Char-griller Duo with SFB

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by newnavysmoker, Dec 30, 2013.


  1. Hey all. I have been doing a lot of searching on this site. Lots of great info on mods. I have a CG duo and the wife just got me the SFB for Xmas. I have lowered the stack and have two thermometers I'm placing in the cook chamber tomorrow. My question is about a deflector ate from the SFB to the cook chamber. A lot of you I saw use the charcoal tray flipped upside down. But then there is No room for a drip pan. does anyone have suggestions? I still want to be able to use it for regular charcoal grilling should I be feeling froggy. at Lowes i was looking at the sheet metal there and asking them to cut me a sheet. Just curious what otheres used and on a budget. I am still adding a rope seal around the cook chamber. Ill post pics as I finish up the mm ods this week.

    Any advice would be very much appreciated.

     
  2. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The upside down grate doesn't work unless you drill holes in it. I got SFB for Xmas also
    but I ordered from Horizon the 16" convection plate. But until that comes I took two desposible cookie sheets ( $6) bent one 45 degrees and placed on bottom of the grill so that it covers the opening in FB then I poked
    holes in the other one and put it next to it
    A loaf pan full of water on top and replaced the grates.. also glued gasket to left and right
    Of the lid . Made baby backs on it using 2-2-1
    Method OMG
    PS I like were you put your chimney extension on the othe side of the grill to make
    It a reverse flow you stole my idea lol
    Good job
     
  3. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yes it is I made a cardboard template to make
    Sure the 16 inch would fit. And it should like a glove . I called them an they're said two weeks we will see
     
  4. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I am going to ace hardware they sell a package of firebrick 6 for 25$
    Reg brick wrapped in foil is too thick and they
    Will crack after awhile
     
  5. I finished a few of the mods today. Time to start playing with temp control.

    Here's a few pics.

     

  6. I ran out of hi temp paint. So I will finish that later on.

    I may order one of those plate If this doesn't work out.

    Everyone please let me know what you think and ideas for other improvements.
     
  7. I also just got the SFB for my Duo this past Christmas.  I like your mods.  What did you use to hold the rope gasket with?  I've seen that others have simply glued it to the side of the cooking chamber, but I like your idea better.  Also, what size vent tube did you use?  I'm ready to get my mods done so I can fire the bad boy up and do some ribs and pork butts!!!
     
  8. To hold the gasket i just used two 1/2 " pieces of angle iron bolted together.as for the vent tube i used a 3 " tube.
     
  9. Thanks NewNavySmoker.  I'm gonna have to take that idea myself and put it to use this coming weekend.
     
  10. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well I just got my 16 inch convection plate from horizon even though I measured and even made a cardboard mock up.. It's a little tight!! I had to take out the screws that hold the top rack in but it fits on a slight angle . I have a fire birch holding it up to the sfb. Can't wait to test it out this weekend. Will post pic
    When I break it in.. My duo is compete!!!
     
  11. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    So here is my convection plate update. So a 22 1/2 inch plate doesn't really fit in the duo's
    22 inch belly. So I had my friend trim it down to 21 inches .
    Pretty sweet! Now I'm not sure if I'm going to add fire bricks to raise it over the opening of the SFB or just bolt on on flap to cover it.
    What do you think?
     
  12. dish

    dish Meat Mopper Group Lead

    I've flipped the charcoal tray over and hung it so it was just above the SFB opening and it works great.  I just drilled two holes on each end to hook the hangers into.  I can maintain a temp on each end of the CC with a 5 - 10* difference.
     
  13. danbono

    danbono Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hi Did you have to drill any holes in the charcoal tray?
     
  14. dish

    dish Meat Mopper Group Lead

    I only drilled two holes on each end so I could hook the hangers when it was flipped over.  I didn't want to drill holes all over the charcoal tray because I still want to use it to actually collect ash when I grill.  I can take a picture if you want.
     
  15. danbono

    danbono Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hi First I'm going to try to cover the grate that the charcaol sits on with foil and make some holes thur the foil..If that does not work I will drill some holes in the charcaol tray.

    Thanks Dan
     
  16. dish

    dish Meat Mopper Group Lead

    Have you tried doing a dry smoke by just using the charcoal tray flipped? 
     
  17. danbono

    danbono Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hi I think I tried it that way one time, kept the temps down. They were pretty even, side to side, but the temps were on the low side.

    Thanks Dan
     
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2014
  18. dish

    dish Meat Mopper Group Lead

    Are you using a charcoal basket in your firebox? I'm using a grilling wok which let's me stack more lump/charcoal to keep my temps between 220-240*in 20*weather
     
  19. danbono

    danbono Master of the Pit OTBS Member

      This what I have for tuning plates..Kinda thin metal


    Hi I did make a Charcaol basket for the fire box.


    Thanks Dan
     
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2014

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