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Char-Griller Duo Gas/Charcoal Grill

80% Positive Reviews
Rated #8 in Direct Flow


I think this is a good starter grill for the money, and I love the flexibility, as stated by others, in going gas or charcoal.  Also agree with the other reviewer who so eliquently (sp?) stated it seals like a screen door.  well put.  You still get smoke to the chamber, but it sure could be better.  I don't have any issues with the wheels, but I rarely move it - but can see where if you did, you'd have issues.


My biggest complaint is the size of wood that the firebox can handle.  Really small, and I end up using wood chunks vs. small logs.  I haven't had a huge issue with temp control as long as I check it every 10-15 minutes.  I usually have to add wood (since I'm using the smaller pieces) to keep heat up, and do OK with the air flow manipulating the cover on the stack and the "damper" dial on the side of the fire box.


I've already gone through two covers for it, and due to wind, have to wrap a series of bungees around it to keep it on.  No biggie as they fit under the side burner and side box for a good fit.  Seems to rust easy if I forget the cover, even though it appears to have some kind of protectant on it.  Make sure you season it per the mfgr's instructions!!


So, overall, I'm happy with it, it's lasted, few issues, but will most likely look for something bigger (grill area) for my smoking and will get a cheap gas unit for weekday grilling.


Pros: Cheap

Cons: Cheap

I was in the market for a Dave Klose when a friend of mine from TX recommended I start with something cheap first just to see if I liked it.  Picked this up at Kroger and mounted the side firebox.  It seals like a screen door, and any change in weather will knock it down.  I have mounted in an layer of lava rocks and water pan in the main chamber, and installed a burner under that as well.  I was thinking the lava rocks to help give it some mass, but they are really good at releasing heat, not keeping it.  Should have used a couple of bricks or pavers. It needs constant attention, and you can drive yourself nuts trying to keep up with it.  I thought of joining the two hoods with a pipe so that I could fire up the grill to provide heat to the smoker, but could never get that worked out in my head to my satisfaction.   All in all it has none of the characteristics you are looking for in a quality smoker.  But if you are on a budget you can do with it.  The propane grill side is great, has actual burners on it that will zip up to 600 degrees in a jiffy, but still no mass, so opening and shutting the grill is a pain, or just grilll with the lid open and deal. I am also planning on gettign some oven door sealer trim stuff, and maybe an insulated blankie for it.  And then buying a Klose anyways. But those Old Country bbq also look good.




Built a charcoal box, which works out awesome, provides good airflow and I can dump ashes through the slide out drawer in the bottom.  Also figured out that the lava rocks were not working for me, they release heat very well but dont hold it.  So I pulled the lava rocks out and replaced them with soapstone scraps and ends that I had broken down a bit.  I saved two big pieces and layed them out to create a tuning plate and get the heat further down toward the middle.  There is a good wikipedia article about soapstone if you are interested, has great heat holding properties.  A tall boy Corona can is just the right size to to drop the smokestack in.  Did an overnight burn last night on a pork shoulder roast that went awesome.  Put the shoulder in at 9:30, topped off the basket and set the alarm on the cell phone for midnight.  Got up at midnite and the smoker was cruising along at 235 or so.  Topped off the basket again and reset the alarm for 3 am.  3 am it was about the same, just cruising along.  Reloaded and called it a night.  Got up around 6 am and no real change.  I am thinking "wow" maybe I have a winner here. I am also going to put a seal around the door edge to help control the flow, right now everything is "wide open" and you have no throttle control.  It's like drriving a very slow, albeit tasty, dragster.  I did a lot of research to get the gasket, all the appliance stores want to sell you one from somewhere between $50 and $90, yikes!  Got mine from Ace hardware, replacement oven gasket for $7, 84" long.  Got the glue for it for another $5.  Havent put those on yet. 


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Pros: Not to Expensive, easy to use

Cons: Heavy, cheap wheels

I picked up this grill at the local Kroger when it was 50% off.  It weighs a ton and is not easy to transport, much less drag up stairs to a deck.  While we have only had it a week or so, it has been used almost every day for grilling and once for smoking.  I picked up the fire side smoke box at Lowe's along with a few things to mod the smoker side with.  So far I have been impressed, we'll see if it holds up and continues to perform.  Here are some pics of mine and the mods  











Pros: Cooking Choices

Cons: Sorry wheels

It's a nice grill giving you the choice of fuels to cook with.  The wheels are not big enough, and an additional set of wheeds or casters in the front would really help.  There is plenty of information on the forum to make this an even better Grill.


Pros: Price, ease of modifications, quality for the price

Cons: cheap hardware, leaks heat and smoke

Ive had mine for a little over a year, we us it all the time. Stays on our back deck, uncovered year round, with almost no rust yet, in Maine.  BUT, I oil it every time I use it, Ive probably spent $25 in cooking spray, just for that. but spray gets in where brushing or wiping wont.  We got ours at Lowe's, and paid $275 with the side firebox, on sale.  Ive had grills that cost twice that, and didn't cook well at all. This one lets me do small scale smokes, rather than using a ton of wood for my big one.  The propane side is great for grilling, Ive never used the side burner....   Ive had trouble with smoke leaks from all the extra holes, and where the lid sits, but for what it is, thats fine with me.  Ive cooked some really good food for 10-12 people on it, and everyone was happy.


