just starting, but have a question

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by truebaca, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. truebaca

    truebaca Newbie

    hi I just put my brinkmann vertical smoker together. The instructions say I need to cure the smoker. I tried doing that today. I filled the bowl with charcoal, lit them, got them glowing pretty good. However, I could not get the temp above 150. Anyway I appreciate your help. Looking forward to smoking my first brisket and rack of ribs. I should say too Im in the north east and its slightly above freeing out right now, would that effect my temp?

  2. bandcollector

    bandcollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Welcome.........it could be that the factory temperature gauge is not registering accurately. Did you use a digital thermometer or were you using the one mounted on the smoker?
  3. mulepackin

    mulepackin Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Was there any wind blowing? That will suck the life right out of your smoker, just like us. Windbreaks, location, blankets can all help with that.
  4. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hello and welcome to the SMF. You've found the right place to learn and share about smoking and good Q.
  5. fired up

    fired up Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Welcome to SMF!
  6. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the forum. Glad to have you aboard.
  7. irishteabear

    irishteabear Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF. You'll find tons of information and lots of helpful people here. [​IMG]
  8. truebaca

    truebaca Newbie

    thanks everybody. Im going to give my smoker another test run this weekend. hopefuly it wont be a windy, and maybe i can get my temp up too.
  9. ol' smokey

    ol' smokey Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

  10. azrocker

    azrocker Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    When I had a brinkman I had to drill some holes in the pan to get better draft. I bought mine used so it might have been a different setup etc. Just make sue the coals can draft well.
  11. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Azrocker beat me to it. [​IMG] Holes in the coal pan will help a lot.

    Welcome to the forum and congratulations on your new smoker!
  12. crusty ol salt

    crusty ol salt Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    welcome aboard, i hope you are getting the help you need. but i need to clarify some thing...

    are you asking about a brinkmann vertical or a brinkmann smokin' grill? it you are talking a true brinkmann vertical that sorta looks like my gosm vertical shown here

    Here it is shown with a couple of brisket and the bowl filled with water the charcaol is burning below

    i have help with my charcaol burn by turn a veggie wok into a charcoal bin that set into the factory charcoal box.

    here is a pic with the water bowl filled with sand

    If you need some help please ask and here are a couple more thread to look at
    mods to charcoal bin

    water to sand switch
  13. truebaca

    truebaca Newbie

    My smoker is a $60 brinkmann vertical. It looks a lot like the GOSM but it has two doors. One for meat access, one for charcoal and water access. from the sounds of things, I should drill a bunch of holes in my charcoal pan to get better draft. I will do that tonight. I also read I should drill holes in the top. Is that necessary with the vents already on the sides? Thanks everybody for all your help. Your making me feel more confident going forward.
  14. grothe

    grothe Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF truebaca....should be fine with the side vents at the top

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