'm new to this forum and looking for advise on mods for my smoke n pit. I have a good idea for the smoke stack but looking for some pics on the baffle for better ideas. I know there a probaly tons of advise on here but lookin for a quick way out.
  17. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    I need to do the same thing to my Smoke N Pit. Did you use the flat tape or the round rope gasket? Also, what size -- 1/2", 3/8", 5/8"?

    Sorry to pry so much, but it is spring here and the HW stores have all of their woodstove stuff packed away. I will have to order it sight unseen online. Not much demand for woodstove repair kits when it's 70 to 80 degrees outside.


  18. teeotee

    teeotee Smoking Fanatic

    D-man good job there .... at least my efforts weren't totally in vein if someone has benefited [​IMG] .

    Mine worked great for the initial cure, temp was probably up around 30 degress higher than normal with less charcoal. Was a few days later i had a problem. I'm sure it's because i skimped on the prep work and didn't get all the way back to bare metal. Should of read the label better i guess[​IMG] .

    I'll be interested to see the results.
  19. has anybody had leg problems on there smoke n pit professional. i have moved mine around so much over the years the leg studs wont tighten. im afraid it will fall over one of these days
  20. linescum

    linescum Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The mod i made to mine that works perfectly was buy a GOSM Big Block

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