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Cart for the CG Duo

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by richman2000, Nov 12, 2010.

  1. richman2000

    richman2000 Newbie

    I can finally move my CG Duo. 

    After I got the Duo, and added the SFB, I realized "This Sucker is heavy!"  The 8" plastic wheels are crap.  I started searching the various forums, and saw some nice carts for the CG Pro, but nothing for this bohemeth.  My searching came to an end when I received my Harbor Freight flyer.  They had a 2X4 wire mesh cart on sale.  The item Number is # 38137.  Regularly $120, I got it for $70.

    The problem with it is that the deck height was 12", and it came with 10" wheels


    The deck height needs to be as low as possible, so I decided the wheels can be moved out to the sides.  Since I don't weld, I figured that having a complete cart that needs some mods will be cheaper that buying all the various pieces, and having someone put it all together.

    This is the cart with the Duo.


    I cut the legs off at the top of the CG Duo shelf.  To secure the Duo, I'll be putting a bolt through the leg, with an Eye bolt inside the leg, going down through the bottom of the cart.  I'll add washers that are larger than the diameter of the leg above and below the cart deck.  that will strengthen the attachment points, and close up the holes.

    It doesn't have the turning radius that it did before surgery, but it allows me to manuver the grill to wherever I want it.


    If you want a sharper turning radius, move the wheels out farther.


    The cost of welding this is 1 Pulled Pork, a Tri tip, 1 Fattie, and a bunch of ABT's. 

    Other mods I have done have been using the Lowes Veggie tray to hold the coals in the SFB.  I added bolts to each corner to fit onto the SFB grill rails.  I've also added 1/4 inch plate steel as tuning plates.  It's mass helps hold some of the heat.

    Upcoming mods are sealing the smoker with Stove insulation, and adding grill level temp guages.  On the Gas grill side, I'm going to use the remaining 1/4" plate and replace the 3 burner covers with it.  I hope it will give the grill more mass to hold heat.

    My wife gave me the Duo for Fathers Day, then she got me the cart for my birthday.  She asked me if there was anything she got me I wasn't going to tear apart and change.  I told her the gift was stuff that I could modify.
  2. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good easy mod, nice!
  3. richoso1

    richoso1 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You have a way with creativity, congrats. I like it when folks just figure a way to get something done. It's all good my friend.
  4. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Great solution. I am sure your back is much happier too
  5. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thats a pretty slick cart and mods, I like it. With the mods you have done to the duo, how do you like the way it runs? My partner at work is in the market for a small smoker/grill. I pointed it out to him but couldn't comment on how well it smoked. I'm sure the gas side works pretty ok.

    Nice work.
  6. caveman

    caveman Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Just as I retire my CG & put my WSM on the payroll full time, he comes out with an ingenious method of transportation.  Go figure.  Way to think outside of the box Richman.
  7. richman2000

    richman2000 Newbie

    The cart has made life easier.  Now when we do any entertaining on the patio, I can move it out of the way. 

    Tom, the gas side works well, I just tried adding some of the steel over the burner, I think is will work, but I have to narrow the steel some.  I like the smoke, so far I have to add coals every 90 minutes.  Since I've never had a smoker before, I don't have any to compare to.