Big Green Egg Stainless Steel Table
The Table is a 30" x 48" Gorilla Table from
The legs are a tight fit inside of 1 1/2" galvanized iron pipe. The
Table legs were shortened by 8". I would suggest doing all work on the
table legs before putting the table together. The hole was cut with a
jigsaw. For best table integrity cut inside the outer verticle of the
tophat braces as shown in the detail picture.
There are many inexpensive smokers on the market that with a few easy
modifications can easily turn out great BBQ. For those folks who don't
want to modify I highly recommend sticking with genuine Weber products. With the very kind help of
the folks credited below here are some ideas to get you started.
If you are using wood or charcoal The
BBQ Guru is an easy and wonderful modification. The guru controls pit temp
and monitors meat temp.
The Stoker does the same thing
with an IP interface so you can access it over the internet
Smoker Modifications is a
great Adobe Acrobat document on Modifying the New Braunfels Hondo and Black
Diamond smoker grill (although the principles will work just fine with a
Brinkmann). This was created by Dan
and is posted here
with his kind permission. Dan also reports great success with
Barbeques Galore's house brand of
chunk charcoal, long consistent burn and very little ash.
This page was started back in 2002. BBQ has benefitted
greatly from the growth of the internet. There are lots of great resources
listed on our links page. Our first suggestion is search
for a group or forum for your specific smoker. One of the best is
The Virtual Weber Bullet .
For general advice on a classic pit or UDS (Ugly Drum Smoker) head on over to
BBQ Brethren Forum .
This is a good basic design. If you put the solid sides to the
direction of air flow it burns slower. Using the Minion method with the
fire burning top down also gives a longer burn. Charcoal baskets are
the #1 way to get longer burns out of a smoker.
With a pit that has the fire box at one end and the chimney at the other you
will have a difference in temperature unless you "Tune" the pit. Professional
builders do this with a series of metal plates that lay in the pit under the
grate with small gaps between the plates closest to the fire and the gaps
getting bigger further away from the fire. Here is how I added tuning and
a water bath for under $10 to my Klose. The 12"x24" steel grate the
aluminum pan is sitting on was on clearance at Home Depot. The lip on the pan
was bent in to just fit under the baffle. I fill it with water or water
and apple juice. After I'm done cooking I let the dripping get hard so I
can scoop them and throw them in the trash.
Here is the Aluminum water pan method described above
This is tuning with a Pizza stone.
It is less expensive and does not need water added. The down sides are it
will not control temperature spikes while you sleep or add moisture.
Cooking area is greatly increased compared to no tuning but not as much as the
water pan method. You can get meat a lot closer to the fire
box than the water pan method. Meat which is above the stone is fine, meat at the edge got too much
heat and got crunchy.
The New Braunfels Bandera
is a great entry level smoker that has its own following on
Yahoo Bandera Group .
These modifications are from the "Avon Lady" zip file by
Gary Wiviott posted with his kind permission. Gary gives full
credit to Max Lorenz who did the
CAD drawing for the Bandera baffle and Mikey Lulejian who generated quite a bit
of the information contained in the 'Avon Lady' package.
Here is Text file
from the Avon Lady zip file. The entire content of the file is the
pictures and illustrations you see on this page and the Text file. The
only thing I did was crop white space from some drawing and arrange it on this
This shows the Dimensions of the Bandera before any
modifications are made. This is of real value to folks who want to create
their own out of heavier gauge steel than the version sold in stores.
This shows where the baffle is placed. Without the baffle
the heat and smoke tends to rise up the right side making for uneven heat
Detailed dimensions for fabricating the baffle
Two views of the Baffle installed
This shows expanded metal in the firebox for grilling and a
water pan in the smoker for moderating the heat