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char-griller question


Joined May 15, 2007
I am just wondering if anyone has any opinions on the char-griller smokin pro. Is it decent or is there something better out there for me in the $200 price range. Also can anyone offer some advice on how much charcoal to start with to get it to 230* and tips on holding temperature. Thanks


Fire Starter
Joined Jan 4, 2007
I like you am fairly new to smoking (been grilling for ever). I have the Char-griller with the SFB and I have been very pleased with it. There are a couple of fairly easy mods that seem to help alot --

I have added a piece of duct from the smokestack down to the grates and I turn the charcoal tray in the main chamber over when I smoke.

I have had great success with Boston Butts and ribs. I have also grilled some mighty fine steak on the same Char-griller.

Again this is just the opinion of a newbie like yourself, but hang around on the boards and you will get a lot of help and laughs.

If you do wind up getting one there is a real long thread on one of the other boards dedicated to the Char-Griller family as well.

Good luck.



Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Joined Dec 19, 2005
Did you ever figure out which smoker you are going to get?


Smoking Fanatic
Joined Apr 13, 2007
The smoke stack extension to grate level works well. And I've heard inverting the chacoal tray to use as a baffle also works. If you really want long slow burns, invest in a charcoal basket. Get your self a 24 by 24 inch piece of expanded metal at home depot, cut 6 by 6 inch squares off of each corner, and fold up the sides. You should end up with a box 12 inches by 12 inches by 6 inches high. Use the minion method. It works great.


Smoke Blower
Joined Apr 7, 2007
I have one and here is the mod of making the stack come down to the grate level on the Char-griller. Just buy a 3 1/2" flex dyer tub and attach it to the lids stack with a hose clamp. You won't have to remove your warming rack if you don't want to.
I did see somewhere a pic of someone who inverted the charcoal tray and they drilled a bunch of holes in it.

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