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Char-Griller 5050 Duo Gas-and-Charcoal Grill

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Pros: Cheap

Cons: Cheap

Weird, my original review of this from a few years ago has dissapeared. 


Anyways, It's a nice set up for the backyard, half grill / half smoker.  I bought the sidefirebox for it.


The grill is great, it gets up to about 650 here in Denver.  If I turn the middle burner off and the two sideburners on low I think it runs at 250.


The smoker is cheap and needs a lot of help. 


First off i went to home depot and bought two pieces of the expanded metal maybe 24" x 12".  I laid them out in a plus symbol, marked the edges, and pounded/folded them into big U shapes. Then I put the two of them together to form a toples cube and hooked them together with some little L brackets and had myself a very effective charcoal box. 


Then I bought a small water heater blanket and chopped it up and silver foil taped the edges and wrapped the chamber with it to keep the heat in.


Then I bought some of the rope oven sealer and mounted that into the door so that when it was closed it didnt leak so much smoke out.


Then I put in another level below the grll grate level and filled it with soapstone chunks.  I had one big piece of soapstone that I put against the firewall side and it actually works like a reverse flow now.  Soapstone has very interesting thermal properties and holds heat very well.


Then i said screw it and put in a nano-q, it works awesome..  Oh yeah and I have a propane burner mounted in there for preheat as well.   


And now that I have it all modded out, I am ready to build my own reverse flow, so it needs to find a new home.


Before I did all of this it was terrible, sealed like a screen door, couldnt control temps, made some nasty-ass bbq.




Pros: good construction, affordable

Cons: Sidebox separate, leaks some

I bought this in 2010 with the idea that I could do both gas and smoke. Overall is has been a very good unit. I left it outside all the time and never covered it, moved 3 times with it and I still use it to this day. It's not finally coming to the end of its days, all and all I got my moneys worth out of it.


Pros: versatile smoker with a gas grill, best of both worlds in one package

Cons: very cheap materials - does not last for long due to rust

Let me start by saying this was my favorite grill of all time and I currently own a PRIMO Oval XL. I also had the small offset smoker attachment which in my mind is essential for this rig.With a side burner you really couldn't ask for much more in a grill: Gas, charcoal direct, charcoal indirect, smoker and a side burner? fantastic! Everyone who owns one of these will inevitably experience serious rust to the point of the grill almost falling apart before your very eyes.  It will happen.  Until then, you will have one of the most versatile grill setups out there. Since they are fairly cheap, one could almost make the argument that you could just keep buying a new on every 3-4 years I suppose.


Pros: low cost, great value

Cons: needs a table to prepare your meat, etc.

great value for the money. the thermometer is accurate.  I just wish it offered a table for extra room that is needed.


Pros: large, gas and q's, smoker, side burner,

Cons: paint

before use read the book, pre treat the grills as described. Then get serious on smokin some ribs. The fat and smoke will cure your grills perfect. make sure you swap gills from the gas side as well for smokin, by doing this they are now 2 years old and all I have to do it light it up give it a quick brush and they look like the day I bought them. I have never had anything stick to them except and occasional chicken skin if the grill gets to hot. The legs are just starting to show a few rust spots so this summer I will clean it up and repaint the legs with some good paint. (If you paint the outside of the cookin box or anything else that gets hot make sure you get the right paint for HIGH TEMP! consult the manufacture) By smokin first I believe i built up a good protection for my grill and it is in excellent shape. I also paid the $40 bucks for the custom cover and use it. I do not use the gas much except if I want a fast burger or warm up some leftovers. Do not forget to buy the smoke box you will love it.


Pros: does everything the small back yard BBQ'er needs to do

Cons: Rust easy and cover sucks

I have had this for this for 4 years and added the fire box to smoke with right away when I bought it too. You can smoke a couple of big butts or a medium bird on this thing. I am very impressed. As for the gas grill the pins rusted out and I had to weld new ond in to keep my burner up and level. I had to also steel brush and use grill paint a couple of times a year, but I use this thing a lot.It is my second kitchen, Enjoy!!!


Pros: Gas & Charcoal in one, smoke box

Cons: cover sucks

Great BBQ.  I got mine about 2 years ago as a compromise to my wife.  She doesn't want to wait for charcoal BBQ and I don't like to cook on the gas.  The offset smoke box is a great add-on, I smoked a great turkey this year using it.  I use the side burner to light my coals and that is quick and easy to use.


My only complaint is the cover that Char-Griller sells.  Yes, it doesn't come with it but it does fit perfectly over the grill.  HOWEVER, it sucks and you will have to replace it every year.  I don't store my grill in direct sunlight but it will get destroyed over the 


Pros: Cooking options - smoke, gas, charcoal

Cons: Some thin pieces are rusting after a few years

Bought the duo for the dual cooking capability. Added the smoker box later. Did the smoker grate mod. I'm considering a propane mod if I can get a handle on the rusted side burner and various other spots. This unit has everything I need and want.


Pros: solid construction, large, easy to ignite

Cons: no back stop

have only had this Duo grill for a short time, but have used the gas side a lot. it lights quickly, heats up fast and stays hot! the only problem with this grill is there is no back stop so you have to be careful or you will slide your burgers, chicken, whatever right off the back


also just got the side firebox for this thing and will be using it to smoke all kinds of stuff. just seasoned the charcoal side and it held the heat for a god while and it got up to almost 500 degrees with just a small stack of coals (and a smaller stack in the side box)


only bad things about this grill is the documentation from the manufacturer and that it takes way longer to put together than 45 minutes, even with a helper. no back lip to keep stuff from falling off the back of the grill


dont buy the cover for this thing or any cover from char-griller, they are crap, fade way too soon, tear way too easy, and are too expensive

Char-Griller 5050 Duo Gas-and-Charcoal Grill

Every grill lover's dream! Charcoal and gas grilling all in one grill! The Char-Griller Duo provides 1,260 sq. in. of BBQ grilling and smoking space. Add the side fire box for great Texas smoking. Side Fire Box not included.

BindingLawn & Patio
FeatureMeasures 60 by 25 by 50 inches; 1-year limited warranty
Height13 inches
Length48 inches
Width21.5 inches
List Price$499.99
Product GroupLawn & Patio
TitleChar-Griller 5050 Duo Gas-and-Charcoal Grill
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