ECB Air Damper for top?

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by howufiga, Jun 19, 2008.

  1. howufiga

    howufiga Meat Mopper

    Anyone add a cheap air damper to the top of an ECB? anyone know where I can get one? The ones I found on ebay were like $20. thanks!
     
  2. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Well, you can drill some quarter inch holes, the cover it with a small sheet of aluminum secured with a stainless steel screw and nut. that's what I did. As it swivels on the screw, it will either cover all the holes of just a certain amount of them depending on the position of the aluminum.
     
  3. howufiga

    howufiga Meat Mopper

    Yeah, I saw someone do it with a pie tin. I guess I'm just trying to be fancy! :p
     
  4. earache_my_eye

    earache_my_eye Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I did what Richtee said with a piece of roof flashing. It works just fine.....[​IMG]

    L8r,
    Eric
     
  5. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Where IS that post EME? I looked for it... you know? Post the guy a link?
     
  6. earache_my_eye

    earache_my_eye Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    OOPS.......My bad......meant to say, I did what Flash said...[​IMG]
     
  7. tn_bbq

    tn_bbq Smoking Fanatic

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  8. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That's it, though much prettier than mine [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  9. mulepackin

    mulepackin Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I just did mine out of some old duct sheet metal. Pop riveted them on.
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  10. crockadale

    crockadale Smoking Fanatic

    Binkmann must be reading the forums because the new ECBs come with a vent in the lid. $36.00 what the heck and you will have two.
     
  11. howufiga

    howufiga Meat Mopper

    Mulepackin, I like how you did yours.

    I'm not going to spend $36 on a lid when i can walk into a local Lowe's and buy a new one for $48. I'll have to look to see if it has the air dampers on the new ones they have in stock. I was hoping to find one for like $11 shipped.
     
  12. tn_bbq

    tn_bbq Smoking Fanatic

    Here's another suggestion.
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    Not sure if it would catch fire, but that's what aluminum foil is for...right?

    I think adding a ventilation hole to the firebox would be more beneficial. From my experience with the ECB, those things aren't sealed tight and have no problem with exhaust.

    The ECB can present issues with the ash build up in the coal pan. For that, some type of hole to allow the ashes to fall would be advisable. I have used a coal grate that fits the tiny Weber Smoky Joe with decent success.
     
  13. howufiga

    howufiga Meat Mopper

    Yeah, i added a charcoal grate some time ago. It made a HUGE difference. I just ordered the damper for the top. I forgot the top doesn't seal that great. oh well! Anyways, I have a plan for the ULTIMATE ECB. I'm waiting for parts to show up....stay tuned...pictures will be posted!!! [​IMG] lol
     
  14. mulepackin

    mulepackin Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I agree the top doesn't seal well at at all, but I want to control my air flow,so thats why I added them. I'm even considering adding a stove gasket at the flange where the lid meets the body to tighten things up. TN-BBQ, how are you suspending your charcoal grate off the bottom of the coal pan? I am using a Smoky Joe grate too, but it will fit tight against the bottom if I don't prop it up with something. I am just using a few pieces of angle now, but have considered adding some brackets or something an inch or so up, to set the grate on. I also added lots of holes to the pan for airflow and even more ash fall.
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  15. howufiga

    howufiga Meat Mopper

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