Just finished my ECB Mods

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by jclind1966, Mar 21, 2010.

  1. jclind1966

    jclind1966 Newbie

    Thermometer

    Top Vent


    Nut I made for bottom vent. Helps to have a lathe in your shop.



    Bottom Vent

    I used the self adheasive gasket for a Big green Egg rated to 1100 Deg

    Placing the top edge of the gasket at the top of the lip on the lid gives a great seal, and the gasket is easier to work with than the rope.
     
  2. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Those are some nice mods. That should help you out for sure.
     
  3. acemakr

    acemakr Smoking Fanatic

    JC, great job on the ECB Mods. I also added the extra vents (2 bottom, one top) and it helped 150% with temperature control. I also plugged up the hole in the bottom pan and added a weber 13 inch grate suspended by 4 S hooks to get the charcoal/wood chunks off the fire pan floor. That helped with a better burn. Wish I'd used the BGE gasket instead of the rope type - that mod lasted 3 or 4 smokes.

    I think you'll be surprised at how those few mods improve the ECB performance.

    Also, how about stopping by roll call and introduce yourself? Where your from, hobbies, etc.


    Gary
     
  4. jclind1966

    jclind1966 Newbie

    I did use a 13.5 inch weber charcoal grate in the bottom of the pan about an inch from the bottom, didn't list it as it seemed that is was a pretty standard mod.
     
  5. acemakr

    acemakr Smoking Fanatic

    Forgot to ask - you establish a 'first' smoke menu for your new ECB?
     
  6. jclind1966

    jclind1966 Newbie

    Finished the mods yesterday and ate ribs last night. I used a store bought rub and used pinapple juice in the water pan. Left the top vent open regulated temp with the bottom was able to hold it at 230 for 4 hours with out touching it. When the ribs came off I left it run to see how long a load would last and it didn't start to drop untill about 7 hours total burn time.
     
  7. acemakr

    acemakr Smoking Fanatic

    Nice - looks like you've got a great handle on the care and operation of the infamous ECB.
     
  8. how hot was it outside? and did you try running it befor the mods? I am interested to see how much of a differance it made.

    Steve
     
  9. gargra03

    gargra03 Fire Starter

    Did you buy a large or extra large big green egg gasket ?
     
  10. jclind1966

    jclind1966 Newbie

    I did not run it prior to the mods. It was in the mid 40's. I used the large gasket there was enough on the roll for 2 smokers.
     

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