New Smoker Assembled...Next Step?

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by smokinwoodside, Aug 27, 2009.

  1. Greetings folks. Perhaps you can help. I just finished assembling a new Brinkmann side pit charcoal smoker. For the last smoker I had, I ignited a decent size mound of charcoal in the main body as well as the side pit to melt the glue and "condition the metal," as I was told. Is this the best method? Any help or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!
  2. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yes this si right, burn it hot for several hours, use wood too if you can and you'll be good to go.

    Is this a Smoke N' Pit? If it is, the next thing you need to do is to go to Ace Hardware and get a new set of real wheels to replace thee plastic ones! [​IMG]
  3. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I don't know if I would burn coals in the main chamber. The rest sounds right.
  4. coyote-1

    coyote-1 Smoking Fanatic

    Why not? It can't hurt. And without doing so, you won't get the temps required to burn off manufacturing residue. It IS steel - certainly it can handle one 3-hour burn.
  5. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Seems to me it would be a bear to clean out. The OP should be able to get plenty of heat just using the fire box.
  6. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I would spray down the inside with Pam as well then light her up! This will season it for you.
  7. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    The one I have which sounds like the one he may have has a removable charcoal grate that runs down the center of the main chamber for grilling.

  8. bman62526

    bman62526 Smoking Fanatic

    I have a pretty good size offset, and I sprayed down the inside of the entier smoker with PAM (firebox and all) plus I sprayed the OUTSIDE of the firebox...seemed to really seal in the pain and I didn't lose the paint on the firebox after just a few smokes, like what's happened to others that have reported here...

    I also agree with Rick that it's not necessary to start a fire inside the smoking chamber - weather it hurts or not isn't really the question...meaning, I don't know 100% one way or the other.

    To season mine, I did a burn for about 7 - 8 hours, maintaining 250° for the first 4 hours, and then getting it up to 300 for the last few.
  9. I think that spraying it inside and out is a great idea. This time we'll probably get a cover for it to help preserve the condition as well. Happy Smoking :)
  10. nate_46

    nate_46 Meat Mopper

    I can remember when I finished putting together my SNP, I was burning within 30 minutes. It took a while to season, but it was fun playing in the fire [​IMG]. You have been given a lot of good advice, hope everything goes well. Just remember have fun with it!
  11. So you maintained a constant fire in the SP for up to 8 hours? Sounds like a good day ;) I am in the process of doing all of this now.

    The discoloring happened to my last smoker after using it only a couple times as well. It was a Chargriller. Good smoker but couldn't hold the temp very long and required me to keep a constant vigil over it. Not that I'm complaining. It's always a great way to spend a day or 2. She burned through the wood and coals quickly though. I don't want to make the same mistake with my new Brinkmann.
  12. Sorry I'm late with these replies. Work has been a killer this week during the day (I'm supposed to be working now but am too psyched to get my smoke on). All I want to do smoke some meat dammit! Can't wait for Labor Day weekend. I'm gonna try to get in 3 days of ribs and a couple shoulders. Anyone else smoking this weekend or next? If so, what's going on the racks?
  13. dropastone

    dropastone Fire Starter

    If you haven't already done so I think it would perfectly fine to start a fire in the main chamber to season it. Seeing that it was designed for that anyway. If I'm correct you can grill and smoke on that model so I don't see any harm in it.

    As for what's going on the smoker this weekend. Unfortunately I'm going out of town this weekend on trip that I really don't want to go on but I have to go. [​IMG]

    Hey good luck with your new toy.
  14. Thanks Dropastone. I'll throw an extra rack of ribs on for ya pal [​IMG]
  15. dropastone

    dropastone Fire Starter

    Anytime. I'm gonna hold you to that rack of ribs.[​IMG]
  16. chicagochris

    chicagochris Fire Starter

    This weekend (few friends coming over): ABTs, Butt, my great uncle Joe's bean recipe on the smoker. Burgers & Dogs & Veggies on the grill.

    Next weekend (big family get together): Ribs, another Butt, Chicken, sausage, & more of Joe's beans, maybe some sort of hot wings on the smoker. Probably some more ABTs, too. Burgers, dogs, corn, on the grill.

    I will be firing things up early the two Saturdays in a row!
  17. dropastone

    dropastone Fire Starter

    To bad I'm traveling east or would be coming to your house this weekend!

  18. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Although it very well would not hurt the smoker to burn some charcoal in the main chamber I see no good reason for it. Unless you will be using as a full time grill also. I wouldn't dirty up the main chamber for no particular reason. Just my opinion.

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