Newbie w/ a Chargriller Duo w/ SFB

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by tdavis28, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. tdavis28

    tdavis28 Newbie

    Hello SMF world!

       I recently purchased a Chargriller Duo w/ the side fire box.  I got all of that, brand new, and a cover for $150 + tax (Couldn't pass it up).  The box was missing the right side legs, but Chargriller is mailing me a set that should be here this week; I haven't even started to build it yet, it's just sitting in pieces in my garage.  I've already spent a few nights here at work reading about the different mods that people have done to this grill.  I feel like I've read so much that I can't even remember what I've read. 

    I know about extending the chimney and about flipping the charcoal pan over...but what else? I don't want to throw a ton of money into this thing, as I'm still very new to this trade.  The only thing I've ever smoked has been ribs, and I've still got plenty to learn.  So w/out sounding like a newb that needs to learn to use the search bar, what should I do to this thing and where should I start??

  2. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    Welcome to SMF, Glad to have you with us.

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  3. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    [​IMG]  to SMF Terry, Sounds like you have a good start.

    Just get something to smoke and start learning how your smoker runs, No need to spend alot of money, just spend some time with your new smoker and you'll be fine! The search tool works great too.

    Happy smokin' my friend[​IMG]
  4. les3176

    les3176 Master of the Pit

    Welcome to smf glad to have ya!!  I have a duo also,its a good unit after you get the hang of it. I would suggest doing a few smokes with it before you start doing any mods. That way you already have a feel for the unit and then you will know what mods you are going to need. Once you get started on some mods,do one or two at a time to see how the unit will react to what you have done. There is plenty of mod threads here so just do a search and you will have plenty of reading to do. Here's a search i did ...Good luck.  
  5. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    Welcome to SMF and congrats on your new smoker sounds like you have a good start..lots to learn here and great people.. Happy smoking [​IMG]
  6. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Welcome to SMF![​IMG]
  7. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  8. tdavis28

    tdavis28 Newbie

    Thanks all!  I look forward to trying this thing out.  I hope the legs come soon so I can get her built and start seasoning.  The store I work at has an in-house butcher; so I'm only steps away from good cuts of ribs, steaks, chicken...or whatever else I can dream of smoking...I shouldn't think about food this early in the makes me hungry!
  9. rp ribking

    rp ribking Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    You lucky dog for the in-house butcher.

    Welcome to the SMF your life is changed for ever.[​IMG]
  10. porked

    porked Smoking Fanatic


    Like the others said, get your smoker standing and operating. Fire up that bad boy and start measuring temps inside the chamber. You'll want to be able to run it anywhere's from 200 to 275 degrees and be able to control it. Do you have a thermometer? You'll need one. Once you're in control get a piece of meat and then the fun starts. Lots of people here will help you no matter the problem. Good luck and get ready for some serious smoking.
  11. tdavis28

    tdavis28 Newbie

    I have a cheap digital thermometer that I picked up at walmart last year that has a nice long probe that I use to monitor the temp when I have done ribs in the past on my old grill (was not a smoker).  It has a wireless display so I can sit in the house and watch the temp on the meat...but that tells me nothing about the box I'll have to work on that.  If anybody has any suggestions on particular products I should pick up, throw them my way.
  12. fourashleys

    fourashleys Smoking Fanatic

    Practice, practice, practice.. these folks can answer just about any ???? ya might have. Ifa ya get too much practice they might help ya eat it too. Welcome to SMF!![​IMG]
  13. rp ribking

    rp ribking Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Get another remote temp probe and stick the probe thru a piece of wood or a potato on your grate for the box temp. Make sure the probe is sticking out the other side of the wood or potato.
  14. porked

    porked Smoking Fanatic

    Get yourself an ET-732 digital which has 2 probes, 1 for the smoker and 1 for the meat. You can get them from Todd, the AMNS guy right here on the website. Good luck and keep us posted. [​IMG]
  15. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview.
  16. tdavis28

    tdavis28 Newbie

    Finally got the grill build it will have to sit in the garage until the weather warms up a bit and I can move it to the patio and get it seasoned.  

    Another question your opinion, should I season it first and then attach the SFB or put the SFB on and then season?? I don't know if it would matter or make any difference, but the thought popped into my head and I've been trying to figure out if it really matters...

    Thanks all!
  17. les3176

    les3176 Master of the Pit

    I would put the firebox on and then need to waste charcoal doing it twice!!!
  18. davis,

    I too just joined this site and have a similar smoker. I have done some mods and have had great results. I agree with getting a second digital thermo to monitor surface cooking temps. But, I too bought a digital wireless thermo from Wal Mart (probably the same model). The thing that you want to do is test it in boiling water. I learned from other's here that water boils at 212 degrees period! It never increase or decrease as long as it's boiling. My wireless thermo runs 48 degrees hotter than actual temps. Meaning that in boiling water it read 260 degrees. I marked the temp difference on the thermo with a shapie(after a few beers you dont wanna think what temp difference it was you measured on the damn thing! So, this puts it right in front of you). Good luck man and have fun! There are lots of good folks on here with a lot of good advise!

    By the way Qview is awesome! I was pumped to post my first results with Qview!
  19. tdavis28

    tdavis28 Newbie

    Mounted the SFB today (took about an hour) and noticed that I'm going to need some RTV between the two chambers.  I also boil tested the two thermo's and the cheap walmart digi one I had tonight, and all of them were off by about two degrees (Chargrillers were low and digi was high, although I'm skeptical that the digi didn't get to close to the bottom of the pot I had them suspended in).  I also broke the cover out of the bag and threw it on...fits very well.  I did notice, to those of you that have complained about the cover, that it seems pretty heavy duty in comparison to ones I have seen in the past.  I talked to the lawn and garden manager at my store (who sold me the grill, sfb and cover) and said that they are made out of a different material now to make them last longer...Just an FYI

    Without sounding too newbie again...what is this qview I hear of? 
  20. You take pics of ur bbq and share them with us! It's fun!

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