Just finished CGSP mods!

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by fireguy, May 7, 2008.

  1. fireguy

    fireguy Smoking Fanatic

    Today I have been making more mods to the CGSP... thanks to smokinjoe and teeotee for the ideas... well here they are: added 3/4 inch angle accented with the 5/16 stove rope on the front and side. then in the back I rtv siliconed the rope along with a series of pop rivits to make sure it dont come loose (teeotee Thanks). Dont laugh at my metal fabricating skills [​IMG] , but then I cut the slots and holes in the coal grate for a cheap make shift baffle/tunningplate (smokingjoe Thanks). I did not follow those ideas to an exact tee, but close.
    Plan on fireing it up this weekend for a mothers day rib rack smoke... will post my results. thanks again fellas for the info.
    heres the pics!!!
  2. Looks good. Let us know how well it helps with heat distribution.
  3. waysideranch

    waysideranch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Don't be so hard on yourself. Fab looks fine. Bet it cooks just fine.
  4. smok'n steve

    smok'n steve Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks Great!

    Can't wait to see how you like it plus the Qview!!

  5. teeotee

    teeotee Smoking Fanatic

    Have to say fireguy .... looks good. I like the basket idea on the front edge .... good one [​IMG] . I'm wanting to add a bigger end shelf and front shelf. Now i may have to look at that basket idea for the front.

    Look forward to your opinion of how this mod works.
  6. fireguy

    fireguy Smoking Fanatic

    teeotee, hey bud mine came with the basket... I do love it though. It holds sauces and my sprayer just fine, also my oven mitts dont blow away if i stuff emin the basket. get on chargrillers web site think you can buy one for a bit of nothing. thanks
  7. teeotee

    teeotee Smoking Fanatic

    Will take a look at chargriller's site.

    I notice your lid fits as square as mine does [​IMG] .
  8. capt dan

    capt dan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice job on the mods, fireguy! I bet there will be a nice difference!
  9. smokin out the neighbors

    smokin out the neighbors Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I toolove the basket idea. Unfortunately, CG doesn't list it on their site. I emailed them with the pic atached to inquire about it. I'll let you know what they say.
  10. fireguy

    fireguy Smoking Fanatic

    sorry teeotee, I A$$-umed they would have it... they got everything else... sure if you look into it they will get ya one. though there are times that the shelf would be nice for setting platters on, but I have a table right next to mine most times.. let me know what you find out!!
  11. kookie

    kookie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great looking mods................Nice job.................
  12. crockadale

    crockadale Smoking Fanatic

    I bet they will be offering one soon...now that you shown them.
  13. chargrilled

    chargrilled Meat Mopper

    Great work with the mods. Have you already extended the smoke stack down?? That makes are huge difference in heat.

    If you plan on grilling again all you have to do is lace a full sheet of HD foil through your main chamber ash plate and clean up will be easier also.[​IMG]

    Good lookin mods, now that is 2 of you with the exterior flange with rope mod, going to have to get off my a$$ and do something about those side lid gaps ive got!!!!![​IMG]
  14. teeotee

    teeotee Smoking Fanatic

    Char, i'm sure firguy will back me up on this. That is really a fairly easy mod to do with minimal tools and an afternoon.

    I did check the cg website and found nothing there also. I do have a bunch of wire fencing material hanging around in a shed somewhere. Tempted to make me up a wire rack and hang it underneath the front shelf, best of both worlds [​IMG].
  15. crewcab4x4

    crewcab4x4 Smoking Fanatic

    Good job on the mods. I like the idea of the charcoal tray flipped upside down for the baffle.I have mine raised all the way up but not flipped over, and set a pan of water right beside the firebox opening. It seems to work ok I can usually keep the temp. witihin 10 - 20 deg. from one side to the other. My chargriller has the basket in the front to. I bought mine at menards all the rest I've seen everywhere else have the shelf in the front. I wanted more shelf space so I made a bigger shelf for the side and replaced the existing one.

  16. tmw611

    tmw611 Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    I also like the flange idea, and yours looks especially well done Fireguy, awesome job. I sealed mine with the rope using the high temp RTV. It made a huge difference especially in the wind, but it looks like crap. Gaps at the ends were huge. I will be doing the flange mod as I cant have the grill lookin bad.

  17. chargrilled

    chargrilled Meat Mopper

    tee, I agree as from both this post and yours the baby angle is bolted up so now it's just down to motivation!![​IMG]

    I also agree about the rack suspended off the existing front shelf, I dont know what I would do without that shelf!!![​IMG]
  18. fireguy

    fireguy Smoking Fanatic

    thanks guys!!!

    Chargrilled- I have done the stack extension mod, and a coal basket mod, along with a couple thermos... they are in another thread... but Ill stick em below so you can see em if ya wanted to.
    Teeotee- your right about easy... it only took me a few hours and that included running to menards for the supplies. I do like your idea about the basket under the tray... there have been a few times it would been handy to have a tray on the front.

    hell, im to excited to wait to the weekend, so im gonna do a trial run and throw some deer burgers on this afternoon. I hope it goes well, the other day.... pre mods I had a heck of a time staying cool enough. i only immagine it will be harder now, though it is a bit cooler and windy, well see!!!
  19. fireguy

    fireguy Smoking Fanatic

    well fired it up to see yesterday... everything worked well... the only thing is it is so much more efficiant that ill have to cut my wood down i think... instead of tbs....it looked like a locomotive blowing wicked heavy blue smoke out...didnt change anything else as far as wood or amt... do you think using smalled chunks will bring me back to the tbs, guess well see tommarow.
  20. teeotee

    teeotee Smoking Fanatic

    The one time i've used mine since adding the lip i had to have the sfb vent closed otherwise temp just kept climbing. Read on here somewhere yesterday that good airflow is needed to prevent white smoke which was the problem i had, unless i used one chunk at a time. I did notice that the meat i done had smoke flavor just not as much as i would of liked.

    I'm thinking use less charcoal and stick with a couple of chunks of wood and maybe vent 1/4 open, shall see how that works.

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