March 14

The Brinkman ECB Charcoal Smoker and Grill


The most popular Brinkman smoker is the Smoke N Grill Charcoal Smoker and Grill. Once known as the ECB pitmasters jokingly called the ECB the El Cheapo Brinkman.

With a little effort this entry level smoker can turn out great barbecue.

The Brinkman ECB features a retail price of less than sixty dollars. So it’s easy to see why so many aspiring pit masters jump at the chance to get into meat smoking for less than $100.00

With a few simple modifications costing about $25.00 the Brinkman ECB makes a very capable smoker.

More on the Brinkman ECB Smoker

The ECB Charcoal Smoker actually has somewhat of a cult following. There are entire websites and forums detracted to the ECB.

Pitmasters that love the ECB modify the Brinkman ECB to suit their needs. Simple modifications include repositioning the legs, adding charcoal grates, drilling additional ventilation holes, and mounting accurate thermometers


The biggest problems with the ECB are airflow and the solid charcoal pan that’s difficult to refill or empty. These are pretty easy to fix with simple modifications. Even those that are not very handy can make the mods.

More elaborate mods include mounting multiple thermometers and adding a second tier, making it a dual cook chamber model.

Checking in with the serious ECB sites and forums I get the impression that this unit appeals certain folks. Those seeking a good value, and those that enjoy the challenges of a little field engineering.

So what’s the bottom line on the Brinkman ECB? It’s a competent smoker that represents a good value. If you are willing to make a few modifications the Brinkman ECB makes a fine smoker.


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