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Old 02-05-2007, 12:35 PM   #1
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There is a good post (or two, or three) on mods for the ECB in this section. Just scan all the topic titles on all the pages. You'll find it sonner or later.

And.... Welcome to the forum and good luck.
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Old 02-05-2007, 12:41 PM   #3
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or..... wait for Morgan to post a link.
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The most important mods you can make, in my opinion (backed by 4 summers of cooking on a Gourmet) are:
1. Install a charcoal grate so the ashes won't build up and smother the fire. I think this would be much better than the wholesale surgery you've suggested.
2. Create a way to control the airflow into the hole on the bottom of the smoker. This is the only way you will have control over the cooking temperature.
3. Install a real thermometer. The easiest and cheapest way is to drill a hole just below the top cooking grate, and insert a 6" candy/deep fry thermometer.

Once you have done this, you will (1) have a way to control the temperature, (2) have a way to know - accurately - what the temperature is, and (3) be able to have the smoker cook for several hours without a lot of attention.

You still may have to dump the ashes in the middle of a long cook, and load additional charcoal. Using lump instead of briquettes would help with that problem.
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Old 02-09-2007, 01:34 AM   #6
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This is my modified ECB.
I made the usual mods. Top vent, added vents and legs on charcoal pan and moved smoker legs to the outside.
My charcoal pan wasn't the most stable so I use a Smokey Joe bottom as a charcoal pan.
The Smokey Joe is higher than the modified ECB charcoal pan. I had to raise my ECB a couple of inches so the charcoal wasn't too close to the water pan. A friend of mine made the new legs.

Top Vent


The threaded rods made for an unstable pan


Vented charcoal pan


Smokey Joe vents and legs are better



New longer legs. Original in the front


Lit and loaded Minion method



I use a large pizza pan to catch ashes
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Old 02-09-2007, 05:26 AM   #7
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Here are the mods I did to my little ECB. Not sure if you have this style, or the older version with just the charcoal bowl at the bottom.

http://usera.imagecave.com/smokintim/Bullet_Smoker/

I bought a replacement charcoal grate for a webber kettle and welded SS bolts to the bottom of it to get the coals off of the bottom and then made an extension for the middle chamber out of an old vent tube for an underground oil tank that I got from the local petroleum dealer. The thermometer is a replacement thermometer from HD. I like it over the longer ones because the stem is shorter and not under any meat. I have found that with the longer ones, they sit directly under the meat which causes them to pick up the ambient temp from the drippings falling on it, versus the actual temp of the cooker. I put mine just below the top grate. I also put a butterfly vent on the top of the lid.

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Old 02-09-2007, 05:33 AM   #8
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Hey smokemaster, what smokey joe had 3 dampers on the bottom? I haven't seen that before. Has to work great for your ECB mods.
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looks like a set up that will make great q! Where do you go to school?
You are going to be very popular!
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Old 02-09-2007, 06:30 AM   #10
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Hey smokemaster, what smokey joe had 3 dampers on the bottom? I haven't seen that before. Has to work great for your ECB mods.
I found it on Ebay. It must be one of the earlier models (80's-90's?). When I saw the 3 vents I had to buy it.
The newer models have the single bottom vent and the smokey joe to go has vents on the sides.
Tried to figure a way to connect all 3 but it was too complicated.
I adjust them as needed.
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