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Help me "Pimp" my FREEBEE (left for dead) New Braunfels (Charbroil) Smoker?

manzwood

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After my Son  recently refinished a deck for a friend of the family this old left for dead smoker showed up at our house...

I guess this old smokey didn't look right on the freshly recovered deck.

     
Turns out that this is a New Braunfels "branded" smoker that was built after Charbroil apparently acquired the company.

     
The frame appears to be missing some parts as it isn't very stable. While moving the smoker one of the wheels fell off because it was missing one of the "speed nuts" with the plastic hubcap.

I pulled the axle out removed the other hubcap and cut some new 3/8-24 threads, installed a few spacer washers and finished the assembly with a some chrome washers and a chrome acorn nut to secure the wheels on the shaft. At least I can move this thing around without chasing down a loose wheel!

My Son noticed the work and said "Dad, why stop there...pimp that bugger".

I have a media blaster so I can work at cleaning up the steel but I sure could use some ideas on the "pimping" part.

Anyone good at making silk purses??
 

dirtsailor2003

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Id blast it, paint it clean up the wood and get to smoking! The best way to pimp a smoker is to load those cooking grates up with meat!
 

ribwizzard

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I'd just clean it, cook a few things while kicking back and having a beer, see how it cooks and how the rack placement works out for you.

You could always turn it into a reverse flow, or ad a propane burner, build some nice cooking racks out if stainless, etc. then paint it after you get all your mods done.
 

radio

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Glad to see you are joining the stick burner club
  That Manzanita wood you are so fond of will sure make for some good eatin' out of that smoker!

I just happen to know where there are some nice oak boards that will make a killer front shelf replacement


Move the thermometer down closer to grate level, but test it to see if it is accurate first.  If not, get yourself a new one and slap in there. The folks on here can recommend the best one to ya

Always cook with the stack wide open and control the heat with the air intake in the firebox
 

manzwood

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Thanks for the tips Old Man!

I was considering doing the reverse flow modification to this FREEBEE but I just ain't that good with my little MIG Welder.

Oh, and just keep it up with those Manzanita comments..you might find a small pile dumped in your driveway someday! 


Just enough to get ya hooked (hehehehe)
 

radio

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Thanks for the tips Old Man!

I was considering doing the reverse flow modification to this FREEBEE but I just ain't that good with my little MIG Welder.

Oh, and just keep it up with those Manzanita comments..you might find a small pile dumped in your driveway someday! 


Just enough to get ya hooked (hehehehe)

You can lay a plate in the bottom to approximate a RF and see how it would work.  Just have to move the stack to the FB end and seal the old location.  Before you sand and paint the smoker, i would build a rip roarin' fire in the cooking chamber to burn out all the old grease and gunk that has accumulated.  You are missing a wire grate at the bottom of the legs to hold everything together.  Not sure if an old refrigerator rack would work or not.  Another nice addition would be an adjustable vent above the existing on in the FB so it can move hot air more efficiently into the CC

I'm bettin' Michael is gonna have something to say about packin' firewood all the way out here!
 

manzwood

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Yep, been looking at the mods and weather or not I can pull it off without destroying the thing in the process.


Oh LOOKIE what I just got! 


A length of bright Aluminum Diamond Plate thats exactly the right width to replace the wood slats of the work table...

And enough left over to span the legs on both sides!

Whatcha think?

Oh, heck..Mike will make room for what ever I have...Remember Dad's buying...again!
 

radio

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By golly, that will work!  I'm just afraid the Weber has you spoiled and you will take a sledge hammer to the stick burner when (not IF;-) the temps start to fluctuate on you
  I absolutely love my New Braunfels though!
 

pittocarrillo

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I just got this charbroil offset smoker and it looks like it was made with the better quality of steel looking forward to reverse flow this baby
Anyone knows how you know if it's gonna be worth it modifying this baby
 

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