I decided to try my hand at smoking with charcoal. So Lowes had the Char Grillers on sale and I went for it. After studying all the mods that people do this is what I came up with.
I found the cast iron longhorn on ebay for a few dollars. Perfect to fill the hole where the factory thermometer was.
Just had to have the bottle opener.
Wrought iron paper towel holder under the side shelf.
Tires and wheels were on sale at our new Northern tool store $5.00 each, wire baskets to hold the smoking wood chunks I found at Gordmans for $8.00 each.
Added a toggle latch to the side fire box to seal it better.
Charcoal box with removable divider.
Lowered the smoke stack.
Added an angle iron channel all around and put in some stove gasket with high temp silicon to seal the lid up.
Found some surplus commercial bakery hot dog pans that with a little cutting bending and drilling are just perfect for the baffle in the main chamber. They were only $2.50 each. The other one I have I cut into small pieces to use to cover some of the holes in this one to regulate my heat.
Also added a strap across the back with hooks to hold the grates for the side fire box.
Added a small shelf under the front shelf to hold the digital thermometers and whatever. Also a small port to run the probe wires into the main cooking chamber.
All covered up and waiting to get seasoned tomorrow.
Did I forget anything?
Thanks for all the great ideas that I found on this forum.
Edited by sdh600 - 8/1/11 at 5:08pm