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Old 07-10-2009, 08:07 PM   #1
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My neighbor just bought one of these and he is hoping I can help him smoke on it. I was thinking about putting in my old water pan from my ECB and starting a fire using the Minion method on one side of the grill. I have no idea if well be able to keep the cooker going low and slow, but its worth a shot. Does anyone have any tips on smoking on this type of cooker?


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Old 07-10-2009, 08:46 PM   #2
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You'll at least wanna get some flexible metal tube and bring the exhaust down to the grate level. It won't ever be a smoker, but you can smoke on it like you would any other grill....like you said (indirect)

No need for the water pan. Those are for vertical smokers.

What kind of wood are ya thinking, and what do you plan on cooking?
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Tell him to purchase the side fire box for it.
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Old 07-10-2009, 09:04 PM   #4
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Scott,

I was afraid folks would say"It won't ever be a smoker." I had the same thought. I wish he had bought a WSM and made life easy. He could have also bought a Weber kettle and I could have lent him my smokenator, which does do a nice job for short cooks like ribs.

My reason for using the water pan is to have a heat sink to avoid temperature spikes and keep the grill from overheating.

In regards to what he'll be using for wood, he's got a blue bag of kingsford and some hickory chunks. He was trying to cook a small (4 lb.) pork shoulder.

It should be an interesting day. I think I will head to the packy and pick up some beverages.
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Old 07-11-2009, 09:51 AM   #5
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Tell him to purchase the side fire box for it.
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There are a lot of folks who use these with the firebox and there a bunch of mods for them too.
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Old 07-11-2009, 02:13 PM   #6
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Surprisingly shes cooking pretty well. We lit the grill using the Minion method early this morning and set it up for indirect grilling with an attempt to smoke. I set a bowl of water under one side of the grill. After a few hours the temperature started to creep up over 250 and I noticed that the lid did not make a tight seal. A little aluminum foil around the edges and shes holding between 225 and 250. Now we can wait for the magic of pulled pork.

I think Ive talked him into buying the offset. Is it easy to install?
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Tell him to purchase the side fire box for it.
+1

There are a lot of folks who use these with the firebox and there a bunch of mods for them too.
Yep +1
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Those rust out too fast!!! get a klose. http://www.bbqpits.com/
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Those rust out too fast!!! get a klose. http://www.bbqpits.com/
I agree Sapo but you know those Klose's will put a hole in your wallet.
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I agree Sapo but you know those Klose's will put a hole in your wallet.
I know.. just get something thicker.
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