Char-griller grillin' pro model 3001 gas

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by kookie, Mar 26, 2008.

  1. kookie

    kookie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Just got the new Char-griller Grillin' Pro 3001 gas grill. I guess its a new model. They don't even have in on their website. I got it at Menard's for $144 and from reading the box and manual you can add the side fire box to it. I don't have it together yet, but from the looks and feel of the parts seems to be a well built unit. It has a side burner on it and three seperate burners......I figure I will add the side fire box and then I will be able to smoke using charcoal....Kinda the best of both worlds. I will let you know how it works when I get it together and seasoned......
     
  2. pigcicles

    pigcicles Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    When you get it together don't forget to bring us some pics of it.

    Is it like the Char-griller Duo with a gas side and a charcoal side?
     
  3. kookie

    kookie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It's kinda like the duo, but out of the box it is only the gas side.......The side fire box is extra......Here are the spec's, porcelain coated cast iron grates, 40,800 btu's, 645 inches of cooking area, 12,000 btu side burner, stainless steel tube burners, 3 burners, electronic ignition, porcelain coated flame shields, dual stacks............I mainly bought it as a grill and thought the side fire box feature would be an added bonous..... I will have to see once I get it together.... I was on char-grillers website looking for a pic, but no luck there..... I know the ad at menards said new model...... I will post pics when I get it together..........
     
  4. funh2o

    funh2o Meat Mopper

    Hey there Kookie, congrats on the new grill. Sounds like a nice one. Can't wait to see pics of it.

    Happy Smokin

    Steve
     
  5. kookie

    kookie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Well I just want to give everyone an update............. I got the grill up together tonight........I am fairly impressed with the construction.......Ran into a few miss aligned holes but nothing to major................ I still need to season it and then give it a test run...........I did send an e-mail to char-griller about their website...........I got a response back from them today.....It said they just haven't got their site updated with the new models yet.....And they did answer the few questions I had too and they were pretty friendly and glad I like their product..........So it seems like they have a pretty good customer service deptment........From as near as I can tell from the pics of the duo, this grillin' pro 3001 is the same gas grill as the one on the duo......It kinda reminds me of a Holland gas grill in a way......It even has a chain with a wire for holding a match to light it if your ignitor gives out......That was what really made ne think of the Holland grills and the dual stacks.............No pic yet....Maybe tomorrow........
     
  6. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Congrats on the new smoker, now how about some pics?
     
  7. kookie

    kookie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  8. Wow that looks cool, I especially like the lid handle. Much nicer than the cheapy wood handles they use on some other models.

    Good deal and a great price too. [​IMG]
     
  9. kookie

    kookie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yeah I like the handle better too....I see they use the same one on the duo.... It would be nice if they had a side fire box with this handle style on it......All the sfb's that I have seen have the wood handle on them....... I am thinking of getting the sfb for it after I give the grill a trial.... I like the idea of having a gas grill and a charcoal smoker all in one.....
     
  10. cman95

    cman95 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Christmas in March....ain't it great!!
     
  11. kookie

    kookie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Well I couldn't wait till I fired it up to get the sfb........So I pick one up at Menards tonight..........I just need to mount it and season the whole unit...... Maybe this weekend........I will have to say I am impressed on how well char-griller builds their units............I got the side fire box at Menard's for $49.97, alot cheaper then on char-grillers website......I will post some pics when I get it mounted on the gasser..........
     
  12. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looking forward to some pics... your buddies on the block will be smellin' smoke soon.
     
  13. kookie

    kookie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Well I got the side fire box mounted on the grill tonight............I had to do a few mods to the sfb to get it mounted right.....The spacers were to long for my grill......No big deal, just used a different bolt and a nut for a spacer...........I will get some pics up with the sfb mounted soon........I am not sure yet but I might have to make some kinda bracket or leg for the sfb.....I not really liking how it flexs when I lift up on that end of the grill/sfb.......And to move it I have to lift from the sfb side of grill, wheels on the left side of grill and sfb on right side of grill.................I can see one thing I need to make and that is a plate to go over the hole I had to knock out on the side of the grill to mount the sfb, just in case for some reason I need to use the grill without the sfb mounted to it.......But I still think char-griller makes a heck of a product................
     
  14. Overall, I would say it's a good lookin piece of equipment. But, how good would the main oven be at holding in heat and smoking? Are there holes where the gas line comes through to the main chaimber?
     
  15. kookie

    kookie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Well just got done installing a gasket where the sfb mounts to the grill......I got so more pics for you with the sfb all mounted..............I filled all the extra bolt holes with bolts to help control the smoke and heat loss......

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  16. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Congrats Kookie !!!
    The burner set up and heat deflector appears to be much different than a Holland Grill, but I have good feelings about you controlling the temperature in your future smokes !!!
     
  17. ridgerunner

    ridgerunner Newbie

    Congratulations on the grill. I had thought about the duo model. I had seen it at a couple of places for around $300, but I opted to go with the CGSP. I already have a gas grill (although it's 10 years old) What did you use fo gasket on your SFB?
     
  18. kookie

    kookie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I used a fiberglass rope tape for a furnace/fireplace.....It came with high temp cement good for 2000 degrees.....It was a kit I got at the local farm supply store here.......I got this grill because my old gass grill was taking a dump on me.......I got this unit for 144 bucks and 49 for the sfb..........I still have my little cheifs too......I got the sfb just becuase I want to start to daddle in charcoal........I haven't seen the Duo around here but it looks like a cool unit............
     
  19. smoky.125

    smoky.125 Newbie

    I know you got this mostly as a grill but I'm curious to here how it works out for smoking. How will you seal the hole in the bottom (grease drip holes). Are there any dampers on the chimneys to control smoke release?
     
  20. js2roch

    js2roch Newbie

    Hi Kookie. I recently bought the 3001 and SFB.

    How do you like this setup? I have a few comments/questions about your mods.

    I had the same issues as you with the spacers - i cut my in half but still too long. So, i like your idea of using a nut as a spacer. I'll also use your idea of a gasket and filling all holes with bolts... your gasket was essentially just a rope that sealed up the gap between the sfb and main body? Did you ever add support to the sfb side (i'm also concerned about moving it with the sfb on it).

    thanks for the useful post!

    justin
     

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