Hello all! Well I have been reading here for about 2 weeks and decided to register. I enjoy cooking and have always considered myself pretty decent behind a flame. So a friend of mine gave me his old smoker and seeing as how I have never used one I started reading all I could, which is what landed me here. It's like a whole new world has been opened up to me! I have enjoyed being here and not only did I refurbish this old smoker. My first smoke was a brisket that I finished today! My fingers are greasy as I type and I smell of smoke.. It's like heaven! I'm going to attempt to upload some pics.. Here is the smoker my friend gave me.. Brinkmann Smoke n Pit Deluxe.. Doing some work on that rust with my grinder.. I was pleased that there were no rush holes. I made some brackets because I wanted a shelf and drilled out 2 holes for thermometers. Had to make 2 new handles too. I'm not all that good with wood working. They could have turned out better but hey, what a difference! Two thermometers from Lowes.. About 8 bucks a piece.. Not the best but I didn't want to spend a ton and I tested them, they are accurate. Yes I used high heat paint. Supposed to be good up to 1200 degrees. Anyway, hope you enjoyed the pics..