SUCCESS!!! Brinkmann Vertical is now converted---with pics

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by luv2camp35, Apr 9, 2008.

  1. I have been noodeling over some ways I could get better use out of my HD Brinkmann Vertical. I knew I wanted to convert to propane but was unsure exactly how I wanted to do it. I wanted to leave my option open of easily using charcoal at any time.

    I was grilling some steaks on my Brinkmann grill and had the germ of an idea plant itself. My grill has (should say HAD) a side burner on it. I bet I have not used it 6 times in the 3 years of owning it.

    I removed the side burner and cut a hole in the bottom of my smoker giving myself about 1/2" of clearance. I then placed the burner on the outside bottom and mounted it using pieces of pre-punched angle.



    I do plan to add an elbow to the gas connector to make it eaiser to hose it up.

    I was also able to use the tray from the side burner on the inside to put the cast iron skillet I plan to use for chunks.



    And here is the finished product!!! And yes.....lower door does clear the control knob with room to spare.



    Total cost so far.....a whopping $8.57. And I can add another rack now that I will not need my burn basket.

    Looks rather professional if I may say so myself. I ran it for about 30 minutes with nothing but the water pan in it and it hit 231 and held for 10 minutes with control set at lowest setting. I think with a load of meat it will do even better.

    Which leads me to one question.

    If I see that my heat exceeds 250, would you recommend adding the needle valve? Or would adding another vent at the top of the smoker allow for heat control. I have the piece I cut from the bottom and can easily cut a hole in the top in a smaller diameter and use the bottom piece to cover.

    Now for the best part. I can take the sideburner off in about 3 minutes and be back to charcoal. I kept the cover that came off the burner and would use that to cover the hole. That will actually be an improvement as it will allow me to use it as a cleanout.

    Now to get to shhhhhmokin'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  2. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    ty camp-I too have a side burner that i never use-well, not exactly your set up but I now have a burner for my new project-cool.
     
  3. sumosmoke

    sumosmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    nice mods luv2camp! Those were pretty simple after seeing your pics and the cost couldn't be beat!!!

    Happy smokin' and nice job!! [​IMG]
     
  4. greazy

    greazy Fire Starter

    Well Done! Congrats. Keep that fertile mind a-pumpin'.
     
  5. bb53chevpro

    bb53chevpro Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice job on the conversion.
    Andy.
     
  6. blacklab

    blacklab Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Right on!!! What a great Idea [​IMG]
     
  7. fred420

    fred420 Meat Mopper

    i am gonna garbage pick a grill with a hopefully functional sideburner soon..grills always out on big garbage day..then i am gonna make a big smoker out of a metal cabinet i have...awesome idea that is well executed.............[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  8. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice job luv2camp! [​IMG]
     
  9. fireguy

    fireguy Smoking Fanatic

    Nice buddy, you done good!![​IMG]
     
  10. I've done this conversion to a brinkman barrel smoker before, you'll notice that the propane heat has alot more moisture in it........I didn't use the water pan after converting to gas.
     
  11. dono

    dono Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    all I can say is WOW, that is one great idea. I will be stealing it soon. but I always give credit were credit is due I'll admit I didn't think of it, lol
     
  12. aussiemick

    aussiemick Meat Mopper

    Awesome job. I need somthing like that on mine.
     
  13. geob

    geob Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    If I see that my heat exceeds 250, would you recommend adding the needle valve? Or would adding another vent at the top of the smoker allow for heat control. I have the piece I cut from the bottom and can easily cut a hole in the top in a smaller diameter and use the bottom piece to cover.
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    You should be able to add BOTH. Why limit yourself. Mod looks great and I can many uses for the side burner that I also never use.

    geob
     
  14. kookie

    kookie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great looking mods................I have any old grill that I am going to be parting out and the side burner is the one thing I plan on saving for future use on a smoker................
     
  15. magnum

    magnum Newbie

    Looks good. Food stuff might drop down there and do some regulating for you. I think I would try the needle valve first or a different regulator. No air adjust on the burner intake? Probably want the blue flame either way. Your test, was that with the intakes closed?
     
  16. vlap

    vlap Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Excellent Work!!!!
     
  17. I've got an old turkey fryer that I've been thinking of using for my conversion.
     
  18. Nice job on the mod...Looks very professional!!! [​IMG]
     
  19. Thanks for all of the positive comments one the mod and the suggestions on heat control. I will probably cut the top vent hole today and try to find the needle valve over the weekend.

    This is one of the few projects that went as smoothly as I had planned. Everything fit right the first time. Did use the "measure twice...cut once" method. Normally my luck is "measure once...cut twice...go back to store cuz I cut too much the second time." [​IMG]

    All tests were with all vents (top and bottom) all the way open. I re-seasoned it last night without the water pan. Temp held around 275 at lowest burner setting.

    I will not be using the cast iron skillet as planned. I put a couple of chunks on during the season and after an hour they still were not smoking. Wife had an old loaf pan that is now an honored piece of smoking equipment.
     
  20. greazy

    greazy Fire Starter

    I've experimented w turkey fryers and have had a problem w the turkey fryers being high pressure burners and the smokers/ side burners being low pressure burners. I did not try a needle valve. If you get this to work, please share your adventures w us.
     

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