ECB propane swap...welcome to the dark side

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by rld, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. rld

    rld Newbie

    Well after fussing with the temp fluctuations and wanting the ability to have a more hands off approach, I ordered an Afterburner for my ECB Gourmet smoker.
    Here's the unit with a hole added through my base pan for a nice fit.


    The body sits nice on top.

    Smoke can and a few woods to try...

    Let the smokin' begin! Just a 5 lb butt for the first run.


    2 hrs. into the smoke and the temp doesn't move from 230.
    Works just as I had hoped.

    Bone falls out...

    It was good!
    All in all I like the conversion and I can always use charcoal if I want.
  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Very nice mod and some good looking results [​IMG]
  3. gnubee

    gnubee Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice looking unit for sure. Nice looking Q too.
  4. grothe

    grothe Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Real nice!![​IMG]
  5. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Good Job, Looks like it works good too...
  6. bigsteve

    bigsteve Master of the Pit

    Have you figured out yet how long a tank of propane lasts? Or does the paperwork mention it? How much does the afterburner cost?

    Was it set and forget? How long was the smoke in the picture?

    Sorry for so many questions. I bought a Smokenator for my weber kettle, and hardly touch the gourmet now. Thinking this might be a good addition for shorter smokes.

    It doesn't look like it lends itself to grilling. What do you think?
  7. fired up

    fired up Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Nice mod, hope it works well for you.
  8. rld

    rld Newbie

    Thanks guys.[​IMG]

    Hey Steve,
    Not sure about the rate of gas usage.
    I know I barely had the valve open, 1/4 turn from off and that was all I needed for the temp to stay in the zone, so it really was set and forget.
    About $80 with 2 bags of wood and shipping from AL to WA.
    I used about 4 chunks of wood and it smoked for over 2 hrs.
    There's better options for grilling. Its just a round flame like a burner on a stove. Now if you want to deep fry a turkey, you're ready!
  9. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice job! It will be nice to have the charcoal/gas option for yourself.
  10. bigsteve

    bigsteve Master of the Pit

    Anyone know of different brands? All I can find is afterburner, and they don't seem interested in answering my emails. A google search isn't returning anything with relevance.
  11. rld

    rld Newbie

    Must just be an email mix up cause Ed is a real nice guy and he'll talk your ear off if you let him. [​IMG]

    Call Ed @ 1-800-865-5353
  12. bigsteve

    bigsteve Master of the Pit

    I'll give him another shot, only because you think so highly of him.

    I know he's a little guy, but one thing that torques me is when a company goes through all the trouble of making a nice web page, with email links, and they never look at the email.
  13. rld

    rld Newbie

    Yeah...give him another chance.[​IMG]

    I just used it again this morning.
    Started a grill of country style ribs at 6:00AM.
    When I foiled them 2 hrs later I put in a layer of chicken thighs on the other grate.
    2hrs later, unfoiled the ribs and brushed everything with a light layer of sauce.
    45min. later my lunch guests were at my mercy. [​IMG]

    the Afterburners a great product and I hardly touched the valve during the whole smoke.
    That's what I'm talkin bout!
  14. bigsteve

    bigsteve Master of the Pit

    I went ahead and ordered one for my Gourmet. Since I've been using my kettle and smokenator, I don't use the Brinkman. This way, maybe I'll get a little use out of the Brinkman, and will be able to be up and running fast when time is short, like weekdays after work.

    If he ships tomorrow, I'll have it Friday to make some ABTs after work.

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