Picked up my New Smokers today!

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by thebigman65, Apr 4, 2015.

  1. thebigman65

    thebigman65 Fire Starter

    Picked up a Brinkmann Trailmaster Vertical Smoker today at BPS (they finally had them in!).  So stoked! (see what I did there...lol)

    Gonna do some mods, gaskets, charcoal basket etc.  Thinking about a Stoker too.  Not sure which one?.....any suggestions?

    I will post pics when I start to put it all together!

    Fraser
     
  2. rmmurray

    rmmurray Master of the Pit

    Congratulations my friend! I'm "stoked" for you! Check out the IQ. Those seem to be pretty hot right now. I'm sure someone else in the know will know something better, but from my understanding the IQ is a good one. Get to the mods and definitely a charcoal basket and let's see some pics. Here's my basket for the mini WSM. It's nothing fancy, but it does the job.
     
  3. thebigman65

    thebigman65 Fire Starter

    Well, between work and a well deserved vacation to the mrs and I, the smoker was put on the back burner for a bit.  This weekend is a long weekend for us so I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to get this project started.  Went to my local BBQ store and got all the stuff i needed.  I picked up the Digi Q.  Seems like a pretty good option and looks very well made.

    I will post some pics of the build as I go along and hopefully not too many questions! [​IMG]

    Looking forward to maybe even getting a rack of baby backs going! [​IMG]
     
  4. rmmurray

    rmmurray Master of the Pit

    :popcorn
     
  5. thebigman65

    thebigman65 Fire Starter

    So today was the day!.....finally had the time to get this done!.....lets get this box open first!


     
    Last edited: May 17, 2015
  6. thebigman65

    thebigman65 Fire Starter

    I have been reading the threads onthis smoker and all the mods the members are doing.  I was really surprise to find these!


    They must have done some modifications to their design....it now comes with built in clamps!
     
    Last edited: May 17, 2015
  7. rmmurray

    rmmurray Master of the Pit

     
  8. thebigman65

    thebigman65 Fire Starter

    Got everything out and transported to the backyard.....


    As the instructions indicate I started by putting the legs and wheels on the then got to the mods.....we have a really good BBQ store near us and I was able to purchase most of what I needed.  I started with sealing the sections of the firebox......


    I then sealed up the crossover with RTV.....

     
  9. thebigman65

    thebigman65 Fire Starter

    Then I installed the firebox onto the CC and added some RTV to seal it from the inside.....


     
  10. thebigman65

    thebigman65 Fire Starter

    Added gasket to the CC door.  I was going to add some to the Firebox door as well, but I need to go buy some more....I figured the CC needed it more for now....


    I wanted to check if the charcoal basket I bought fit......


    Like a glove!!
     
  11. thebigman65

    thebigman65 Fire Starter

    I then saw this note on one of the FB grills.....I am wondering if this is the reason I have seen some members here posting about the paint peeling off the inside of the smoker????

     
  12. thebigman65

    thebigman65 Fire Starter

    Done for today!


    I have a couple if things to do tomorrow like installing my BBQ Guru Digi Q DX 2 and then season and burn in.  Hopefully if all goes well.....maybe even a test cook of some baby backs!!

    More to come!
     
  13. Nice addition to the family

    Gary
     
  14. rmmurray

    rmmurray Master of the Pit

    She's purdy!
     
  15. thebigman65

    thebigman65 Fire Starter

    So I installed the digital Q this morning and started the season and burn in. Got it up to 250 for 2 hours no problem....then added more coals and wood and got it up to 400 by opening the top damper all the way.....stayed for about 30 Minutes but started to drop....I opened up the draft door and got it back up to 325 350....for about another hour.....do you guys this is enough? I let it go another 45 min and then took the digital Q off and put on the kill cap and closed the dampers....
     
  16. thebigman65

    thebigman65 Fire Starter

    I think I know what the issues was.....looking at bbq guru website and they recommend the pit bull fan for my size smoker.....they gave me the pit viper.....going to have to exchange that!
     

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