My latest mod for the ECB- AKA Charcoal to Propane and back.

Discussion in 'ECB Owners Group' started by bobank03, Aug 6, 2013.

  1. bobank03

    bobank03 Smoking Fanatic

    So guys, I may have crossed the line here but I had to do something for those long cooks. The thought of cooking a decent sized Boston Butt on my ECB and charcoal was giving me nightmares. I have cooked many different foods on my ECB but never more than 3 or 4 hours worth. 

    I have been looking at both the Afterburner V LP ECB conversion kit and on You Tube there is a pretty sweet video a guy made about using the Brinknmann Outdoor Cooker Stand Mdl # 815-4005-S and setting the ECB over it. 

    The Afterburner is pretty impressive in that it seals up the bottom of the ECB. You have to remove the legs completely to use it and I really didn't want to hack up the pan so I could get it on around the legs, so I decided on the Brinkmann mod. The prices are similar, but a commenter on the You Tube video suggested adding a piece of 10 inch vent pipe to keep the wind from getting to the flame. So I bought the vent pipe too, making the price difference only a few bucks. 

    There is another reason besides the removal of the legs. Although leaving the legs on makes it simple to swap back to charcoal at any given moment... like if I'm running out of propane. The other reason is the burner can be used for other things, like boiling a lobster pot or cooking up some brew or using it as a side burner while tailgating or whatever I just think it is more versatile. 

    I will let you know. Mine arrives on Friday. Just in time to play with over the weekend. 

    Here is the embeded video:

    Last edited: Aug 9, 2013
  2. mike65

    mike65 Meat Mopper

    Way to go Bob !   I'm going to my friends house this Saturday to size my ECB to his Turkey Burner.  I'm sure this new mod will cut back on charcoal and you wont have to keep going back to check the temp as much.
  3. mike65

    mike65 Meat Mopper

    Here is the video link to what Bob is doing. 
  4. bobank03

    bobank03 Smoking Fanatic

    My newest mod showed up via UPS a few minutes ago.


    It's raining here in MA so I think I will go ahead and put it together. Not a lot of parts. 
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  5. bobank03

    bobank03 Smoking Fanatic

    Got it put together. I will tinker with it some more tomorrow. 
  6. mike65

    mike65 Meat Mopper

    Please provide pics
  7. bobank03

    bobank03 Smoking Fanatic

    Hey Mike I was gonna bring the ECB in the house to test it out and take a pic but my wife put the brakes on...of well tomorrow is another day.
  8. mike65

    mike65 Meat Mopper

    Bummer!   Can't wait to see it in action.  When you fire it up tomorrow see how low you can get the temp without the flame going out.  
  9. bobank03

    bobank03 Smoking Fanatic

    I am certainly going to do that.I look forward to playing with it tomorrow. I may have to throw something on so I'm not wasting smoke!
  10. hardwater

    hardwater Smoke Blower

    Great idea!

    Hmmmm, I wonder if my home depot has any on hand...

    You think I could fry fish on one of those?
  11. bobank03

    bobank03 Smoking Fanatic

    My local HD didn't have it available, so I had it shipped. Only took a couple of days to get here. Seems to me it shipped out of Memphis. 
  12. bobank03

    bobank03 Smoking Fanatic

    I went out and bought a new 20 lb LP tank, cause my other one was due to expire and it was looking pretty nasty. I went to test fit the ECB onto the burner and I found right away that the four small heat shields that stick out to the sides were in the way of the legs. So I'm gonna look at this again. In the video, the fellow has removed his shields, but I think I'm gonna turn mine upside down and bend them down so that the protect from the wind. 
  13. mike65

    mike65 Meat Mopper

    Bob,  Are your legs still on the outside of the ECB?  I think legs will need to placed back on the inside for the ECB to fit on the burner.
  14. bobank03

    bobank03 Smoking Fanatic

    It works fine with the legs on the outside. The only issue I am having is when I try to go below 240. Almost impossible to keep it lit. I tented it in with some foil and that helps. I took some pics and I will post them when my p,ork tenderloin is done. Getting close at 133 right now. It is 2:30pm as I look at the maverick.
  15. bobank03

    bobank03 Smoking Fanatic

    ECB Mounted on the Brinkmann gas burner with aluminum foil tent around the outside to try and keep flame lit. (I also ordered a 12 inch piece of 10" ducting to use as a wind screen around the burner. When I get that I will be sure to follow up with how I used it. 

    I also decided to remove all of the heat shields. I still might try and think of another way to use them, like filling up the empty space in my recycling bin... I'm kidding but that might be where they end up. 

    Managing 250-260 no problem.

    maverick hanging on a screw out of the side of my shed. So yes, the shed is a Maverick Transmitter Holder. How are you using yours? 

    Side view of the ECB/ propane mod running. 


    Took the pork tenderloin off the ECB at 142, chopped up half and dumped into the chili I'm making and sliced up the other half and froze them, couple slices at a time. Those two slices on the lower right side of the cutting board didn't make it into the bowl or into the freezer. Very moist and tasty. The rub is chili powder, garlic powder and cajun seasoning. 
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2013
  16. bobank03

    bobank03 Smoking Fanatic

    The bliss I was feeling ended around 5pm. I noticed that the temps kept dropping off. I would go back out and look and the flame was ok, so I turned it up a notch and again a few minutes later the temps started slipping. I'm talking major too. From 250 ish to 215-220. So the next time the temps started to slip, I took a close look and found that I had flames in the air opening part of the burner opposite of where the supply line connects to the burner. 

    This is the burner and supply hose assembly. the hse end ( #4) Connects to the burner assembly at the air and gas intake (#3)

    Here is a closer pic on the entire assembly. the center hole is where the gas feed line attaches.

    Here is a close up. The two slots are where the air comes into the burner assembly. It was inside these slots that I saw the flames. 

    I have filed a tech support request with Brinkmann due to this issue. I checked the burner assembly before I used it to be sure there were no obstructions and I can't imagine that something obstructed it while it was burning? 

    I don't know. I had to take the chili off the ECB and finish it on the stove. It needs to be reheated again and then into the freezer! I had a bowl and a half, very tasty! 
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2013
  17. mike65

    mike65 Meat Mopper

    Bob,  Do you enjoy the new mod?  
  18. bobank03

    bobank03 Smoking Fanatic

    Actually Mike I'm not very happy with the way it ended. It was good except I had to relight it about 10 times but mainly cause I was trying to run it low as I could.
  19. raspy87

    raspy87 Fire Starter

    I use a burner for brewing and initially I had issues keeping a good flame with out seeing it I'd advise choking the air inlet to a slither You're trying to achieve a blue flame (chemistry class Bunsen burner) that's your hottest most stable flame.
  20. mike65

    mike65 Meat Mopper

    I have been asked to smoke a Brisquett on the ECB. Has anyone tried yet and what was the challenge?

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