[gardeners] Brinkman smoker = FIRE HAZARD! wuz: Question about Smokers

Greg Park (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Wed, 21 Jul 1999 10:50:05 -0700

>Tantrika wrote:
>> We just got a Brinkman's smoke'ngrill and are wondering if in smoking
>> safe on a wooden deck?  It's a brand new smoker and we are ordering some
>> books on smokers but we were curious because we want to find a "place"
>> it today.....

If this is the same brinkman smoker that I own, DO NOT use it on a wooden
deck.  The model I have looks like an oil drum that stands on end and is
open on the bottom...(it is not like most other oil drum smokers that are
split in half and is supported by legs)

On this model, there are two pans, one larger one on the bottom for the
charcoal, and a second one above the bottom one, where you put

When you fill the bottom up with charcoal, it of course gets extremely hot
and will radiate enough heat downwards to scorch your deck.  I use mine on
top of our roof deck and have burned the roof in multiple places (don't tell
my apt manager!!!!)  I then thought it was the paint and fiberglass that
burned too easily so I wrapped a piece of pine board in foil and put the
Brinkman atop it.  Another bad move...I came up to find it scorched and
about to catch fire after about 15 minutes.

I know others may not be familiar with this type of smoker.  But take if
from someone who has one....Be careful!!

Aside from that, the thing works GREAT!  Near impossible to overcook a
salmon when the middle pan is filled with beer!

Best regards,