ecb base mods

Discussion in 'UK Smokers' started by engineman, Jul 21, 2014.

  1. finally found the time to start the "pre use" mods on my new gourmet ecb.

    i have started at the bottom, so this post is about modding the base.

    none of the mods are my ideas, they are from different sites around the internet, but i have

    added my own tweaks to them.

    i have always thought that the gourmet was a bit low, and looked top heavy, so i have added some legs, with a wider  base. found some ally strips, 50mm x 4mm, and with a bit of "suck it and see", i managed to fabricate the legs using my stand drill table and a hole saw to bend them around.





    i got some stainless steel button head bolts from screwfix, and the result is very stable and level



    added a pair of aga handles, which i got of ebay,


    next, was the draft control.

    couldnt quite understand why most folks go to the effort of adding 2 to 3 weber vents,

    when there is already a vent hole in the base.

    so after a few calculations (back to school!!), i worked out that 1 weber vent supplies 1.3 sq " of air .

    i increased the size of the original vent hole to 2 1/4" diameter, which delivers 4 sq" of air flow,

    equivalent to 3 weber vents.


    next was to design a draught control.

    after a bit of trial and error, and 3 attempts, i finally got it right






    thats the base sorted, so the next post can only go upwards
     
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2014
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  2. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for the detailed post with photos. I think you should license your design back to them [​IMG]. Looking forward to hearing whether they did the trick.
     
  3.  Hello.

    "next, was the draft control.

    couldnt quite understand why most folks go to the effort of adding 2 to 3 weber vents,

    when there is already a vent hole in the base.

    so after a few calculations (back to school!!), i worked out that 1 weber vent supplies 1.3 sq " of air .

    i increased the size of the original vent hole to 2 1/4" diameter, which delivers 4 sq" of air flow,

    equivalent to 3 weber vents."

    I DO hope you are right.  As I said before, air flow in the right direction.

    You do some REALLY fine work.  Can see you are a man who knows his way around tools.  LOVE that draft control.  REALLY great work there.  Hope all works as you hope.  Keep Smokin! Danny
     

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