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Old 12-31-2010, 11:27 PM   #1
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Default New Braunfels Restoration and Mods w PRON!

I bought this New Braunfels for $40 on Craigslist, researched the brand and type of smoker on BBQ Brethren before I bought it.

A little rusty, a lean, but some character, right? Over the next few weeks I browsed BBQ Brethren and got tips on getting rid of rust, rust converter, and what type of paint to use to start restoring it.

I started with this

And after some tough work with an orbital sander and some rustoleom, I ended up with this

So far I'm in this about $70 including the purchase price of the smoker, paint, and sand paper.

Then I started grad school and the smoker sat in my garage for a few months. But I got a Tel-Tru thermometer for Christmas (thanks again to everyone at BBQ Brethren) and decided New Years Eve was the perfect day to get my smoker finished.

Went to Home Depot and picked up some red oak and stain, and an oak dowel for new handles.

First I installed the thermometer

Then I cut and drilled holes in the red oak plank and oak dowel (couldn't find a red oak dowel), and then stained it with Sedona Red Stain.

And here's the final product.

Smoker - $40
Paint and Sandpaper - $30
New bolts, washers, and nuts - $10
Wood and Stain - $30
Thermometer - $60
Steel Baffle - $10
Total - $180

The BBQ Brethren forums helped me immensely by answering some of my questions directly, and by just searching and seeing what others had done. Big thanks to everyone here for their time, advice, pictures, mod suggestions etc. I hope this resto shows all of your hard work on this forum really helps people.

I'll be smoking for the first time next weekend, any suggestions for the best meat to smoke for a first timer?
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Old 12-31-2010, 11:30 PM   #2
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A thing of beauty... now fire it up and get her dirty!

Well done!

As for the inaugeral smoke... a pork (Boston or picnic/shoulder) butt and a few fatties!
(The fatties to fend off the appetites and the pork butt is a very forgiving cut of meat)
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Old 12-31-2010, 11:41 PM   #3
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Wow! Great job restoring your smoker. Gotta agree with smoking a pig butt & some fatties for your shakedown cruise.
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Old 01-01-2011, 12:07 AM   #4
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Nice job on the restoration! Excellent suggestions on the pork butt and fatties. MOINK Balls are an excellent appetizer and you'd probably have space for some!

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Old 01-01-2011, 02:05 AM   #5
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Looks sharp!
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Old 01-01-2011, 06:28 AM   #6
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Very nice. Fun to do ain't it?

Gotta say though, your "before" picture is a definite Keeper! You can tell people you have a special offset for high wind situations.
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Old 01-01-2011, 06:40 AM   #7
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Nice job. Just remember she ain't never gonna look as she does right now .......and that's a good thing.
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Old 01-01-2011, 07:02 AM   #8
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Nice job

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Old 01-01-2011, 07:03 AM   #9
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Looks great, now enjoy it
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Old 01-01-2011, 07:08 AM   #10
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Great job on that smoker!
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Old 01-01-2011, 07:46 AM   #11
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Nice job, good luck with it!

Happy New Year!
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Old 01-01-2011, 08:27 AM   #12
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Looking good, now put it too use

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Old 01-01-2011, 08:48 AM   #13
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Nice score, well done on the restore job
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Old 01-01-2011, 09:47 AM   #14
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Looks great!
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Old 01-01-2011, 10:13 AM   #15
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That is really good work, nice going.
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