Maiden voyage for the new CharGriller 8125

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by smokeymose, Mar 12, 2016.

  1. smokeymose

    smokeymose Master of the Pit

    Brought it out to the patio from the garage this morning and fired it up to season it in.
    After playing with the vent and stack for a while the manufacturing/shipping gunk seemed to have all burned off.
    Well, the Mrs had a chuckie marinating for dinner and I stole it and tossed in the smoker around 1:00. 😏
    This is my first go around with a "stick" burner and I'm having a ball. Watch the temps, throw in some lump and wood every so often and open another Bud. My kind of Saturday....
    Chuckie's stalling at 135 now. Finished and sliced pics later. Hoping the rain holds off LOL

    Dan
     
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  2. smokeymose

    smokeymose Master of the Pit

    Well, it's done!
    Let it rest for 1/2 hr & sliced.
    Tender & juicy. I think this smoker & I have a lot of good times ahead...

    Dan. 😊
     
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  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Nice job Dan!

    First time with a new smoker and an excellent result shows your expertise.

    Points!!

    Al
     
  4. Looks good, how do you like the smokerDan? I was looking at this model is it sealed good as far as keeping the smoke in? Also how are the temp swings in this smoker?
     
  5. smokeymose

    smokeymose Master of the Pit

    No expertise to it, Al! Dumb Luck, probably...and a lot of reading up on this site and elsewhere.
    Thank you for the point!

    Dan
     
  6. smokeymose

    smokeymose Master of the Pit

    I like it a lot, Ace. At only $299, compared with the $199 CharGriller, it's almost like it was from a different manufacturer. I used Permatex red during assembly for some areas (see my recent post "New Char-Griller side box". There's a little leakage around the doors but not enough to worry about on the big one. The firebox has a couple of gaps at the cleanout door I may address.
    I haven't taken the time to check the temp swings yet. The Maverick at grate level about 2/3 of the way from the fire read consistently 40 degrees higher than the supplied door thermometer at only about 8" away. No surprise there! The front mounted shelf is great to work from, and it just lifts off if you want. There's also a cover you can get that's specifically made for the model. Connecting the firebox to the chamber is a two person job btw!
    All in all, I'm very satisfied.
    Dan
     
  7. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great color on your chuckie! Looking forward to more tasty smokes off your new smoker!Thumbs Up
     
  8. smokeymose

    smokeymose Master of the Pit

    Thanks, B. I can't wait to fill up all that cooking space. With the MB gasser I had to cut slabs of ribs in half to make them fit.
     
  9. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great first smoke on the new rig, Dan. I would love some of that!

    Points for breaking in a new one.

    Disco
     
  10. smokeymose

    smokeymose Master of the Pit

    Thank you, Disco!
     

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