Char Griller - Beating a dead horse

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by whitesox1837, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. whitesox1837

    whitesox1837 Newbie

    Hi all,

    I bought the Char Griller Pro from Menards this spring and so far its worked okay.  I have only been using it to BBQ w/o a SFB and have had no problems so far.  I was using my Weber Kettle for grilling and such but had to retire it.  Today I am making a beer can chicken on the Char Griller but I cannot get the temp to go over 275 no matter how much charcoal I throw on.  When I first bought the grill I noticed a lot of smoke spilling out of the sides and the chimney.  I sealed the chimney with sealer and bought 3/4 inch hosing to seal the sides but apparently the size was too big as I could not get the vent to close more than halfway with it on. :p  I didn't worry about it as I was not having any trouble maintain 250 degrees but now its a problem.  Can anyone tell me what size tubing I should use, if that is even the best way to do seal the sides?

    I realize this has been covered countless times on countless sites but I am looking for some specifics.

  2. whitesox1837

    whitesox1837 Newbie

    Also, I assume where I saw the smoke leaking out of the sides is where the heat is escaping from.  Am I correct in assuming this?  Chickens been on for two hours now but the chicken temp in only 130 degrees.
  3. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    They aren't the greatest, but they make a decent smoker.  You are not using it as a smoker really, you are just trying to smoke on a grill.  As grills go, it is a large grill and it takes a lot of fuel to run that thing.  Even with the SFB, a common knock on offsets is that they are less fuel efficient and require more fire tending than some other types.  For beginners this can be a good thing because you learn a lot about fire control and general smoking skills.You can get good cooks off that, but it will take more work, more fuel and a few mods to do it.  Check the search tool and you will see all sorts of ideas that have worked for other people.

    Good luck and good smoking.

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