Hey Everyone, It's my first post on here, so forgive any "repeats". I did a few searches for mods on Brinkman smokers and found a bunch of great advice! After all the searches I have completed the first set of mods to my Brinkman smoker. Here they are: 1. Purchased a "grilling wok" from Amazon, it was ~$12 shipped. I use it as the charcoal pan. 2. Bought some BGE felt tape from Amazon, it was ~$18 shipped. I used it to seal the firebox door and smoker door. Here are a few pictures of my smoker with the mods (I cured it before adding the felt seal): And before the Mods (curing process): I'm really excited to get into smoking and as of this posting have only done a set of whole chickens. I will be using this smoker for the first time over independence day (trying my hand at a long smoke doing some Boston Butts)! Since the pictures were taken I have purchased additional cement pavers to make sure I don't get any lit coal onto the wood deck, $5 per paver is much cheaper than building a new house, also you can note I soak the entire deck before starting, I may just be paranoid, but I'd rather like to avoid a fire, especially where I live, since the whole state appears to be burning. As a new member I am interested to know if anyone else has done additional mods to the Brinkman vertical smoker that I should be aware of and implement. Also, any suggestions and how-to's you want to include, feel free to do so! I'm looking forward to all the great advice and suggestions on the forums!