CharGriller Mods to Fire Box - You go with what you have!

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Master of the Pit
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Jul 16, 2006
Northern NY (Adirondacks)

A lot of you read my post from yesterday . I had read and found out that the ash builds up after a while. You can't remove the ash pan while the smoker is running. I had flipped the stock coal grate upside down and also stirred the ashes to make room for more. (I moved all the hot coals to one side and used my tongs to stir through the grate.) During the smoke the Men In Brown (UPS) delivered 2 charcoal baskets that I had ordered from CharGriller. The CharGriller site said that they were to be used for indirect cooking and smoking. I thought they would fit in the SFB (side fire box) but they didn't. They do fit perfectly in the main chamber, so I will make use of them.

After sittin' and lookin' and thinkin', and thinkin' and lookin' and sittin', along with remembering the discussion of charcoal baskets here on SMF, and other places on the net, I had one of those " What would happen if I did...?" moments. (If that is not the most complicated sentence I've ever written, then I don't know what!)

I took the new charcoal basket and put it in the ash pan upside down lengthwise. On top I put the stock coal grate from the SFB. They fit and have a bunch of room for ash. Here are the pictures.

Grate and basket


Basket in ash drawer


Grate on basket


Rig in SFB


I guess we'll see how it works.

Comments please!

Take care, have fun, and do good!


Interesting idea Meowey... sure gives ya' alot more air under the coals. Keep us posted how that works out. I am still not happy with my setup, my coal grate ain't so great!
How does that basket fit if you just turn it sideways??? Just a thought. It looks like it would just sit in there up high enough to allow air to flow through it.

I just put a piece of expanded metal on top of my sfb cooking grate and put my coals there. It works great.

It does not fit sideways. I wish it did. It's too long.

If it did fit I could put 2 of them in.

Take care, have fun, and do good!


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