Thanks everyone - ok - everybody gets a good laugh this morning on me
that's just the way it goes sometimes.
Ya - I know I'm going to have to tend the firebox on a long cook. I'm trying to make the Brinkman more efficient, but there is only so much I'm going to do to it before I build a new one. Bought this one to learn on.
I just got a food grade 55 gal drum this morning, so I'm going to add a UDS to the collection. This is getting addicting - I'm going to have to watch it.
Once I get the UDS going, I am probably going to move the firebox from the side of the Brinkman and put it directly under the smoking chamber.
I'm doing this because - I am an inveterant tinkerer - I just can't leave stuff alone - my wife says I have to rebuild everything three times before I'm happy with it. But hey - that's part of the fun of doing this. It'll also shorten then length of the Brinkman, and I want to be able to take it on my pontoon boat for grilling steaks, or smoking ribs etc.
I did put a new grate in the firebox - raised it up higher in the firebox. Next cook is Sunday afternoon - got to make some more ribs.