I have a charboil. Its long shaped about 7 feet I geuss with a fire box. I am doing up some ribs for the first time and a meat loaf also the first time tomorrow. I only have done chickens 3 times so far had the butcher cut the whole chicken in 1/2 and did a brine solution for 12 hours and smoked for 6 hours and the 3 times that I have smoked so far got me and my family hooked on smoking. I am really into this smoking thing and I plan on taking it to the limits. I am already thinking about building my own smoker. So I can use logs instead of cowboy charcoal and hictory chips. I think it would be better to smoke with logs instead of charcoal. But thats a ways away for now I just want to learn as much as I can. Thanks for asking. I think this site is a good place to start.
Jake, my friend! Pick a time when you can get comfy and pop a cold beverage, your choice, and just take some time to browse through all the postings. You're gonna love what you see!
Welcome and happy smoking!
Sounds like I may have a smoker just like yours. It's a Char Broil horizontal off set type smoker. Anyway, if that is indeed the type you have, I can tell you of some modifications that Igot from this forum and have applied to mine. They are simple and made a world of improvement. I also have a wide body GOSM (SS) that I have learned to absolutely enjoy.
Anyway, welcome to the forum!! Let us hear from you often and don't forget the pictures.
I would love to hear about the modifications you have made. I am getting ready now for the smoke later today. The band I am in is all coming down for it so i on the hot seat :-). And thanks for your welcoming me to this forum
Jake, Welcome from a fellow smoker and musician. Well musician might be overstating my playing abilities, but I have been sitting behind a mixer for over 20 years (only occasionally now) but still enjoy every chance I get to participate in the making of music.
I can't find the link right now but from memory, I basically made three mods. First, from Home Depot, I purchased a piece of sheet metal. It was probably 18x18 or so. I cut a piece from it and rolled it into a cyclinder and inserted it into the lower portion of the chimney so that it effectively extended the chimney to the grill level.
Next, I used the remainder of the sheet make a baffle extending from the fire box opening into the cooking chamber. I trimmed the corners and actually bolted it to the fire box opening by removing one of the nuts holding the firebox and cooking chamber together. Then placed the upper portion of the baffle over the screw and replace the nut. When in place, the baffle extends at about 45 degrees from the fire box wall down into the cooking chamber and is about 7-8 inches long.
The last change I made was to also purchase three sheet metal pieces. I also got these at Home Depot. They are about 6 inches wide and about 18 inches long. As I recall, I had to cut about two inches off the ends to make them work. The first one of these, I placed in the cooking chamber about two inches from the fire box and over the baffle. It rests nicely across the cooking chamber about 3-4 inches under the cooking grids and can be easily removed for cleaning. The next plate was trimmed just like the first and also placed into the cooking chamber next to the first but leave about one inch gap for smoke to get through. The third plate was then placed in the cooking chamber next to the second but leave about 2 inches spacing.
By doing these relatively small mods, I was able to reduce the difference in cooking temp in the chamber from about 70* from end to end to about 10*. It made all the difference in the world. And by the way, there is one more change you will need to make if you do some long smokes. Like a brisket or butt. You'll need to raise the charcoal/wood grid by a couple inches and/or plan to occasionally clean out the ash build up under the fire grid. (When it builds up it tends to smother the fire.)
I wish I could remember the source of this information so that I could give proper credit. I know that I got the info from someone here on the forum and like I said, it made a tremendous difference in the cooker. I now really enjoy cooking on it. Many thanks to whoever you are and my apologies for not being able to remember.
Thanks Earl D- i printed it out. The baby backs are looking good First time I tried ribs period. I have smoked them for 3 hours and I just now put them foil with alittle apple juice for 3 hours then 1 without the foil. Just put in 5 lb meatloaf also. I am alittle nervous about the ribs I have been maining a tamp of 225 to 250 mostly 225. i am using cowboy charcoal and a humnk of hickory 1 every 1/2 hour.
The baby back ribs and meatloaf came out great. The meatloaf was very surprising and the ribs were so tender and not dried up at all. My other half was afriad of the whole smoking thing but now she is starting to love it. I guess I'll be cooking a lot more and that is cool.
Your reference works well. But Scott, I went back to your referenced site before I sent my post to "Jake" and I get a return message that the site is not available. I tried it again this morning and I can't get into it. That's unfortunate because it worked well.