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  1. #1
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    Default basic duo mods started

    Got the mods started today. Added larger tires to both ends to make it easier to move around. Lowe's assembly was poor at best. Not convinced CG's build much better. I loosened everything and squared things up the best I could. When I tried to run the new axle through, I found that the two outer holes on the legs lined up with each other, and the two inner holes lined up with each other, but the inner didn't line up with outer. When I ran the axle through one side, it was about two inches high when it got to the other side. That explains why the original wheels looked knock-kneed--they had to bend the axle to put it through the holes. I ended up wallering out the outer holes a bit to get things to line up.

    Only three tmeters, 'cause that's all I could find in town. (Lowe's, HD, Academy, Wallyworld, Ace, Target) Lots of empty shelves. Will add the 4th when somebody gets them in stock. Aligned them so 225 is straight up.

    I still want to add the stove gasket to the edges to try to get a better seal. Playing around in my head with a collapsible shelf, so the cover will still go on.

    Fired it up after putting it back together. Things had gotten a "bit" moist during the process. One burner on the gas side doesn't light. I'll have to check into that when it warms back up.

    UDS #2
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    Nice looking tires. I need to get some like that for my CG. I can't believe the axle holes were that out of whack. It was probably built @ 3:00 on a Friday before a 3 day weekend.
    Those are pretty good looking thermos, nice placement. Didja calibrate them?
    (check them in boiling water, should be (100C/212F)
    I still need to seal up my CGSP. I've been eyeballing this oven gasket that has a flange on it that I could rivet to the smoker to give it a good seal. I wish CG would pay more attention to customer feedback. They really don't have to do much more to a decent smoker to make it a great smoker.
    See, I didn't think you were as lazy as you claim, unless you did all these mods wit a beer in one hand, from a recliner...
    ~Brian~
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    Great job on the tires!!!

    Also like the therms, that is exactly what I did and you will be surprised on the difference reading!!! When you get around to it during a burn laid a probe in there on the rack near the food and compare temp off digital probe vs. your door therms. That will dial ya right in!!!
    MEMBER: BERGIE BBQ team 2011, 2012.




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    That's looking real good. I bought a smoker from Lowe's a few years back pre-assembled and must agree with you. Their assembly of the thing left a lot to be desired.

    I hope you get to fire that beauty up soon!
    Kev
    GOSM 3405
    UDS - One of a set of twins
    Custom Stick Burner - "Latifah".....(yeah, she's big and beautiful)
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    Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.
    -Mae West

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    Quote Originally Posted by BA_LoKo View Post
    That's looking real good. I bought a smoker from Lowe's a few years back pre-assembled and must agree with you. Their assembly of the thing left a lot to be desired.

    I hope you get to fire that beauty up soon!
    GOSM???


    My CG was preassembled by Menards, loosened and tighten everything up, if you walked by it it would sway on its legs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chargrilled View Post
    GOSM???


    My CG was preassembled by Menards, loosened and tighten everything up, if you walked by it it would sway on its legs.
    My GOSM came from Wal-Mart. My Chargriller came from Lowe's. I had to knock out the plate between the cooking chamber and the firebox. I guess the guys up there just need a bit more training.
    Kev
    GOSM 3405
    UDS - One of a set of twins
    Custom Stick Burner - "Latifah".....(yeah, she's big and beautiful)
    Certified KCBS Judge

    Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.
    -Mae West

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