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Old 12-15-2010, 06:16 PM   #1
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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.
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Old 12-15-2010, 08:17 PM   #2
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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.

 
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Old 12-15-2010, 08:20 PM   #3
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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.

 
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Old 12-15-2010, 08:39 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 12-15-2010, 08:39 PM   #5
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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!
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Old 12-16-2010, 02:11 PM   #6
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Thanks for the info everyone. I think I'll be picking this up right after Xmas.
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Old 12-17-2010, 08:00 PM   #7
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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.

 
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Before you get it, at least read about and consider making a UDS.
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Old 12-17-2010, 08:04 PM   #9
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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.
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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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