The Brinkman 1500 watt smoker

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by midnight1957, Dec 20, 2011.

  1. midnight1957

    midnight1957 Newbie

    I am trying to get into smoking meats so my wife gave me a charcoal smoker for Christmas, its kinda big to start out with and after thinking about it I thought it would be best to start off with a smaller one while I get my feet on the ground.

    I found a Brinkman 1500 watt bearly used on craigslist for $20 so this is where I am going to start out.

    The guy I bought it from used it very little and used lava rocks at the element with the element siting on top of the rocks (they are small and very thin layer). My question is should I get more lava rocks and would it hurt the electric element if I covered it with lava rocks, I don't want to burn it up.

    Is there a way to control the temperature or will I have to just watch it and crack the lid if it gets too hot? Also what would be the best thermother to get, I have bought one that is digital and I can put the probe inside and it will show the temperature outside. If I want to smoke sausage do I just stick the probe in one of the sausage?

    Sorry for all the questions, I am just trying to learn, I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas.


  2. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    First off welcome to SMF there Wade. Now for your smoker I would remove the lava rocks form the smoker and use it without them at all. That smoker was designed not to have the rocks in it. You'll really like this place for there are a bunch of really good folks here that would just love to help you with just about anything to do with smoking meat. Then if you have any questions you just post them here or yu can try in chat for a faster answer. If you are really new to all of this I would recommend that you look up and take the e-course. It is free and it will also give you the basics on smoking. So with all that said now go and get something to smoke.

    Welcome To Your New Addiction
  3. triplebq

    triplebq Smoking Fanatic

    [​IMG]I would get another bag of the small lava rocks . But 1st thing to do is clean the bottom out , rust proof it and cover it with thick foil . This will make it last twice as long and after several uses it is easy cleaning by removing the foil and reappling new foil. The new added lava rocks will help keep the wood chips from leaning on the burn element and keep it frpm burning into . I would add a thermo in the top you you can monitor the cooking temp better as these are excellent cooking / smoking boxes but are affected by the cold . I use mine all the time and get excellent results always ...
  4. triplebq

    triplebq Smoking Fanatic

    I own three of these smokers and each came with lava rocks from the factory so I disagree with this statement. The BIGGER smoker Brinkman makes is the one that comes without and needs no lava rocks.

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