Most Obvvious ECB Mod

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by mulepackin, Aug 8, 2008.

  1. mulepackin

    mulepackin Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    This has to have been brought up before, but I've not seen it. It hit me out of the blue today while contemplating a brisket smoke on my ECB. I think having a second modded up charcoal pan would be the best way to deal with the inevitable charcoal problems that arise with the ECB. That way, as your pan in use is dying down and heat starts to drop, but it is full of ash, despite your mods, you can have a second, ready to go with fresh hot coals. Pick the ECB up off of the first pan and set down on over the new pan. Minimal heat loss and just keep on going. Then, when the first one is cooled enough, dump the ashes and get it ready for the next switch. Every time I come up with an idea for it, I kick myself for getting rid of the old single grill one I used to have[​IMG].
  2. earache_my_eye

    earache_my_eye Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    That's a great idea, mule!! You know, they sell replacement parts at Brinkmann's website....I've thought about getting another charcoal basket so I could cut my old one up and use the ring to make a double-stacked ecb....maybe someday....[​IMG]

    Here's a link to the replacement parts page for charcoal grills/smokers....

    Just find your smoker's model and it'll list all the parts they offer for them.

  3. camocook

    camocook Meat Mopper

    Good Idea.I made a basket with heavy screen with 1/4" square holes. four 2" bolts with large washers for legs.My first couple batches of coals go in the pan.Then I use the basket to keep the additional coals out of the ash.
  4. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    good idea mule..........but i always just grab the fire pan...........take it to the back yard, and do like panning for gold...........move it around in a circular motion, with the added holes i added to the fire pan, the ash mostly "washes" out
  5. pinkmeat

    pinkmeat Smoking Fanatic

    you mean like having two charcoal grilling woks?

    edit-- not the vertical model obviously...
  6. glenn_s

    glenn_s Newbie

    I actually built a double stacked ecb this year. I used the lid from one as a burn pan, with a drilled charcoal pan inserted and grate on top. I have now removed the grate and built a charcoal basket from expanded metal.

    I have 3 racks total and typically use the lowest one to hold a couple of bricks to hold the temps at about 235-250 consistently.

    Here are some pics...




  7. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    looks good Glen........RichT and I do dble stack ecbs ourselves. I do em when i smoke my homemade summer sausages.........
  8. tasunkawitko

    tasunkawitko Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    glenn -

    good pictures and good idea. do you have the procedure mapped out in a post anywhere?

    a couple of questions -

    it looks like this will take four loads of food, correct? do you need one waterpan or two? are the stacked smokers sturdy, or do you connect them with anything.

    i just might have access to an extra ecb and might give this a try. if you ahve the procedure mapped out on a post, with tools, equipment hardware needed etc., i'd be grqateful for the link.

    thanks -

  9. goobi99

    goobi99 Meat Mopper

    i might be interested in the same info....double ecb...why didnt i think of that.......
  10. waysideranch

    waysideranch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Goobi, because guys like us worry about the beers being cold. Beer before smoke. LOL.

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