Rated 3.8 out of 5Â by 75
Rated 5 out of 5Â by TurfGuy Yes, I've gone Vertical
I am a former Brinkmann TrailMaster LE Horizontal Offset Firebox Smoker owner. WE had it for a number of years and, although I seal up some of the leaks in it; I never really got consistant heat across the width of the BTLE.
I bought this a couple of weeks ago and sealed it with RTV 600 degree caulk at all the seams. It's orange, but I knew I was going to add a couiple of coats of new paint so I didn't mind. After the caulk had dried, I gave it 3 coats of Rustoleum 1200 degree High Heat paint, as my old Brinkmann started to show signs of rust a little sooner than I was happy with. We then sealed all the doors and lid with Nomex 1/2" self stick gasket material. Just finished my first smoke (pork shoulder and baby backs with Hickory) Saturday and could not have been happier with the results. It was easy to keep the temps where I wanted them and obviously very even heat with the vertical design. I was also happy with the porcelain covered water dish and chrome racks. They cleaned up reasonably well in the dishwasher after cooling off.
Bottom line, it's an affordable entry into the world of PitMasters, and with a little extra work and money, it will be around for a long, long time. I also sprung for the cover, something I neglected to do last time, short sighted on my part.
April 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Barros68 Great Overall Smoker
I'm a first year smoker and have already upgraded to a bigger (this model) smoker. I'm very happy with the durability of the smoker (weighs over 100 lbs), but has wheels and can be moved easily.. The pit has a water pan to keep the meat moist and It has a small door in the back to add water without losing a lot of heat.It's well worth the investment. I cooked a Boston butt, chicken thighs, bacon, full rack of ribs, mac and cheese all on my first run with this smoker. I was also surpised as how quickly it cooked, I was assuming that the offset/in-direct cook would take much longer. I plan to use the sausage hooks that mount to the ceiling of the smoker this weekend.
July 26, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Bigsarge Fairy good for the Price.
Just like everyone else I had a problem with the door and Leakage. Home Depot do not carry the Items needed to seal the pit tho I would like to see them carry them. Mine was shipped to my home. it wasn't packaged very well inside foam was broken in several places. Lucky I was home because the UPS driver did not have a dolly to get it off the truck. The Box had large hole in the bottom. I ordered the Sealer and tape from an online store and waited until it arrived to put the smoker together. I sealed and placed gasket as I erected it, so I did not have to take anything apart later. Hopefully you can see in the picture where I had to apply the seal and gasket to include the water door. The seal around the fire box door did not hold up very well during seasoning. I have not used it for cooking yet and plain to paint the sealed areas. 5 stars if it came sealed, leak proof and with a free smoking cook book.
June 27, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5Â by edic109 Trailmaster Vertical Smoker
Have had Brinkmann horizontal smoker +10 years excellent product and durable, kids bought vertical for Father's Day worst piece of construction seen , seems wide open on top and bottom large 1/8" gap entire door. After initial seasoning burn (controlled) grate totally warped and melted. Very happy with old Brinkmann product , new Chinese manufacturing pitiful can no longer or will I recommend Brinkmann. Have pictures t send Brinkmann but no process or access to
July 3, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Kenman The Brinkmann Vertical Trailmaster Smoker is Worth More than just Look!!
Overall I am pleased with the Brinkmann Vertical Trailmaster Smoker. I have only had it for about a month but I have already smoked a pork loin roast, a spiral cut ham, and a couple turkey breasts. I searched for a while looking for a vertical cooking chamber smoker that also had a large fire box, all while being priced affordably.
The unit arrived nicely packaged with all the hardware needed. Assembly went smoothly and I discovered a nice Water fill Door on the back of the unit that is not stated in the description, it saves a lot of heat loss when topping off the water pan. The unit easily achieved 250Â° for the curing, 400Â° was not going to happen in the cooking chamber but easily got it that high in the charcoal box.
There are, like almost every smoker under $500, a couple mods I recommend:
1 - High temp silicon sealant on all the joints. . I used Red Devil high temp RTV, it worked well and is food rated. Cover the sealant with wax paper and lightly close the doors, let cure and remove the wax paper, now you have an air-tight gasket around all doors
2 â Mount latches on the upper/lower corners of the cooking chamber door. The unit has one central latch that doesn't pull the corners in enough allowing some heat and smoke to escape. JB Weld works nice and you don't need to drill more holes.
3 - Upgrade the charcoal grate. Mine buckled under the heat of my first smoke and as a result I had trouble keeping cooking temps up.
4 - Make a charcoal basket. It keeps your charcoal away from the walls of the box extending the life, and makes it easy to shake the ash down and out of the coals to keep oxygen feeding the coals and keeping your temps where they should be. Â¾â x 24â x 24â expanded metal is $20 at Home Depot, a little snipping and bending is all that is required.
After the above mods: One basket full, about 4 lbs of charcoal ( 3/4 lump & 1/4 briquette) easily mantained 235Â° for 3 hours:)))
A couple mods and just a little time, for around $300 I have a smoker that is ready for whatever I throw in it for years to come.
April 22, 2013