Need air damper on the top

Discussion in 'ECB Owners Group' started by bigeateruk, Jul 18, 2014.

  1. Am doing a smoke this weekend and need some advice. Have not fitted an air damper on the lid nor blocked off the gap around the lid. Was thinking of filling part of the gap with tin foil but leaving a space to allow some smoke out to avoid making the food taste acrid. Any suggestions about any issues with this or ideas about how much space I should leave? Was thinking of filling 2/3rds of the gap and leaving a space for a third of it?

    Thanks in advance
  2. bobank03

    bobank03 Smoking Fanatic

    hey @BigeaterUK

    If you have a way to drill holes in your lid, do that and then foil the entire lid/body opening. If not I think foiling 2/3rd and leaving a third open will work ok. 
  3. thinblueduke

    thinblueduke Meat Mopper

    I haven't tried the foil around the lid.  If you have a rope sitting around somewhere, you might want to give this a shot:

    It works quite well for me.
  4. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    As it s the smoke swirls through the lid and exits the gap. It's designed that way. You'll lose more heat through a damper in the lid than you will through the gap. Put a raised grate in the bottom of your coal pan and you'll generate plenty of heat.
  5. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    If you have no damper, you need that gap to get rid of the old smoke. My ECB was the original design (I liked it much better than the new one) but it had no damper. Smoke still came out some from under the lid, but I drilled several 3/8th inch hole in a triangle pattern, then one at a corner I could mount a screw and nut and a piece of aluminum. I could move the aluminum over all or some of the damper holes to cut off or release the smoke as needed.

    Last edited: Jul 19, 2014
  6. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I would recommend you not mess with the lid rim unless you have the top vent installed.

    These were designed to leak around the lid rather than with a damper.

    Not the greatest design, but it did work with a little practice.

    Careful inspection of a WSM will point you in the right direction for the mods you are considering.

    Good luck and good smoking.
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2014

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