I just hope I don't burn down my house...

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by deffy, Jul 7, 2013.

  1. deffy

    deffy Newbie

    A week ago I was given a new Brinkman Dual Fuel Grill and today received the offset firebox attachment for smoking.

    I've used a propane grill before but the charcoal side and the smoker are rather new.  There are no good instructions on how to use the firebox properly.  I have the grill, a large bag of lump charcoal, a chimney and some basic tools.  I gather I will also need some temperature probes right?

    Are there any detailed instructions on how to load and use the charcoal/smoker side of the grill?  Will I run into issues if I try to use both the propane side and the charcoal/smoker at the same time in regards to heat?

  2. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    :welcome1: to SMF!!! We're happy you found us! You've come to the right place, we have over 50,000 members who just love to share their experience and over 1,000,000 posts describing it! Yea that’s right over 1,000,000!

    The search bar at the top can be your best friend when you are trying to find answers to your questions but you can still ask too if you want!

    We have an Articles section that is full of great information about smoking to include a lot of recipes and instructionals. Check it out there is a lot to learn in there!

    Would you do us a favor and add your location to your profile, it helps others to know where you are when they offer advice, Thanks!

    You might want to check out Jeff's Free 5 day E-Course, it will teach you all the basics plus a whole lot more!

    I wouldn't use the propane and charcoal at the same time, if you were to have a flame out on the propane side and didn't notice it then had some embers from the charcoal find their way over there....well I think you know where I'm going with this........BOOM!
  3. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hi Deffy

    Lets not use both charcoal and gas at the same time. The gas side is used for grilling.  You will use the charcoal side to slow cook barbecue or smoke your meats. Also there are safety issues using both.  I would recommend a temperature probe. Look for a dual probe unit that measures  the heat of your smoker and the temperature of the meat you are cooking (Called a dual probe unit). I have a Maverick temp probe and you will see good reviews on it in the equipment section of this site.

    All the information you need to load, fire, and maintain your unit are right on this site.  If you have questions just ask. Lots of folks here to help you.


    Last edited: Jul 7, 2013
  4. so ms smoker

    so ms smoker Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

      Hi Deffy. Sounds as though you are new to smoking. Check out Jeff's 5 day-course. This will get you started with the basic knowledge. Then ask away with your questions. Please update your profile with your location. (If you are close by I will be glad to stop by and help you out!)

  5. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Welcome to the forums!  Glad you've joined us.  You've found a great place to learn and share ideas on our favorite pastimes...grilling, smoking, and curing great food!  There are lots of friendly and knowledgeable folks here who really enjoy helping one another.  Just ask any time you need help and you'll get plenty!

  6. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    [​IMG] to SMF!  We are so glad you joined us!

    If you didn't read the Terms of Service notes.....please do.  There are a few things that everyone should know about those pesky little rules before plunging into the forums. Rule #11......"Off Site Links are not allowed here at SMF" is something new. There are other simple guidelines for all of us to remember as we interact here.

    If you need any help roaming around here in SMF....just give me a shout.  Happy to help any time!


Share This Page