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Char-Griller 1224 Smokin Pro 830 Square Inch Charcoal Grill with Side Fire Box

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #11 in Direct Flow


Pros: Large cooking area, easy on the wallet

Cons: Lots of mods needed to work effectively, thin gauge metal, bottom shelf cannot hold much weight, poor grease managment

This smoker was my first smoker when I started several years ago.  I got interested in smoking after having Thanksgiving at a colleague's house where he served Turkey cooked on his Treager.  I loved the taste and wanted to dip my toe in the smoky waters.  I was not about to drop over a thousand on a Treager to start out.  After shopping around (and not at the time knowing there are a lot of great smokers not in the big box retail market) I went with the Smokin' pro.


Out of the box I had very inconsistent temperatures across the smoker, inadequate space for the charcoal or wood to burn before ash became an issue, and a difficult time controlling the heat level.  I'll give the smoker the benefit of the doubt that my inexperience was likely the primary cause of heat control.


To get the smoker workable, I found the following mods to be mandatory (searching on SMF will find several member's implementations of these mods):

1.  Extend the smoke chimney to grate level

2.  Create a heat distribution plate, or flip the charcoal tray inside the main chamber and slide all the way over above the firebox opening.

3.  Create a charcoal basket and support structure so that there is room for ash underneath it.


The mods above and some experience yielded about 3 years of operation in which I was very happy with the product and the quality of the foods it produced.   I had to repaint the firebox after every other cook, and repaint the cooking chamber lid once or twice a year to keep the rust away.  After about 3 years, it started to consistently leak grease out of both ends of the smoker.  I could have re-sealed it but it was a little worse for wear and decided it was time to move on.


In summary, this is a budget smoker that doesn't kill the checkbook.  You can't expect it to perform like an insulated unit or a thick-gauge built-like-a-tank model so comparing this smoker to them isn't a fair comparison.  You will have some work to do, both in modding it to work properly, as well as maintaining it as it starts to loosen up and fall apart.  If you are willing to do the work, you can get some great food out of this budget stick/charcoal burner.


Pros: Versatile

Cons: High Maintanance

I enjoy this grill/smoker.  I originally bought just the grill without the side firebox but after reading more about grilling I realized I wanted to smoke more than grill so I made the purchase of the side firebox.  I struggled with maintaining temperatures on the thing but some of it was weather related as I now realize.  You have to make mods to the unit to maximize its potential so plan on about $50-$100 worth of costs and a few hours of time to mod it.  That being said, for $250 with mods this is a good sized smoker/grill making it a great value.  Some of the changes are extending the stack, adding thermometers (as the one with it sucks), replacing charcoal grates and sealing doors and holes.  The construction is pretty solid, mostly, and the cast iron cooking grates in both the grill and side fire box are great and will outlast the grill.  For a beginning unit it is great and if you have limited space or resources for your grilling/smoking hobby it is a good deal.



Pros: low temp slow cooking & huge grilling area

Cons: i cant walk past it with out smilling smoked meat and wanting to stick my face inside it.

I did a bit of research b4 i got this grill.  The rotisserie won't attach with the fire box on the side, which is some thing i couldn't find out untill i was home and setting it up. 

This is a great medium size smoker.  Lots of grill space, and the smoker box makes for easy slow and long smoked meals, as well as a hot grill side.  I got mine at Low es, and got a real good price on it, and the fire box attachment. 

I've only been smoking for about 2 years now, but LOVE IT, and so does my family.  I can even get a pretty good smoke in my Webber now. =)


Pros: 2010 ROOKIE



Char-Griller 1224 Smokin Pro 830 Square Inch Charcoal Grill with Side Fire Box

The Smokin' Pro is a professional grade grill offering more features than many grills twice it's price. Used by professional BBQ'ers and backyard enthusiasts, it is the most versatile grill on the market. Cooks love its huge grilling area (830 Sq In) and side fire box (250 Sq In) for smoking your favorite meats. The cast iron grates give you an even heat and sears your meat to lock in the flavor. Our adjustable ash pan makes it easy to control the heat and clean out your ashes. Just think, no more tipping over the grill to clean out the ashes! The heavy gauge steel construction and double bottom will give you years of dependable use. Features a built in heat gauge, airtight flanged hood, and 2 shelves. Rotisserie and warming rack adaptable.

BindingLawn & Patio
FeatureGrill measures 62 by 29 by 50 inches and weighs 146 pounds; limited 1-year warranty
Height50 inches
Length62 inches
Width29 inches
List Price$279.99
Package Quantity1
Product GroupLawn & Patio
TitleChar-Griller 1224 Smokin Pro 830 Square Inch Charcoal Grill with Side Fire Box
Release Date2005-06-08
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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