Modifying My Brinkman

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by ga pine needle, Dec 8, 2009.

  1. After my inital smoke I realized the fire box had to be enhanched! I followed the info available from the members who are so gracious to share and I now have a smoker that responds quickly to air flow adjustments and burns oh so much more efficient! (I already had the exhaust lowered)

    Only tools required!

    Two pieces of 1" angle, cut to 12" legnth expanded metal 13ga and a piece of 16 ga sheet metal.

    The 12" pieces of angle raised my fire grate up to a perfect height!

    Thought about this,,,

    But I decided on this.

    Burns GREAT!

    I smoked Pork Loin, Bologna, Bacon, Sweet Potatoes, ABT's and Dutch's beans Q View will be posted in the"PorK" section.
  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Great job on the mods and food looks awesome [​IMG]
  3. Thanks piney!
  4. raceyb

    raceyb Smoking Fanatic

    The firebox mod looks professional and well done in my own opinion. I also like your Qview. [​IMG]
  5. k5yac

    k5yac Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    There ya go! Those mods look great! I performed similar mods to mine a while back and they turned my mediocre pit into a reliable and predictable smoking machine.

    Hope you enjoy it! [​IMG]
  6. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    nice handywork!
  7. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The Food Looks Great...[​IMG]

    Congratulations on the modifications...[​IMG]
  8. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great job on your mods and the food looks awesome too.[​IMG]
  9. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The level of the charcoal grate it comes with is absurdly low, that was the first mod I had to have done to my sNp because I was tired of scraping out ashes 3-4 times during a long smoke.
    Saw the other post with the food, everything looked great!
    Love Dutch's beans and I don't like baked beans at all but his, can't get enough of them!
  10. thadoc

    thadoc Smoke Blower

    Great job on the mods, I have the exact same smoker, I too found that the fire pit grate was way too low and did the mod to raise it up! I am now working on the mod for the inside of the cooking chamber! Do you think if you notched out the metal tray that is on the bottom of the adjustable grate and slide it over the fire pit hole that it would work just as good? I want to be able to keep that adjustable grate so I can put my water pan on it. I was also going to line the bottom of the cooking chamber with fire bricks so the heat would be fairly even across the cooking chamber. Let me know what you think! Thanks! keep up the good mods and great Q-views.[​IMG]
  11. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hey great job on your firebox mod! Well done. We all appreciate new techniques for SnP improvements!
  12. Thanks for the kind words!
    I don't know about notching out the adjustable grate and using it as a tuning plate, I don't think it's wide enough to cover the inlet from the fire box and be very effective. I was very pleased with how even mine cooked with that one plate over the fire box hole. It is a pretty inexpensive mod, I picked up a piece of 8" x 24" 16 ga at Tractor Supply for 8 or 9 bucks, cut it to a legnth of 15 1/2" and it worked perfect. Based on my one smoke results I would suggest giving this a try, I loaded it pretty heavy and I had outside temps around 38* for the entire day. Let us know what you do and what your results are. [​IMG]
  13. I agree completely, it's hard to understand why Brinkman would allow such a issue to exist. But then I don't ever plan to cook in the fire box and I guess the market the thing with that option, it might even cook well in there but for my use it's a fire box. [​IMG] Yep, them Dutch's beans are some kind of fine!
  14. Thanks Rivet! The mods that people come up with are both fun to do and rewarding.
  15. Thanks Raceb!
  16. Thanks K5YAC! I am very impressed with the effect of such simple mods.
  17. Thank you Chef!
  18. Thanks! The food turned out great. I'm very pleased with the mods.
  19. Thank you very much! Any pics of your Makers Mark?
  20. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hey Needle, question for you. With the angle iron in the firebox. Did you weld that in? If not how did you get it to stay put?

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