About 18 months ago I found a New Braunfels Black Diamond offset on CL. I had a UDS that I built and used with great results, but wanted to try an offset. So I bought the NBBD for $40.00 and brought it home.
I refurbished it and put it to use, but was failing miserably. Temps swings, temps that I thought were too high, etc... I tried doing mods to make it work like a UDS including using charcoal and a pit controller, but to me that was defeating the purpose of the offset and fuel consumption was a lot higher than with my UDS. So I put the offset aside.
Then I found this site and started reading. I was doing several things wrong that contributed to my frustration. I don't claim to now be an expert, but I have learned much about the need for dry wood, pre-heating splits, fire management, and letting the cooker run at higher temps if that is where the sweet spot is. In fact, I am now a fan of hot and fast.
I almost gave the NBBD away at one point, but thanks to the Brethren and all the valuable information here, it is now an active cooker.
There is a time and place for all my cookers depending on what I am cooking and how much time I can put into tending a cook, but I do love the old school aspect and the results of cooking with wood on an offset.
So thanks to all that contributed to saving my NBBD!
Before and after pics of the refurb job.
09-12-2013 02:36 PM
09-12-2013 02:44 PM
The smoker looks great!
09-12-2013 02:51 PM
Looks really good, nice work.
09-12-2013 03:30 PM
Great job. :thumb: Looks just like mine did 20+/- years ago. Enjoy! It will serve you well.
....thinking it might be time to refurbish mine but I'd hate to have it out of commission while doing the refurb. Decisions, decisions.....
09-12-2013 03:37 PM
Very nice -looks brand spanking new!
Glad you found your way with it.
09-12-2013 03:39 PM
Nice job gettin it all cleaned up! Now it's time to get your dirt on it.
Big George's BBQ
09-12-2013 03:44 PM
Very Nice Work Looks new
09-12-2013 03:52 PM
Wow, that looks brand new! If you are on the way to figuring out how it wants to cook then no doubt you are getting good Q and it will improve with your experience.
09-12-2013 03:54 PM
Very nice work! Glad you didn't give her away. :)
09-12-2013 06:46 PM
Thanks all! That after pic is from right after the refurb. It doesn't look like that after having been used, but that's what not a bad thing...
09-12-2013 06:55 PM
Wow... Great Work, looks like new.
09-12-2013 09:23 PM
Let me say that you did a great job refurbishing it.
09-12-2013 09:33 PM
The NBBD/Hondo was my first offset. it runs hot and becase of that, it was a great chicken cooker.
The mods i had was firegrate, the baffle/tuning plate and relocated the smokestack to below grate level. They are all in the bandera 101 document.
09-12-2013 11:36 PM
looks really good! great job refurbishing the whole rig