Mods on my CG smokin' pro

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Jul 2, 2007
Lakewood, CO
Hey all, no pics of my mods yet as I'm at work right now...probably wont be any til mid month as I have to go on vacation Navy style for about 10 days. But I just wanted to share the events with you all.

First off. I can't for the life of me find any furnace cement anywhere nearby so I just opted out of that option.

The chimney expansion went off without a hitch, I cut the dryer vent in half and she went on just fine. Used a hose clamp to secure it and that puppy aint goin nowhere!

Thermometers was a bit of a pricey evolution, but I did it and couldn't be happier with the results! I got a step bit for my drill to make the holes ($34.00!!
) I probably wouldn't have been able to make the holes without it...That steel was thicker than I thought! The holes I made were about 4" from the sides and 2" abofe the front lip of the lid. The probes are about 4" long which made a perfect little hole for me to stick my chimney expansion into.

While I was seasoning last night (was able to only do a partial...time restraints. But I wanted to get a "base Coat" so as not to come back from my trip to find rust spots) I found out that this smoker heats up good...I added a bit too much coal and had it running atabout 450 for a few hours. And that was with the vent closed! So I loaded up some hickory and commenced with getting some smoke going on in there. It's got a pretty ok color inside right now but I still want to get some more smoke in there before I put any food in there.

My cooking grates are going to take a while, I don't want to over crowd my oven so I'm just doing 2 at a time and baking them at 300 for about an hour naked to melt off that wax crud that they came with, then I brush them with crisco and bake for 2 hours then another coat and another 2 hours...Think that will work ok? Crisco and that wax stuff don't smell too great when the cast iron is seasoning...makes the baby cry.
Brennan, if you have a gas or charcoal grill, do them outside. Stand them up on edge in some rib racks if grill space is at a premium... It works great and keeps the baby happy... not to mention mom!
Sounds like your well on your way to setting up your new smoker. Good job. Can't wait to see the pictures.

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