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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

i just bought an new in the box Charbroil_american_gourmet offset smoker 2 years old

 anybody know what i should know about this piece

post #2 of 17


This site has tons of info.

I would suggest you spend some time reading all the different forums and the


Then use the handy dandy search tool for specific interests!!

Take the awesome free E-Course!!!
Have a great day!!!






post #3 of 17

Welcome to SMF  I am glad you joint us

You are in the right place the folks here are help full and knowledgeable

Don’t forget the Qview     

post #4 of 17

First welcome to SMF.


Second, your smoker I also have one. IT takes a little getting use to, but a decent enough smoker. This is what I have learned. I always put a small foil pan close to the firebox as there is not alot of grillestate in these things. It helps maintain a more even temp. I have extend the chimney down to grate level, & as small as the firebox is I still had a charcoal basket made & raised it about an inch higher for more air flow & area for charcoal to drop. I barley keep the firebox cracked open now! These few things have increased my smoking enjoyment way more than before. I like tending the fire a bit, but when I first got it it was every 15 minutes & in 2 hours I was out of heat? Now I only need to check it maybe once an hour & I get 4-5 hours of heat. Not bad for such a small smoker.


One more thing the stock Temp Gauge is probably off. Give it the boil test so you really know where your temps are. Good Luck!!

post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thank you that's the kind of info i need to know

i have an electric smoker but my wife wants to do a turkey and brisket

 so i wanted to go with a charcoal smoker

 some pix of the mods would be appreciated if anyone has some.

post #6 of 17

Start with the 5 day ecourse and that should help alot. Then like others have stated there are alot of threads with mods for that smoker.


Welcome to SMF.

post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks i did take the course and i own a gas grill and electric smoker (not my first rodeo)

 I noticed some older post reguarding this type of smoker and would appeciate

 the mods info and some pix would help.

 I guess if i had it in my posession i mite understand a lil better but i don't pick it up till sunday

 up near Georgian Bay

 which is 3 hours from me

post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 


 WOW south africa eh

 my brother in law did 6 years near you  ....Zambia (Lusaka)  oh as a missionary!!

 you must have a great biltong recipe... Wanna share??

post #9 of 17

Welcome to the forum Late, best way to find one of the many, many threads covering the mods is just type "Char-griller mod" or "firebasket" in the search bar. Some of the threads have over 200 posts so you just have to wade through them to see the various types of firebaskets and stuff people have made.

post #10 of 17

Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview.

post #11 of 17


Welcome to SMF, Glad to have you with us.

This is the place to learn, lots of good info and helpful friendly Members.

Many of our members have years of experience in smoking meat.  They are more than happy helping Newbies learn the art.

We have members who cure there own Bacon, Hams, Jerky, Snack Sticks, Make Their own Sausage, etc. if you want to learn,
this is the place. 

Don't be afraid to ask questions of them and follow their advice. You won't be sorry, you will be making great Q in no time at all...

Just remember, when curing your own meats follow the instructions included with the cure to the letter, this is not something to experiment with.  

Never use more cure no mater if it is Tender Quick or Cure #1 or Cure #2 than the manufacturer says to use, this can be very dangerous.

Tender Quick and Cure#1 or Cure #2 are not interchangeable, neither Cure #1 interchangeable with Cure #2 or vise versa

Sign up for Jeff's 5-Day eCourse.  Click Here


Tips For New Members.

  1. Go into your profile and Under Location put where you are.
  2. City & State or Area & State will do. This will help members when answering your questions.
  3. Go to ROLL CALL thread and tell us a little about Yourself (A Name We Can Call You) and Experience & Equipment.
  4. Do Not Post  your other questions and smokes in the Roll Call Forum.
  5. Post your questions and smokes in the Proper Forum, Beef, Pork, Sausage, Electric Smoker, Charcoal Smoker etc.
  6. Use the Wiki Section, many of our members have posted great tutorials and instructional threads so take advantage of them.
  7. When you can't find an answer ask plenty of questions, we have some highly experienced members willing to help you.
  8. When posting about your smokes be sure to post plenty of Qview (Pictures) Our Moto, "No Pics, Didn't Happen".
  9. Get a good Probe Thermometer, Don't Depend on the Built in Thermometer in your Smoker (They are notorious for being off).
  10. A good choice for a remote dual probe thermometer is the Maverick ET-732
  11. Remember, We Always Cook by Temperature and NOT BY TIME...
  12. Don't Take Chances, Always Follow USDA Safety Guidelines When Handling Meat.
  13. If you are wanting to get into curing meat, there are many members here more than happy to help and give good advice.

  14. If you are unsure of a procedure ASK, don't ASSUME, It will make your Smoking experience much more pleasant...

post #12 of 17

Glad to have you here dinner,

You already have gotten all the advice i would give,

these guys (gals) are great!



post #13 of 17

welcome1.gif   Glad to have you with us!

post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 

you are  correct this is a very helpfull forum

and i thank you all for your help

post #15 of 17

Your in big trouble because all the neighbors are going to be knocking at your door when they smell that smoke.  th_Slab_of_meat.gif

post #16 of 17

Welcome to SMF glad to have you here with us 

post #17 of 17

Glad you joined us here lateferdinner, welcome to SMF!

Here is a good old thread about modifications with pictures for horizontal's with side fireboxes - http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/forum/thread/58778/char-griller-smokin-pro-with-firebox-mods

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