Cons: rust, thin metal frame, cheap parts, expensive

I owned this grill for 3.5-4 years before i gave it away on ebay. For the first 3 years i kept it indoors never gettign touched by the elements, yet the paint peeled and the rust started anyway on the smoker box. after the 3rd year of fighting to keep it clean i left it outside under a roof awning with cover, and it fell apart.  The small metal lip that holds the grill grates in place disintegrated, so i had to bore nuts and bolts through the metal to hold the grates. the flame flares disintegrated...  it didnt grill or smoke worth a dang. 


Pros: Unit has held up well. side burn to light coal and side box for indirect heat

Cons: coal adjustment or lack there of. small side box for logs

I have had this grill for years and have smoked well over 1000lbs of beef pork deer gator sausage fish you name it we smoke it in Louisiana. The grill has held up very well from the beatin it has taken from this Cajun cook over the years. I don't move it at all so i cant honestly say anything about the wheels. I do know that i DONT like the fact u have to open the lid and lose smoke and heat to adjust the coal level. Most time on long smokes i use the side firebox. Only issue i have with it is that it is rather small and can not fit good size Pecan log in so have to tend it more offend which i have found will flash your heat. With the cover side box i believe i paid around 500 after tax but for the use i have gotten out of it honestly it was worth the money. If your like me and have craw fish boils and have 20+ people at you house from babys to grandmas you need a grill with space that can hold some meat where the gas side comes in for me or a quick steak after work. Now in my time of cookin on this grill i have found that i use the coal side 95% of the time. It has turned into a passion that i now share with my father light a fire turn on some good music pop a beer and start the cookin 3-4 or 9-10 hr later you have a good time with friends and family. With that said the next grill i buy will be ONLY coal and no gas to me the coal side has become to small for what i do and enjoy but remember 3 rack of ribs 4 drunkin chciken burger dogs and sausage is a lot of meat and takes up a lot of room but this grill can hold it. Honestly again i would recommend this grill to anyone but the heaviest hardcore smoker out there. If you do buy it BUY THE COVER AND SIDE BOX i cant stress that enough they make a custom cover for this grill and the side box is a must have. Hope this help and enjoy PS if u want to see how mcuh meat you can fit on one side look at my profile picture


Pros: Good for the $. Easy to work with.

Cons: Needs modification

I purchased the 5050 (DUO) w/ firebox from Tractor Supply for $250. I'm very pleased with the smoker, but it needs modifications to stand up to the big boys. After assembly and testing, I realized there were many leaks with this unit. After some RTV gasket silicone I was ready to start smoking. Eventually, I modified unit a whole bunch more and I continue to do so a year and a half later. Below is a list of recommended mods for this grill/smoker.


*Note* This smoker does not transport well once assembled. The frame is not sturdy enough for the size/weight.*



-Line the cooking chamber with fireplace bricks

-Make a charcoal basket for the firebox

-Tuning plates for cooking chamber

-Seal all holes and gaps with high temp silicone

-Grate level thermometers


Additional mods I have done:

-Fiberglass insulation cover for cooking chamber (water heater blanket wrapped in welding blanket)

-Detachable shelf/prep surface over gas controls

-New frame from 1 1/4'' EMT

-10'' pneumatic wheels

-Add a propane system to the firebox for added heat source



Pros: Triple threat (gas, charcoal, smoking)

Cons: Cooking areas too small, too many smoke leaks

For the money and to have the ability to choose gas, charcoal or smoke, this is a excellent choice.  I do alot of my veggies (potato wedges, corn, peppers, etc.) on the gas side while I'm charcoaling or smoking my meat.  With the addition of the side fire box, which the installation was quite simple, you can now smoke any meat to perfection (with a few mods).  The biggest drawback from my couple years of experience have been with the charcoal side chamber being too small to smoke alot of meat.  I tend to like to make smoking an all day experience, but you will be limited on the amount of meat you can put on it at a time.  As long as you are just feeding a family with your smoked meat, there will be no problem, but if you have a big feed to cook for, you might have to start a few days ahead of time.  Other than that, I have had nothing but good experiences so far.  I would recommend this setup to anybody with the space, it is quite large.   

Char-Griller Duo Gas/Charcoal Grill

The Char-Griller Duo is a grill lover's dream. This versatile grill allows charcoal and gas grilling in one attractive heavy-duty grill. The Char-Griller Duo provides 1 260 square inches of grilling space. Add a side firebox and you've got the capacity to make true slow-cooked barbecue as well.This heavy-duty steel grill features dual primary cooking surfaces each measuring 438 square inches. Dual warming racks are chrome-plated and offer 192 square inches of space each. The grill boasts a powerful brass side burner dual stacks for even heating on the gas grill side and dual external thermometers to create the ultimate grilling experience.Additional grill features: Dual 192-square-inch chrome-plated warming racks Dual stacks for even heating on gas grill side2-inch-diameter tubular steel cart constructionPorcelain-coated Flame Shields Utensil hooksStay-Cool hood handlesCondiment basketEasy-dump ash panAdjustable fire/charcoal grate on charcoal sideSide firebox adaptable for use as barbecue smokerLower storage shelfSide burner doubles as charcoal starterTowel bar 8-inch wheels for easy mobility The Char-Griller DifferenceChar-Griller BBQ grills and smokers are designed for the professional BBQ'er in you. Whether you grill in the backyard or in professional events the spacious capacity and even cooking temperatures of Char-Griller products combine for consistently delicious barbecue.

BrandGrills Direct
LabelGrills Direct
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Product GroupLawn & Patio
PublisherGrills Direct
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TitleChar-Griller Duo Gas/Charcoal Grill
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