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Frank-Likes-Beer 12-15-2010 05:16 PM

This Brinkman smoker?
 
I'm looking at getting this grill/smoker and wanted to see if anyone has experience with it.

http://www.brinkmann.net/products/ou...tem=852-7080-E

I can pick it up for free with my check card points. :D

simmons 12-15-2010 07:17 PM

I have the same smoker. It's good to start out with but. You have to modify the fire box so that the fire can breathe and so the ashes fall out the bottom and don't smother the coals. It's also great for Beer Can Chicken. But If you really get into smoking things you will want to upgrade.

truckmann 12-15-2010 07:20 PM

Like simmons said it will work pretty well with some minor modifications, but for about the same amount of money or less I think you would be better off building an Ugly Drum Smoker. I guess for free though it will do pretty well.

jezter6 12-15-2010 07:39 PM

I have the electric model (no worries about keeping an eye on the fire or temperature).

I like it. I only smoke up 3-4 times a year, usually a butt or some beer can chicken.

Good little starter, IMHO. if you get it free with points, then all the better.

azscoob 12-15-2010 07:39 PM

I had one of them for years , the bottom finally rusted out on it and I made the upgrade to a Brinkmann Smoke-n-Pit, I made several mods as described on another forum, even heat, better control, I absolutely love it!

Frank-Likes-Beer 12-16-2010 01:11 PM

Thanks for the info everyone. I think I'll be picking this up right after Xmas. :)

therealrsr 12-17-2010 07:00 PM

FYI, HIGH maintenance until modified, and even then it is not an indirect system. No doubt you can make good BBQ in them, but they are not really indirect (even with a liquid pan in there). To be fair I don't use an egg for the same reason but have tasted great, not good, BBQ from them.

dataz722 12-17-2010 07:03 PM

Before you get it, at least read about and consider making a UDS.

Frank-Likes-Beer 12-17-2010 07:04 PM

Would there be a better option for a starter smoker? I like the option of using this as a charcoal grill too.

Edit: I'll read up on the UDS as well, but living in a picky HOA townhouse community, I'm not sure how well a big ugly drum sitting on my deck will go over. :)

dataz722 12-17-2010 07:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Frank-Likes-Beer (Post 2484607)
Would there be a better option for a starter smoker? I like the option of using this as a charcoal grill too.

Edit: I'll read up on the UDS as well, but living in a picky HOA townhouse community, I'm not sure how well a big ugly drum sitting on my deck will go over. :)

A weber kettle cover fits over it perfectly. I have a real picky HOA and nobody has ever said anything to me about the 3 grills I have on my deck. They all have covers though.


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