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A Review On: Char-Griller 5050 Duo Gas-and-Charcoal Grill

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.




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