I just picked up a new Char-Griller Outlaw and have a big BBQ coming up this coming weekend with a bunch of friends and I would like some thoughts on these quick and dirty mods I have done and will be finishing tomorrow. I normally would get some more time in before performing for friends, but it is what it is. I have a lot of experience with kettle type smokers and have used a couple buddies crappy side box smokers and have not screwed anything up to the point of not being edible so I am not too panicked, but at the same time I would like to make things as easy on myself as possible given the time frame.
So this all said, the first thing I did was to attach the side box using a high heat (700 degree) silicone to make a gasket seal. I also used the same stuff to seal the chimney tube and the crappy stock thermo (I will be adding a couple aftermarket ones tomorrow). I then used some flexible aluminum tubing to drop the chimney stack down to the grill level. I then fashioned a heat shield using some thin aluminum (think ducting material) folded over double. I am wondering if the heat shield is far enough away from the edges and extended enough to be effective.
I plan on hitting some appliance repair places tomorrow to track down some over door seal material and see if I can rig up a lid seal fairly easily. Any ideas hear on a quick and dirty method would be appreciated. I also plan on either making or buying a charcoal holding box for the firebox...
Does this all sound reasonable? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!