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Maiden voyage for the new CharGriller 8125

post #1 of 10
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Brought it out to the patio from the garage this morning and fired it up to season it in.
After playing with the vent and stack for a while the manufacturing/shipping gunk seemed to have all burned off.
Well, the Mrs had a chuckie marinating for dinner and I stole it and tossed in the smoker around 1:00. 😏
This is my first go around with a "stick" burner and I'm having a ball. Watch the temps, throw in some lump and wood every so often and open another Bud. My kind of Saturday....

Chuckie's stalling at 135 now. Finished and sliced pics later. Hoping the rain holds off LOL

Dan
post #2 of 10
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Well, it's done!


Let it rest for 1/2 hr & sliced.

Tender & juicy. I think this smoker & I have a lot of good times ahead...

Dan. 😊
post #3 of 10

Nice job Dan!

 

First time with a new smoker and an excellent result shows your expertise.

 

Points!!

 

Al

post #4 of 10
Looks good, how do you like the smokerDan? I was looking at this model is it sealed good as far as keeping the smoke in? Also how are the temp swings in this smoker?
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Originally Posted by SmokinAl View Post

Nice job Dan!

First time with a new smoker and an excellent result shows your expertise.

Points!!

Al
No expertise to it, Al! Dumb Luck, probably...and a lot of reading up on this site and elsewhere.
Thank you for the point!

Dan
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Looks good, how do you like the smokerDan? I was looking at this model is it sealed good as far as keeping the smoke in? Also how are the temp swings in this smoker?
I like it a lot, Ace. At only $299, compared with the $199 CharGriller, it's almost like it was from a different manufacturer. I used Permatex red during assembly for some areas (see my recent post "New Char-Griller side box". There's a little leakage around the doors but not enough to worry about on the big one. The firebox has a couple of gaps at the cleanout door I may address.
I haven't taken the time to check the temp swings yet. The Maverick at grate level about 2/3 of the way from the fire read consistently 40 degrees higher than the supplied door thermometer at only about 8" away. No surprise there! The front mounted shelf is great to work from, and it just lifts off if you want. There's also a cover you can get that's specifically made for the model. Connecting the firebox to the chamber is a two person job btw!
All in all, I'm very satisfied.
Dan
post #7 of 10
Great color on your chuckie! Looking forward to more tasty smokes off your new smoker!icon14.gif
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Great color on your chuckie! Looking forward to more tasty smokes off your new smoker!icon14.gif
Thanks, B. I can't wait to fill up all that cooking space. With the MB gasser I had to cut slabs of ribs in half to make them fit.
post #9 of 10

Great first smoke on the new rig, Dan. I would love some of that!

 

Points for breaking in a new one.

 

Disco

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Thank you, Disco!

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