Brinkmann Trailmaster Limited Edition

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by realtorterry, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. Hey everyone,

    New to the forums, and looking forward to a long patronage to this site.  So, I purchased the Brinkmann Trailmaster LE and before I even do anything with it, I wanted to make some mods so that I get some nice even temperature across the box, and so I began by looking into a sealant.

    I found and purchased this thinking it would work... any thoughts?  If I seal the joints, should I be worried that any toxins will come off of it and into the food?

    Also, it seems that moisture has gotten into my thermometer... any good ways to get that out?

    Thanks so much everyone and I look forward to posting all my failures and


  2. I think that sealant dries to a hard state. You don't want that. The Rutland High-Temp Black Silicone Sealant will work everywhere but the firebox door. It gets too hot there.

    Toss that thermo and get a replacement. Better yet, get two and install them at grate height.
  3. smokin nw

    smokin nw Smoke Blower

    chase54, the best thing you can do is go to page 1 of this thread and read it all.

    Those of us that have posted on here have been through it already.

    So you will have a better understanding of the assembly so we can help you better,

    then ask away.

    I myself sealed every thing from the legs up.

    Just have fun with it.
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  4. Due to the design of the firebox's lower rails, like everyone else I got tired of the sloppiness of the fit of the ash tray. I knew that all I needed was to shore up the tail end of the rail somehow so the ash tray would fit up properly, but I didn't want to add anything to it.

    Then, after staring at the damn thing for an hour, it occurred to me that the rails themselves would probably be bendable. Out came the BFG (big freaking hammer) and here's the result (I did both sides):

    A little hard to see, but it really helps to snug up the ash tray nicely. I'll probably bend them up further for a tighter fit.

    On another note, it's too bad there's no easy way to add some sort of thin (3/4" - 1") insulator to the inside of the firebox door/top...
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2013
  5. smokin nw

    smokin nw Smoke Blower

    Here is a leak I did not see untill now.

    Its on the back of the firebox just above where the ash drawer is.

    Sealed up and going to have to sand and paint.

    Anyone else have this problem ?

    Looks like I lost heat there.

  6. comosmoker

    comosmoker Smoke Blower

    I didn't until the seal finally burned off.  I do now.  Looks like I will be sanding and painting this weekend.....[​IMG]
  7. ps0303

    ps0303 Meat Mopper

    So last night I picked up my brand new BTLE for $150, what a deal.

    Now it has been put together already, unit was the store display one, and I have my shopping list of items I need for the modding but just wondered if I should take it apart and put the RTV on and then reassemble?
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2013
  8. smokin nw

    smokin nw Smoke Blower

    Nice score on that.

    You should take it apart and seal it back together, but you can take the chance that you got a rare one that don't leak smoke [​IMG]
  9. comosmoker

    comosmoker Smoke Blower

    Every display model I have seen has gaps.  Smokin NW might be right about getting a rare one, but I have not seen that.  And I looked a lot before I bought mine.  I would take it apart and seal everything.  BTW.....great price on the TMLE!!!  [​IMG]
  10. smokin nw

    smokin nw Smoke Blower

    Got my paint, getting ready to sand, time is running out for me.

    Big weekend up here, Seafair time on Sunday, smokin and watching the hydroplane boat races.
  11. ps0303

    ps0303 Meat Mopper

    So I went ahead and took it all apart and put down a bead of the high temp RTV and then put the pieces back together.  I sure am glad I did that as I was taking it a part I could see gaps and a few other issues.  Had I not taken it apart I would have put down a RTV bead around the joints to seal it up.  But taking it apart I think allows for better sealing.  I did still put down a bead around where the firebox connects to the cooking chamber. A little extra never hurts.

    I also put a bead down on the channel where the lids sit and then put down some plastic wrap and closed them.  Waiting for about an hour and then I'll open and see what it did and let ti fully cure.

    I also added the chimney extension and sealed it up as well.

  12. smokin nw

    smokin nw Smoke Blower

    Looks like your on track [​IMG]
  13. comosmoker

    comosmoker Smoke Blower

    That should do the trick!!  Keep us posted...[​IMG]
  14. smokin nw

    smokin nw Smoke Blower

    OK, I am back in the saddle again.

    Not the same as the rest, but better.



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  15. after going trough numeros chargriller horezontalz (belive it or not i am a high school grad. wow} and learning to make realy good que on them i finley bought a lang 60 {life is good} my wife should be sainted for allowing this
  16. comosmoker

    comosmoker Smoke Blower

    Nice fix.  It is supposed to rain here all weekend and I am leaving town for a week, back on Friday night.  I will have to do mine next weekend....[​IMG]
  17. smokin nw

    smokin nw Smoke Blower

    Sunday I am going to heat it up real good, then we will see how long it last. 
  18. comosmoker

    comosmoker Smoke Blower

    Hope it holds....[​IMG]
  19. jwg299

    jwg299 Smoke Blower

    doing my first brisket on the grill today 6.5lbs

    I put a lil rub on it.

    Last edited: Aug 4, 2013
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  20. smokin nw

    smokin nw Smoke Blower

    Looks good, keep the Qview coming [​IMG]

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