Hey everyone! I stumbled onto this site while researching the grill I just inherited from my gf's dad and boy am I glad I did. Like the title says, I am brand new to smoking but am eager and ready to take it on. He gifted us an older Bar-B-Chef grill (not a smoker) but from looking at it and reading about smoking with a charcoal grill I think this will do just fine. The grill itself is in great condition, he owned it for probably 10 years and hardly (if ever) used it (sat covered the whole time out of the elements) so it's just going to require a little elbow grease to get it back into shape.
I like that it weights a metric ton, has thick rolled steel (not that flimsy crap you see now a days), has 4 separate cast iron grilling sections (which I will be cleaning and seasoning today) and the charcoal box has a knob that raises and lowers the box to control the temp. My only concern about maintaining temp for smoking is the lack of vents, but I figure I can fashion something to prop the door open slightly for ventilation.
Anyway I'm going to be attempting some pulled pork this Sunday and will try and post pics of the finished product.
Here is a pic of what the charcoal area looks like (this isn't mine but it's the same grill)