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Unread 02-14-2014, 09:51 PM   #1
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Default HBT welding/GreasyHIll smoker mods

I finally had a chance to a get some modifications done on this smoker. Picked this up new for 1600.00 in Alabama last summer. As many read, these smokers have been know to have an undersized firebox and too small air intakes. And sure enough, that's correct. I could barely get a clean fire and holding a 225 temp was almost impossible. The smoker lid had a long handle that would smash my beer cans and rendered the shelf useless. We had to fill in some of the skip weld to seal her up a bit as well. The fire box grate was about 6 inches off the floor of the smoker.

Just picking it up

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1. Added some more intakes on the firebox (probably overkill but this SOB gets air now..LOL)

2. Ripped out the high firebox grate and replaced with a fireplace grate.

3. Did away with the long smoke chamber handle and replaced with two small handles with a counterweight.

4. Added some hooks under the shelves for tools

5. Replaced the junk temp gauges and added two on each end of the chamber.



Fired it up yesterday. She was burning clean at 225-250 and breathing well. I opened the vents and took her up to 375 no problem and probably could have gone higher. I'll finally be able to cook on this darn thing. Not too bad for a 1600.00 smoker, beer and a buddy with a welder who also is a painter...LOL Beer and paint tomorrow.

Overall, If you buy these cheap smokers knowing you get what you pay for, a few simple mods later and you'll almost forget how pissed you were trying to cook on it the first time
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Unread 02-14-2014, 09:53 PM   #2
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did you post mods last summer? if not another fellar did about the same with one and likes it fine.
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I did see his post. Gave me a reason to drag this one out of the barn.
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Nice job! Now lets see some pr0n in action!
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did you post mods last summer? if not another fellar did about the same with one and likes it fine.
Here is that post.

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=175187

Hopefully posts like these will help folks make better informed purchases. Think it is fine to get into one of these if you understand the challenges and have the skills and tools (or friends) to help with mods but I don't know why the manufacturers don't step up their game and make the mods and just sell a quality product.

Glad you got your cooker "cookin".
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I don't know why the manufacturers don't step up their game and make the mods and just sell a quality product.
I agree! If you had pay someone to make all the mods needed, you might as well get yourself one that is already set from the manufacturer.

Makes me wonder just how good the trailers are. Nothing could be worse, then finding out the hard way while on the road.
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I pulled her from Alabama to Ohio with no problem. Actually pulled very well. I knew going in that this pit was going to need some mods...but for 1600 and a buddy that welds, this is now the rig my buddies and family borrow, not my Lang anymore..lol Suckers
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Awesome! Now if I get this one, all I have to do is provide the material, beer, and food. Right??? lol
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