Modding my ECB

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by dribron, Aug 20, 2011.

  1. dribron

    dribron Meat Mopper

    I was reciently given this smoker..... http://www.lowes.com/pd_332738-4260...br|0||p_product_qty_sales_dollar|1&facetInfo=

    So I bought a grate to lift up the charcole in the fire pit. I drilled three hole ~ 1" from the ground. My next hope is to add a vent on the top. And also to have a sliding cover for the bottom hole. From what I have seen most ppl are using tin or alunimum that is then cut to shape. Holes are drilled on smoker and attached. My question is how do you drill the holes for the top damper? Drilling the holes on the fire box was a royal pain in the butt. It was hard to keep the drill bit in place to make the cut, but was eventualy possible. To make a 1/2" hole seems nearly impossible. So I ask how is the best done? Thank you _Duane
     
  2. dave54

    dave54 Smoking Fanatic

    drill smaller holes and work your way up to 1/2 inch holes
     
  3. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Center punch, pilot hole, hole saw. Good luck, and let us know how she turns out.
     
  4. dribron

    dribron Meat Mopper

    Okay so I have modded the fire bowl.. adding three screws, and added a grill shelf (not sure what that is called), this offers more air to the coals, and lessens the chance of smothering the fire out. I also added a sliding vent cover for the hole in the bottom, under the fire bowl. This I hope will offer more controle over the temp in the smoker.

     I have a question though. There is no vent on the top, the smoke simply comes out from the small gap around the dome lid. So I am wondering if you guys and gals seal this some way then cut/add tyour oven vent cover for the top, or should I leave it as it is? If sealing for leaks and adding my own sliding vent cover is best. How do you seal it?

    Thanks  Duane
     

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