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New Chargriller Gravity Fed Grill

RCAlan

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While waiting for a Jack center pin to USB cord to arrive too power my CG 980 via a 20,000 mAh battery, I gave my CG 980 a face lift…
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FYI… Anyone considering buying a CG 980 GF, Lowe’s Hardware stores has them marked down to $540.00 clearance price.

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RCAlan

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Just an update… For anyone that wants a little more freedom and range by not having to deal with extension cords on their CG 980’s, There’s a few options to consider. I already have a few Ryobi battery operated yard tools at the house, so I just purchased their 40v Power Source 300 Watt Battery Inverter to connect to my grill. The Inverter looks like this…
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It’s able to connect directly to the 120v outlet that the CG 980 has with no problems. I happen to have one of Ryobi’s larger 40V Lithium-Ion 6.0 Ah High Capacity Battery, so I expect to be able to get at least 8-10 hours of run time from it.. I still have to give it a long cook test run to verify. The only down side I see for others would be the cost of the batteries.. They ain’t cheap. Your other option and it’s much cheaper in cost would be is to purchase a 20,000 mAh battery power bank and a USB 5v to 12v inverter cable. Total cost was $45.00 dollars. I tried hooking up the 20,000 mAh power bank to the grill first using just a Jack center pin to USB cable cord and I received an ErU error msg. I then tried the 5v to 12v inverter cable and the grill fired up perfectly. How much run time with the 20,000 mAh power bank? Not sure, but I’m guessing over 8 hours as well.
The 5v to 12v inverter cable looks like this…
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I hope the info helps any one considering their options and happy Low and Slow Smoking.

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bill1

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Nice idea on the power pack, esp if you're already using those batteries for other tools.
My pellet machine replaced my gas grill on a side concrete pad and I'm finding it tiresome to run an extension cord each time. Don't want to cut a slab to bring underground power and Code says overhead needs to be 9.5' up (I think?) which will be ugly, so this is a nice option to consider. My igniter hot finger is pushing the 300W but it's not on for long.
 

RCAlan

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Nice idea on the power pack, esp if you're already using those batteries for other tools.
My pellet machine replaced my gas grill on a side concrete pad and I'm finding it tiresome to run an extension cord each time. Don't want to cut a slab to bring underground power and Code says overhead needs to be 9.5' up (I think?) which will be ugly, so this is a nice option to consider. My igniter hot finger is pushing the 300W but it's not on for long.
Give it a shot…. The Controller draws very little power from the battery. The only problem you may run into with your pellet grill is the start up with the igniter. I think Pit Boss recommends doing the manual startup procedures if a battery is going to be used. With these new Gravity Feed Smokers, the only main power draw is the fan that feeds the charcoals.. Which is a much less power requirement then what is required from a Pellet Smoker. If you have the resources, then give it a shot and post back how everything works out with the battery setup and your pellet grill. Good luck.

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bill1

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They all have a way to manual start, but it's easier to run an extension cord than messing with that!
The Ryobi approach is great if you already have their 40V batteries but I bought into the 19V Craftsman NiCads years ago and am too stubborn to change. I got about every tool they made around that system but an AC inverter was not one of them.
I think my best bet will be to use my electric bike battery (four 12V PbA scooter batteries) with a $25 car inverter.
 

RCAlan

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They all have a way to manual start, but it's easier to run an extension cord than messing with that!
The Ryobi approach is great if you already have their 40V batteries but I bought into the 19V Craftsman NiCads years ago and am too stubborn to change. I got about every tool they made around that system but an AC inverter was not one of them.
I think my best bet will be to use my electric bike battery (four 12V PbA scooter batteries) with a $25 car inverter.
Good luck… Here’s a good posting to checkout as well..

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Good shout about using the inverter. I have several EGO power tools including the inverter and their batteries. I've used the inverter once so far, mostly just to be sure I could grill in a power outage. Worked great. Where my grill is currently the extension cord is not an issue.
 

lunatics

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How happy are people with these types of smokers? Do they only use charcoal for the what and smoke or do you also add wood chips/chunks in as well for different flavors?
 

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