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Desert Dweller
12-24-2008, 09:24 PM
I came home from shopping today to find what's here on the porch. One of the guys who had gone on that 2.5 day cycle ride and had come to my house for dinner of Pulled Pork, Ribs and appetizers a week later had gone yard saleing with his wife today, found this ECB, a brand new Chimney Starter, three bags of Kingsford for 5 bucks. So he brought it to my place and left a pleading comment with the kids. "Tell your Dad we want some more ABT's!"

I would not have used it, so I passed it on to a neighbor who had expressed an interest in starting out at the bottom. I could not see him going any lower...

bigabyte
12-24-2008, 09:30 PM
It's kinda like being a kid, busting into that big present and inside is a sweater.:shock:

MRI_Guy
12-24-2008, 09:51 PM
Looks like it needs a few mods..............

Rookie'48
12-24-2008, 09:53 PM
Are you sure that you don't want it ,Bo? :twisted::twisted::twisted:

cheez59
12-24-2008, 09:58 PM
The ECB is about at the botom but they will produce some good food if the cook does some TLC.

Norcoredneck
12-24-2008, 10:14 PM
It's kinda like being a kid, busting into that big present and inside is a sweater.:shock:
http://www.encircling.us/photoplog/file.php?n=2535&w=l

MattC
12-24-2008, 10:23 PM
I almost hate to admit it, but thats the exact smoker that got Me into BBQ! :mrgreen:
I allways liked eating BBQ and wanted to learn to cook it Myself. I saw an ECB on the shelf at the store for CHEAP and figured I'd give it a shot.

It didnt take long to figure out that it was junk.
I gave it away and got a Cookshack electric smoker.
Then I bought a cheap off set to go with it.
Then I sold the Cookshack and bought a BDS.
Then I gave the offset to a neighbor and got a BGE.

So now, 5 years later, I have a BGE and a drum.
And I owe it all to an ECB :lol:

jack040806
12-24-2008, 11:00 PM
I had one of those for a couple of weeks, gave it to my brother in law about a year and a half ago, he still hasn't used it and while this normally would inferiorate me with that smoker I don't really care.

N8man
12-24-2008, 11:07 PM
Now, You Know, A Brethren Could Make That Smoker Turn Out Some Fine Que!!!!:biggrin: All I'm Saying Is, Where's There A Will, There's A Way.......:biggrin:

BBQ Grail
12-24-2008, 11:24 PM
I think you have quite a friend. The fact that he thought of you should be quite a nice feeling. The best brisket I've ever done was on the first smoker I ever had. An ECB. With a few mods it would make an excellent MOINK Ball or ABT smoker.

I would not have given away a gift that had that much caring and thought behind it.

Desert Dweller
12-24-2008, 11:26 PM
First rack of ribs I ever did was on one of them. It turned out just fine, well, as fine as a novice could do I guess. But like Matt said, "It's the smoker that got me into BBQ.."

Hopefully the guy I turned it over to will feel the same and give it a serious go. He called tonight after we did a drive by and dumped it on his porch, along with a couple slices of Prime Rib I did on the WSM. He seems jazzed at the possibilities!

Desert Dweller
12-24-2008, 11:28 PM
I think you have quite a friend. The fact that he thought of you should be quite a nice feeling. The best brisket I've ever done was on the first smoker I ever had. An ECB. With a few mods it would make an excellent MOINK Ball or ABT smoker.

I would not have given away a gift that had that much caring and thought behind it.


I checked with the guy who gave it to me, calling him of course to say thanks and to let him know he has some ABT's coming. He said he paid 5 bucks for the package, and bought it as a joke, so he had no problem with me turning it over to someone who could learn fromo it...

BBQ Grail
12-24-2008, 11:49 PM
I checked with the guy who gave it to me, calling him of course to say thanks and to let him know he has some ABT's coming. He said he paid 5 bucks for the package, and bought it as a joke, so he had no problem with me turning it over to someone who could learn fromo it...

That additional information sure changes the story. In that case, you done good.

hossrocks
12-25-2008, 12:04 AM
I also did my first cook on a unit just like that one. My father in law was cleaning out his garage and threw it in the back of my truck. Weeks went by before he started razzing me about never using his gift. So, with a little internet searchin and alot of beer I produced my first beer can chicken. I remember is was very hard keeping the temp in the "ideal" range. None the less, with my first bite of very tough chicken I was hooked. I still have the ECB. It sits next to the gasser that never gets any use.

cheez59
12-25-2008, 12:04 AM
My first smoker was an ECB charcoal rig. I did a couple things on it but never really got too good with it. Then I graduated to an All-In-One ECB which is propane fired as well as charcoal. I got to turning out some really good Que with it. Some real bad too. :smile: Mind you I did no mods and had to babysit the thing to keep the temps right but it worked and taught me a lot about smoking food. I still have the All-In-One and one day I will donate it to a fledgling farker in need.

