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Old 08-18-2010, 06:43 PM   #1
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Hey Guys,

I just bicked up this Smoker from a friend who out grew it. I think it is a New Braunfels Black Diamond. I can read the New Braunfels on the tag but that is all.

I have read some on the mods for this smoker and I am going to get that going this week. I plan on putting in the baffel move the temp gauge and lower the inside of the smoke stack.

I would like to clean her up and put a fresh coat of paint on her. Is there any reason that I should not do that?

Is there anything else I should think of doing with this smoker?

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Old 08-18-2010, 06:54 PM   #2
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Welcome WH, I'm sure not the one to ask this question, but in my opinion it looks like a fun project. I'm sure you will get some great advice right here, good luck with it and keep us posted on the progress.
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:53 AM   #3
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Well WH, it looks like you got yourself a project. Myself, I have a Weber Smokey Mountain and it's probably one of the easier smokers to start off with. I've heard that your type of configuration of a smoker is pretty good once you learn the ins-and-outs of it. You should get some responses soon from some of our more experienced pit guys.

At any rate, welcome aboard the forum.
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Old 08-19-2010, 01:08 PM   #4
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Welcome great find. I would not bother to paint it. Just clean out the inside and start a big fire in there to burn out all the crud. Maybe cook a chicken or two so to kill two or three birds with one stone. Once it cools down slightly start slopping down the outside and the inside of the cook chamber/grates with cheap cooking oil or you could squirt it down with a generic version of PAM. Do this after each use and after a rain storm. It will turn a nice shade of reddish black. Much cheaper and more durable than paint. Dont put any grease inside the firebox part.

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Old 08-19-2010, 04:22 PM   #5
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Or you could do it the hard way: grind/wire brush it after burning the crud out, then BBQ paint the outside, then regrease the inside. I wouldn't do it(ok I might), but it is another option to entertain. Check when you burn it for signifiant air leakage. This is the problem with our new braunfel. We thought about fixin it with stove insulation but haven't yet. Also, if it is rusted in the inside and you close the door hard...and are cooking...you will have more than rub on the outside. But at least that is high in iron!
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Old 08-19-2010, 05:46 PM   #6
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Re: New to the Game

I have the same smoker and it's good cooker. The only issue I had as that it eats up a lot of fuel, so you will need to baby-sit it a lot before you learn its little ins & outs. I also put an extension on the smoke stackon the inside (about 3") so that it would regulate the smoke and heat a little better. I have had mine for about 10 years know and I have never painted it or coated it with oil, I just use it and scrape the inside top from time to time to get rid of some of the flakes that build up over time. I also put a foil pan in front of the firebox to help regulate the heat otherwise it just billows in and over cooks the stuff nearest the firebox. I put a foil pan with water next to the firebox as well to add moisture.
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Old 08-19-2010, 07:09 PM   #7
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Heck my old Brinkmann Offset could hold 22 firebricks under the grates in the cookchamber. Made a real nice heat holding mechanism. It also make that end sink in the ground after a rain storm. The metal flexes too much on those sheet metal pits to be able to hold paint very well. Course it dont need any excuse for paint to burn off the firebox. Dat gets purty hot. I would not worry about air leaks. It needs all the help it can get to suck air. I always cooked with my firebox door open about 4 inches just so it got plenty. If you got a good fire going it aint gonna hurt to loose a little smoke.

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Old 08-21-2010, 07:20 PM   #8
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Re: New to the Game

OK here is what I have going on so far.

I made this grate for the fire box.






Then I made a baffle.






What do you guys think?
Is the baffle too much?

I still need to drop the inside of the smoke stack and move the temp gauge.

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I have no idea about the baffle, but you impressed the hell out of me with the metal work, it is really looking good.
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Old 08-22-2010, 01:54 PM   #10
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FIRE IT UP. That's the only way you can tell how it will cook. I suggest doing a bisket check to see where your hot spots are.

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