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post #21 of 29

I used mine last night for some burgers, it works well but the lid is very strange. mine doesnt seem to be round so I always have a gap on one side or the other but it doesnt really matter....Also I notice on yours the lip at the top of the leg sticks up over the edge farther then mine does....must be the difference between the 18 and the 22, I had envisioned those lips sort of forcing the lid in its place but it doesnt really do that. The burgers turned out good though but kind of hard to mess up a burger lol.

 

I just got mine this weekend. Oh btw how tight do you guys turn down your leg screws. I tightened one of mine a little tighter and it sort of bent in the metal on the bottom section into the crease of the leg but not bad at all. I just snugged the others. should they be tightened all the way so the metal curves into the curve of the leg? Im surprised the directions dont say anything about this. I dont like leaving nuts and bolts loose.

post #22 of 29
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I added Weber charcoal baskets.

 

 

A Weber 22.5" grate does not fit to replace the OS grate

post #23 of 29
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Originally Posted by nepas View Post

I added Weber charcoal baskets.

 

 

A Weber 22.5" grate does not fit to replace the OS grate

What is the point of the charcoal baskets? is it just for offset cooking?

post #24 of 29
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Originally Posted by dandiele View Post

What is the point of the charcoal baskets? is it just for offset cooking?


Yes

post #25 of 29

Boy thread kinda died..... I have owned three of these electrics in the last thirty years was looking forward to hearing what you guys had to say. Actually it was originally called a "Redi-Smok". Bought the first to see how it could possibly work. Turned out it works very nicely on an screened in patio at the lake were a pit or stick burner is not an option. More I played with it, the better the smoke got.

 

As to the kitty litter absorbent, its there because strangely enough its the most vulnerable spot. All of mine eventually rusted out the bottoms, course that was over the course of about 10 years each.

post #26 of 29

Oppps..... did not notice this was the charcoal. LOL.. I was redirected here when doing a internet search. Goes to show you that SMF is were are all the answers are. <chuckles>

post #27 of 29
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Originally Posted by nepas View Post
 

I added Weber charcoal baskets.

 

 

A Weber 22.5" grate does not fit to replace the OS grate

 

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Originally Posted by dandiele View Post
 

What is the point of the charcoal baskets? is it just for offset cooking?

I decided to get the 22" Old Smokey Charcoal Grill for a Christmas gift. You are saying that a Weber 22.5" grill grate, be it the standard, the hinged where part of the grate can be lifted to put in more charcoal, or the gourmet hinge, where it has a removeable 12" circle to add more charcoal or add more attachments in the center, can not fit in the Old Smokey, correct?  

 

If so, I guess for smoking I'll probably use large pieces of lump charcoal so meats can be smoked and you would not have to worry about adding more charcoal. I'd probably get either the Weber charcoal baskets or get a Smokenator 1000.

post #28 of 29

I had to take back the Old Smokey because my dad was suffering from Parkinson's Disease, and I purchased a Rankam RiverGrille (built like a CharGriller) that retailed for $79.00 on sale for $40.00. The RiverGrille, made by Rankam that does the Kingsford grills (my nephew Drew has one with the crank handle charcoal tray that raises and lowers with a turn of the crank) which I thought were made in California but are made in China,does OK but I still have trouble with it closing properly and raising the coal grates can be difficult at times but it can hold the heat as well.

 

If and when I get an Old Smokey the next time, instead of buying one at a store (you can if you want to, the problem is, if you want to add a thermometer or lid hinge, you have to order them and install them yourself), I want to order one from the factory custom built to my specifications. To me, the best US built Grills are Weber, Old Smokey, and Aussie.

post #29 of 29
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Originally Posted by KC5TPY View Post
 

Made in desperation while on a camping trip, an ESSENTIAL Old Smokey accessory.  Make yourself a pair and put em in your camping gear.

 

Can you show me how to make these or give me the instructions should I get an Old Smokey Grill?

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