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nascarchuck
03-23-2008, 05:25 PM
What mods have you made to your Chargriller grills/smokers?

I have a SuperPro w/ sfb.

Mods already made:

Extended the stack to grate level using flex hose.
Lined the bottom of the grill/smoker with aluminum printing platesFuture mods include:

Raising the coal grate in the sfb to allow me to remove the drawer and dump the ashes.
Build a coal basket
Possibly installing a thermometer at grate level

PigCicles
03-23-2008, 05:51 PM
I don't have the larger Pro series, just the duo. Which I haven't done a lot of mods to, but have a few done.

I have made a charcoal basket

http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t38/PigCicles/PICT0824.jpg

Originally I turned the charcoal grate over and used it for a baffle, which worked pretty well. But liking to tinker a bit I put in a baffle and tuning plates which I don't have the pics for right now. But I'll try to get a few.

I need to lower the stack to grate level. I just haven't taken the time to do that.

Also I've been thinking of using some ceramic plates in the cooking chamber to insulate the heat back into the cooking area. Do those aluminum plates help much?

nascarchuck
03-23-2008, 06:09 PM
Do those aluminum plates help much?


I did it because some of the other guys at work have done it (monkey see, monkey do :roflmaoha0: ). Supposedly helps with the bottom rusting out. We'll see... Figger that it can't hurt to try it.

Bbq Bubba
03-23-2008, 08:21 PM
Future mods include:

Raising the coal grate in the sfb to allow me to remove the drawer and dump the ashes.
Build a coal basket
Possibly installing a thermometer at grate levelChuck, you do these few mods, especially the basket, you'll have yourself a top notch smoker!! :msn-wink:

peculiarmike
03-28-2008, 10:51 AM
I'm like PigCicles, have the C-G Duo.
Made a charcoal basket. Lowered the stack intake to grate level with 4" dryer duct. Flipped the charcoal pan, which works OK.
Not a "premium smoker", but it is OK for "small smokes", I don't use it for big stuff or long smokes. Thing leaks smoke/heat a good bit. Guess a little work in those areas might give a decent improvement.
Wonder about putting 12" x 12" ceramic tiles in the bottom???? Not sure anything would get better.

DaveT
01-18-2009, 01:15 PM
http://www.theqjoint.com/forum/picture.php?pictureid=46&albumid=17&dl=1232300698&thumb=1 ( I cant figure out how to make the picture bigger)

I read your post about the Chargriller mods. After a lot of trial and error this is the best set up for one that I have found.

If you can tell by the picture I bought 2 thermometers and placed them just below the grates. (The original thermometer is a POS.) This insures the temp at the grate to be accurate. I had them just above the grate and I lost 2 inches of grate space, hense the silver plugs beside the lifting handle.

I have tried different baffles in the cooking chamber and the best one I come up with is a 14 ga stainless plate. If memory is correct it is about 17" wide and 11" long. It forces all the heat and smoke clear across the cooking chamber below the grates keeping both thermometers the same temp for an even heat. (I tried different lengths and this one worked the best for me)

I too removed the sbc grate and put in a charcoal rack in its place.

I added a piece of rolled steel tube into the chimney to bring it down to about 1" from the grate.

A basket is a necessity also. It works great for indirect heat in the main cooking chamber. You will use less charcoal and the heat stays more constant.

I always line my Chargriller with a couple layers aluminum foil and add a thick layer of sand (at least 2 inches) to the bottom of the cooking chamber to retain the heat. When sand gets hot it stays hot, no loss of temp. It also makes clean up a lot easier too. I can keep a constant 200~225 for a couple hours easy before adding a handful of charcoal or some wood.

I hope this helps.....

DaveT
01-18-2009, 01:16 PM
http://www.theqjoint.com/forum/picture.php?pictureid=46&albumid=17&dl=1232300698&thumb=1

I read your post about the Chargriller mods. After a lot of trial and error this is the best set up for one that I have found.

If you can tell by the picture I bought 2 thermometers and placed them just below the grates. (The original thermometer is a POS.) This insures the temp at the grate to be accurate. I had them just above the grate and I lost 2 inches of grate space, hense the silver plugs beside the lifting handle.

I have tried different baffles in the cooking chamber and the best one I come up with is a 14 ga stainless plate. If memory is correct it is about 17" wide and 11" long. It forces all the heat and smoke clear across the cooking chamber below the grates keeping both thermometers the same temp for an even heat. (I tried different lengths and this one worked the best for me)

I too removed the sbc grate and put in a charcoal rack in its place.

I added a piece of rolled steel tube into the chimney to bring it down to about 1" from the grate.

A basket is a necessity also. It works great for indirect heat in the main cooking chamber. You will use less charcoal and the heat stays more constant.

I always line my Chargriller with a couple layers aluminum foil and add a thick layer of sand (at least 2 inches) to the bottom of the cooking chamber to retain the heat. When sand gets hot it stays hot, no loss of temp. It also makes clean up a lot easier too. I can keep a constant 200~225 for a couple hours easy before adding a handful of charcoal or some wood.

I hope this helps.....

DaveT
01-18-2009, 01:25 PM
One more thing, I clicked on the thumbnail on PeticularMikes post and saw he has the basket sitting the the original charcoal grate in the sbc. You dont really need a basket for there, you just need to put a piece of expanded in place of the grate. This keeps your heat closer to the cooking chamber and you will use a lot less charcoal or wood. I do have to disagree about not being able to do long smokes on the CG, if done properly you can smoke on it for 24 hrs and only use about 2 bags of charcoal and keep constant heat.

