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The Electric Brinkmann Moink Test

 
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Professor Bunky



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11 13 5:03 am    Post subject: The Electric Brinkmann Moink Test Reply with quote

Around Christmas I bought the heating element for converting my el-cheapo Brinkmann vertical smoker to an electric. I tested the heater iteslf, but I've been anxious to try it the smoke for real.

Last weekend, with temps outside in the high 30's and 15 mph winds, I tested it without any food & got a temperature at the food grill up to 225F. I figured, with a blanket it might be good enough on a warmer day.

Today, with outside temps in the 40s and winds under 10 mph I gave it a shot, cooking some Moink and some italian Sausage. Here's the open Brinkmann, showing the electric heater:

Notice we still have some snow on the ground.

To get the temp up a bit and to protect it a little from wind, I tried one of those thin, metallized Mylar emergency blankets & covered the top of the rig with it (I needed the access door free to put in wood chips).

Jiffy Pop anyone?

It still took about 3 hours for the Moink & Sausages to cook, but they came out better than I had expected:



The Mylar blanket did melt onto the top cover in a couple of spots, so next time I think I'll use an old cloth blanket with the Mylar on top of it (it should give me better insulation, too).

It was slow, but still easier than tending coals in this weather.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11 13 5:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Invest in a welding blanket, wont melt - unless you can get that EBO add on up over 1000° $20.00 or so at Harbor Freight etc...
MANY here are gonna give ya crap for the electric option, but I am assuming your expecting that.[ i made ribs in my oven a couple weeks ago....they tasted good ]
Looks edible from here!!

http://www.harborfreight.com/catalogsearch/result?q=welding+blanket
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11 13 5:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OH, Yeah !!!!

Crispy crunchy outside, juicy inside........Good Show !!!!

Love Moinks / choinks & your's look great !!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11 13 5:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Guys!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11 13 5:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice job on your Moinks Prof Bunky....they look great. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11 13 6:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They were reeel guuud. The glaze was half cranberry sauce and half Stubb's (I happen to like Stubbs). Not bad.

The biggest problem seems to be the temp control in cold windy weather.

We just felt like trying the electric option. We also have a gas rig and a Weber Kettle and there's probably more to come.

You know how it goes. Wink
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