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Original poster
Oct 9, 2010
Austin, TX
So  yeah, i'm new here and to smoking.   A few months ago I got a Brinkmann smoke and grill.  It's been a hassle to use, but I've gotten a couple good things out of it.  Guess I'll go ahead and ask a question while I introduce myself.  I'm having trouble keeping the temperature up, and from what i've read here and elsewhere I decided to put some holes in the charcoal pan to increase air flow.  Lets see if I can figure out how to put a picture of that on here:


Yep, that was done with a nail and the back of a screwdriver.  I'm a college student living in an apartment so I have absolutely no tools and my main concern is that the manager doesn't notice my smoker going on the balcony.  Anyway, let me know what else I can do to make it better given the lack of tools and space, thanks!

mr mac

Master of the Pit
SMF Premier Member
Oct 19, 2009
Doniphan MO
Welcome to the forum!  That mod you just accomplished is the first step in keeping that little smoker even tempered!  The next thing I would do is take the legs off (from the inside) and move them to the outside of the unit (screwdriver and pliers will work).  That will mean that the fire bowl is now free and no longer supported by the smoker body but a couple of bricks will work very well to hold it up inside where it belongs.  Doing this will allow you to lift the entire smoker up and away from the bowl making it so much easier to add charcoal (lump only, please) or wood as needed.



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SMF Premier Member
Mar 12, 2009

First off Welcome Burger Dude to SMF. you'll like it here for there are alot of really good folks here that would just love to help you with just about anything to do with smoking. Now there are alot of proven recipes for some amazing things here too. So if you need sign up for the E-Course it's free and it will give you the basics of smoking and some good methods to use also. So the next big thing for you to do is go out and get you something to smoke and if you happen to have any questions just post it here and we will be happy to answer them for you.

Welcome To Your New Addiction  


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OTBS Member
May 1, 2007

Welcome to SMF, Glad to have you with us.

This is the place to learn, lots of good info and helpful friendly Members.

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SMF Premier Member
Jun 21, 2007
Welcome to the SMF, you'll have more replies soon on this subject. It's all good my friend.


Legendary Pitmaster
SMF Premier Member
Oct 17, 2009
Hendertucky, Nv.
Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview. I got busted a while back and had to go electric myself. Always an option.