CajunSmoker
12-25-2008, 07:25 AM
Tell your friend to put a small piece of expanded metal in the firebox(bowl) so the coals don't smother themselves out, and don't try to overload it with charcoal and he can make some nice Q. I still have one that I take to comps to cook chicken on.:cool:

Markbb
12-25-2008, 08:57 AM
I started with a ECB and made some kickass BBQ and then it fell apart....oh well so I got a spicewine

smoke-n-my-i's
12-25-2008, 10:03 AM
I have to admit it also, that was my first smoker as well... for what it costs, it does turn out some good "Q".

A nice beginner "toy" in my opinion for someone that isn't sure if they will do a lot of "q'n". Would I do it again, yes....

mbshop
12-25-2008, 04:17 PM
i have the older version. was ok. then i did the mods and it was better. turned out some good stuff and it helped me "learn". so its part of the family and will always stay with me. also still do a cook once in awhile just for 'ole times sake.

ipls3355
12-25-2008, 04:55 PM
I still cook on my ECB and love it. I would have been all over that $5 deal like a fly on chit. A few mods and that is a fine little smoker.

Nitrofly
12-25-2008, 05:06 PM
I almost hate to admit it, but thats the exact smoker that got Me into BBQ! :mrgreen:
I allways liked eating BBQ and wanted to learn to cook it Myself. I saw an ECB on the shelf at the store for CHEAP and figured I'd give it a shot.

It didnt take long to figure out that it was junk.
I gave it away and got a Cookshack electric smoker.
Then I bought a cheap off set to go with it.
Then I sold the Cookshack and bought a BDS.
Then I gave the offset to a neighbor and got a BGE.

So now, 5 years later, I have a BGE and a drum.
And I owe it all to an ECB :lol:


Me too that was my first smoker..
worked real hard to maintain Ideal
temp.. never thought of using a thermometer :redface:
Great starter for the right price the wife paid
Twenty U.S. Dollars for mine used only once.. :icon_blush:
I made some great BAAAHHHBEQUE !!! on mine :biggrin:

Smoke & Beers
12-25-2008, 07:09 PM
I too got started on the ECB... Did my first butt on it and I was hooked.
Made a few mods and continued searching for a better way.
While searching, I stumbled across this site and discovered the UDS thread and my poor ECB sits and watches now. He does sit by quietly and is always willing to lend a hand by taking off his lid so I have a place to put my Drums Weber lid when I'm turning meat or such...

hav
12-25-2008, 08:19 PM
I got my ECB in the yard, less than a year old. I did some mods and got it controled pretty well, but then, oh then, came the UDS...never smoked (I did grill with it though) again...but I wont throw her out.

Mad Max
12-25-2008, 08:27 PM
It's kind of like your first love, you never forget!:cry:

Rookie'48
12-25-2008, 08:33 PM
Somewhere, in the dark corner of my garage, lurks my old red Marlboro miles ECB. I tried cooking on it once & went for the 110 volt mod :rolleyes:. I used it for awhile, then bought the BSKD. Now the Brinkman is gone (sniff) and the ECB sits in the dark.

sampson
12-25-2008, 10:00 PM
I had one of those for a couple of weeks, gave it to my brother in law about a year and a half ago, he still hasn't used it and while this normally would inferiorate me with that smoker I don't really care.

Jack, do you remember when I had one of those when I lived in that condo on Neil Rd in Reno? You used to love that thing back then when I made jerky on it! Let's see what was that, about fifteen years ago? Maybe more... Oh, how the times have changed, eh? Like others here have said, if that's what you got, you'll find a way to make it work. With a little effort you can put out some good Q on that thing. Maybe you just better come visit the old man for some more schoolin':wink::wink::wink: Bring the new kid with you...

BBQchef33
12-25-2008, 11:16 PM
yup.. my first smoker was similar.. the Brinkman 5 in 1.

I learned how to ruin good meat in that smoker.

Harbormaster
12-25-2008, 11:17 PM
I went to my folks for Christmas this afternoon, and lo and behold, my uncle had brought a "WSM" his neighbor had given him, and he gave to me. I was pumped!

Except, of course, it wasn't a WSM.
It was a chrbroil version of the ECB. Nearly new.
I may give it w whirl, and see how it works. Then we'll see.

My gut says I would really like to find a Brethren in need, or who has a friend/relative that would like to get started in Q. PM me if you or someone you know is in need.