Stacey Reuben Mesa
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189
|Release # 94-121
Brinkmann Provides Free Kit For Charcoal
Washington, DC -- Over a million Brinkmann and
COOK'N CA'JUN charcoal water smokers distributed before 1993 have a hole in the charcoal
pan that can, if used over a flammable surface like a wooden deck, cause a fire. Use over
flammable surfaces is contrary to current warnings and instructions included with the
smokers. In addition, some of the metal brackets holding the water pan and/or grills on
these models have sharp edges that can cause cuts.
Today, Brinkmann, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC),
announced a program to give the owners of these charcoal water smokers a kit to close the
hole and reduce the fire risk. The kit also contains redesigned brackets to replace the
original ones. Although Brinkmann is fully confident in the safety and quality of its
charcoal water smokers, Brinkmann is voluntarily participating in this program to help
According to Brinkmann, charcoal water smokers typically have a charcoal pan with a hole
in it, a water pan in the middle of the unit, and grills for food on the water pan and at
the top. CPSC is investigating other brands of charcoal water smokers that may present a
similar risk of fire. CPSC views all charcoal water smokers that use exposed charcoal pans
with holes that may allow coals to fall out of the smoker as a potential fire risk, and is
seeking corrective action from other companies. CPSC will announce these actions at the
earliest possible time.
Since 1974, Brinkmann has recorded approximately 10 claims of fires allegedly involving
holes in the charcoal pan of Brinkmann smokers and 6 claims of cuts allegedly involving
the brackets of these charcoal water smokers.
To identify your charcoal water smoker, look for the names "Brinkmann" or
"COOK'N CA'JUN" on the top or body of the smoker. If either of these names
appear, check the charcoal pan at the bottom. If the pan has a hole, it is involved in
this program. Only Brinkmann and COOK'N CA'JUN water smokers manufactured before 1993 are
included in this program. These water smokers were sold by major retailers nationwide.
Charcoal water smokers manufactured after 1993, as well as Brinkmann Gourmet and COOK'N
CA'JUN S-80, and Brinkmann and COOK'N CA'JUN electric or gas water smokers are NOT
included in this program. These other models either don't have exposed charcoal pans or
have no charcoal pan at all.
Call Brinkmann at (800) 675-5301 for a free modification kit to close the hole in the pan
and to replace the sharp brackets.
Even after the hole is closed, to help reduce the risk of fire, do not operate the
charcoal water smoker on or near flammable surfaces.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of
consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a
product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's
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