Brinkman trailmaster vertical

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by c farmer, Dec 25, 2015.

  1. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    So today I was allowed to open it.



    Went together great. Instructions were easy to follow.



    Started 3/4 chimney on bbq, once burning good I dumped into the FB and added a split of oak.



    Thick smoke for a bit but not bad.



    Then it thinned out once around 225.



    Been running just wood.




    Everyone says about how bad they leak, mine is sealed tight. Easy to control temps. The therm is way off, am using my mav. Very pleased with this smoker.

    Only thing I will do is add a hot plate to smoked my cured meats and sausage later on.

    Also make a charcoal basket.

    Might throw some meat on it tomorrow
     
    Last edited: Dec 25, 2015
  2. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Quick question?

    Is using splits any different than chunks? I use chunks in my WSM & I've always been told to not let the chunks catch fire, just kinda smolder? The fire would cause extreme heat & a bitter taste from the white smoke?

    Other than that, NICE SMOKER CONGRATULATIONS!!
     
  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looking good Adam! What's your first smoke going to be????
     
  4. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Got me a bird out for tomorrow Case.
     
  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I'll be keeping my eyes peeled!
     
  6. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Awesome Adam, looks great... Be lookin for your bird smoke tomorrow ! Thumbs Up
     
  7. gixxerfrk

    gixxerfrk Smoke Blower

    That's awesome! I just got one recently as well. I ran royal oak lump all weekend for my first cook(s) and I am looking forward to getting a load of wood soon as that thing sucks down charcoal something fierce. I was even running a basket and it still burned a lot. Went through 26 lbs on a 14 hour smoke.
     
  8. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It's not easy on wood either.

    I used 8 splits in 3 hours
     
  9. hardcookin

    hardcookin Master of the Pit

    Glad to see you got your smoker up and running. Was just wondering what temp did it like to run at?
    ENJOY!!
     
  10. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It run 250-275 nice. I could go higher or lower thou.

    Another run coming tomorrow.
     
  11. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sweet! So, she made you wait the whole time? I'd have been foaming at the mouth!

    Looking forward to the first smoke!

    Oh yeah, now you can hang some stuff as well.
     
  12. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    She wanted me to wait, so I did.

    It has sausage hooks on the top of it. Will get pics tomorrow of them.
     
  13. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thumbs Up
     
  14. gixxerfrk

    gixxerfrk Smoke Blower

    That's a good bit but probably still much cheaper than charcoal. Good to know what to expect. I can get a truckload of oak for less than $100 and a truckload of fruitwood for about $200. 16lbs of lump charcoal costs me $15 and a big bag of chunks is about $25. I can get about 24 hours of smoke time on 4 bags of charcoal and 1 bag of chunks so I think I'll save money with wood.
     
  15. hardcookin

    hardcookin Master of the Pit

    A
    Actually that's about average for wood use. I figure 2 splits when I start my fire and usually a split about every half hour.
    250-275 that's pretty nice temp Thumbs Up. I just usually let my offset run where it's comfortable which is around 275.
    Excited to see your bird cook today!
     
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2015
  16. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That's a really nice looking rig, Adam. I agree with hardcookin on the wood consumption. I use about 2 chimneys of RO lump to begin with in my offset to get it up to temp and establish a good bed of coals. After that, it's about 2 splits an hour. My cooker likes to run about 260-275* with everything wide open and the temp maintained by the fire.

    Good luck and keep on smokin', Joe
     
  17. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  18. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    A nice looking rig for sure Adam.  I love my stick burner.  But as you said about yours, it's not easy on wood. I burned more than expected on my first few smokes.  

    While I'm still learning on the thing, I'm thinking that the wood I've been using may be over seasoned.  Too dang dry,,,  I've just been using some of the dead wood that I cut or pick up around the property and cutting int to length with a chainsaw.

    I've got some oak I need to clear. I may cut it and give it a proper seasoning just to see if it burns longer. 

    Any who...  I like your smoker a lot! b
     
  19. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks B.

    I have this wood sitting beside my coal stove, maybe it's to dry?

    I have some still in the woods, cut 2 years ago
     

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