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equium



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21 14 8:23 am    Post subject: ECB initial burn in Reply with quote

Hi Everyone. newbie here.
I received a Brinkman Gourmet bullet smoker as a 10 year anniversary gift from my company.
I was oringally going to go with a propane or electric smoker, but free is free.
I performed the following ECB mods:
2 dampers on bottom
1 damper on top
raised charcoal grate for ashes to fall through.
Added thermometer just above the side access panel.
fiberglass rope insulation on lid.

I just completed a run-through burn with no food. I'm a bit concerned about the data I recorded.

Start charcoal with Minion Method using Cheap Safeway brand charcoal.
Both Bottom dampers closed. Top Damper at 1/2 open
15 minutes=250 degrees
30 = 275
45 = 375
closed top damper at 45 minutes
1hr = 375
1:15 = 380
1:30 = 375
1:45 = 365
2hr = 350
2:15 = 340
2:30 = 310

at this point the charcoal is almost gone. I probably should have used more, but this was just the initial burn-in.
Needless to say, I'd like the ability to attain lower temps.
I did not seal off the smokers original vent hole in the bottom.
Should I have sealed it off?

I'm very excited to get into smoking. Any advice on my ECB would be appreciated.
thanks everyone
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necron 99
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Location: San Antonio, TX

PostPosted: Mon Jul 21 14 10:03 am    Post subject: Re: ECB initial burn in Reply with quote

equium wrote:
I did not seal off the smokers original vent hole in the bottom.
Should I have sealed it off?


IMO yes - your data indicates to me you won't have effective control otherwise.

You may be interested in this thread in the "Cookers Stickys" section.

http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=27234
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21 14 9:55 pm    Post subject: Re: ECB initial burn in Reply with quote

necron 99 wrote:
equium wrote:
I did not seal off the smokers original vent hole in the bottom.
Should I have sealed it off?


IMO yes - your data indicates to me you won't have effective control otherwise.

You may be interested in this thread in the "Cookers Stickys" section.

http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=27234

Thanks Necron.
I got a lot of my info from that site, but I must have missed the part about sealing the original hole.
I also screwed up the fiberglass rope by pulling it too tight and it got too thin. The only way to seal the lid was to force the lid into the base. I'm either going to remove it and start over, or glue a second layer on it.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22 14 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, day_trippr's site shows

"And while I was at it, I cut a scrap piece of the aluminum sheet to cover up the original intake hole, and used a pair of pop-rivets to hold the cover in place."

I went through 3 Brinkmann Gourmet / Cook'n Cajun smokers in my formative years but I enjoy the control my BBQ Pro bullet smoker gives me, for a vertical smoker design.

I'm sure your mods will work fine once they're finished! like you said, you can't beat free! Cool
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