Smokin Bill
01-18-2009, 05:42 PM
I had one and made it work pretty dang good. I fashioned some wire coat hangers to wrap around the side rails of the grates so as to hold up those foil cookie sheets you can pick up at the grocery store. Made for a nice cleanup and made the heat stay low and roll around the sides of the sheets. Temp was pretty even across the cook surface. And I did what you already did and lowered the stack to grate level.

http://inlinethumb08.webshots.com/41735/2851265230101870711S600x600Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2851265230101870711gHULlx)

http://inlinethumb10.webshots.com/37513/2691739640101870711S600x600Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2691739640101870711cjOdBm)

Shot of hanger
http://inlinethumb44.webshots.com/20587/2611183150101870711S600x600Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2611183150101870711KveOZY)

Detail of bends
http://inlinethumb63.webshots.com/44350/2691771720101870711S600x600Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2691771720101870711tAILLF)

http://inlinethumb14.webshots.com/21581/2550651070101870711S600x600Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2550651070101870711dOhcRC)

peculiarmike
01-19-2009, 09:21 PM
One more thing, I clicked on the thumbnail on PeticularMikes post and saw he has the basket sitting the the original charcoal grate in the sbc. You dont really need a basket for there, you just need to put a piece of expanded in place of the grate. This keeps your heat closer to the cooking chamber and you will use a lot less charcoal or wood. I do have to disagree about not being able to do long smokes on the CG, if done properly you can smoke on it for 24 hrs and only use about 2 bags of charcoal and keep constant heat.

Dave, mine is the Duo, like PigCicles. A bit smaller than the regular CG. It's "OK". I use it when I need more capacity. It is also ideal for cold smoking cheese.

SmokyOkie
01-19-2009, 10:19 PM
What mods have you made to your Chargriller grills/smokers?

I have a SuperPro w/ sfb.

Mods already made:

Extended the stack to grate level using flex hose.
Lined the bottom of the grill/smoker with aluminum printing plates

Future mods include:

Raising the coal grate in the sfb to allow me to remove the drawer and dump the ashes.
Build a coal basket
Possibly installing a thermometer at grate level




What are aluminum printing plates? Got any pix, and where do you get them?

Has anybody seen the Smokin' Outlaw model, and if so, how does it stack up performance wise?

Smokin Bill
01-19-2009, 11:09 PM
What are aluminum printing plates? Got any pix, and where do you get them?

Has anybody seen the Smokin' Outlaw model, and if so, how does it stack up performance wise?

You would get them from a local commercial printer.

SmokyOkie
01-20-2009, 10:28 AM
You would get them from a local commercial printer.

Yeah, but what do they look like?

Smokin Bill
01-20-2009, 11:56 AM
Yeah, but what do they look like?

Well the printer will be able to identify them for you but they are a dull aluminum plate that will have the image of what the plate printed etched on it. It will be a little thinner or about as thick as coil aluminum depending on the quality and run length of the plate material. Size depends on the size of the printing press it is intended for for example a 40" press which is pretty common, the plate will be about 41 X 32" ish.

nascarchuck
01-20-2009, 07:42 PM
Well the printer will be able to identify them for you but they are a dull aluminum plate that will have the image of what the plate printed etched on it. It will be a little thinner or about as thick as coil aluminum depending on the quality and run length of the plate material. Size depends on the size of the printing press it is intended for for example a 40" press which is pretty common, the plate will be about 41 X 32" ish.

Smokin Bill knows what he's talkin about!

I got them when I worked at the newspaper. The ones that I got were waste plates meaning they were unused because of some sort of a defect. They didn't have any chemical coating on them.

I am guessing that our plates were about .050 thick and flexible.

Tried to google for info, but it's hard to find.

Smokin Bill
01-20-2009, 08:32 PM
Smokin Bill knows what he's talkin about!

I was in the business for more than 30 years.:msn-wink:

nascarchuck
01-20-2009, 08:49 PM
I was in the business for more than 30 years.:msn-wink:

20 years here. I just got out a few months ago. I repaired Goss Offsets. Had 4 presses, each with 9 units of Headliners and 2 Colorliner 4 high towers.

Now I repair box makin machines. I think that I liked the printing better!

Smokin Bill
01-20-2009, 09:02 PM
20 years here. I just got out a few months ago. I repaired Goss Offsets. Had 4 presses, each with 9 units of Headliners and 2 Colorliner 4 high towers.

Now I repair box makin machines. I think that I liked the printing better!

I started in junior high school running a press/duplicator for the school. Continued in production, camera, stripper, some bindery to help out; then went into management. I became sort of the Lee Iacocca of printing companies. Took one company from 2mm/year to 15mm in about 7 years. Presses were Heidelberg's, Crossfield Image Assembler for computer stripping, stripped on Bacher Tables.

nascarchuck
01-20-2009, 09:07 PM
I started in junior high school running a press/duplicator for the school. Continued in production, camera, stripper, some bindery to help out; then went into management. I became sort of the Lee Iacocca of printing companies. Took one company from 2mm/year to 15mm in about 7 years. Presses were Heidelberg's, Crossfield Image Assembler for computer stripping, stripped on Bacher Tables.


Cool... I wish that I would had done more stuff than just maint...