Redneck in BBQ Heaven

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by choochmm, Jul 19, 2008.

  1. Hi All,

    We moved to Austin, TX from CT about a year ago. I instantly found myself in love with smoked meats. I went out and bought a Chargriller Smokin Pro with Side firebox from the local Academy for $150. I'm not telling you all, it needs some works. Smoke's escapes from just about every place I can see. I am going to Home Depot tonight to see if I can find some of that stove rope. I know trhey have the 3/4 angle so that should not be a problem. I already have the stove pipe exteded, made a baffle out of some sheet metal due to the hot spot right out of the firebox and drilled in a new thermometer closer to the cooking grate. My biggest problem is that the firebox ash chamber has a good sized gap so I would appreciate any suggestions on how I might seal this up. Difficult because it is at the top and crescent shaped. Anyway, I am enjoying all the great tips you have and will be chacking back frequently.

    Big Chooch
     
  2. kookie

    kookie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to the smf...............Glad to have you here............Lots of mods on here for your unit...........
     
  3. vince

    vince StickBurners SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF!


    I have a cheap snp and even with all the smoke escaping from all over the meats still come out great.
     
  4. bb53chevpro

    bb53chevpro Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to the forum.
     
  5. erain

    erain Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    welcome to smf, share some smokes!!!
     
  6. tf bbq

    tf bbq Fire Starter

    Welcome to the forums.
     
  7. jaynik

    jaynik Smoking Fanatic

    it's ok for the crevices to leak some smoke. It helps prevent creosote.
     
  8. smoke freak

    smoke freak StickBurners

    When I first got my chargriller I was determined to stop the leaks. Well that didnt happen. If you learn to master the fire, these leaks wont matter much. Master the fire.. smoke on!
     
  9. flyin'illini

    flyin'illini Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Big Chooch -- Welcome to the SMF... you have come to the right place.
     
  10. waysideranch

    waysideranch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the Smf.
     
  11. abelman

    abelman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome aboard!
     
  12. bbqgoddess

    bbqgoddess Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome Cooch,
    What he said! the tbs is very light anyway!
     
  13. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the SMF, you'll have plenty of good help with your smoker from our friendly members.
     
  14. agmeyer

    agmeyer Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    [​IMG] I've got a Char-Grill Silver Smoker. I used the red head gasket maker from WalMart's and laid a bead all around where both doors close on the firebox and smoke chamber. I put plastic wrap on the door first and sprayed the doors with PAM on top of the wrap. I then closed the doors and waited 24 hours. Not much of a leak; but looks "different, red gasket on black smoker? " I like the way it keeps the temperature steady. I put a thermometer just about grill level at each end of the smoke chamber door and I sealed the place where the factory thermometer would have been. I also use a remoter probe thermometer to varify the meat's internal temperature.
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  15. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hi Cooch! Welcome to SMF! A question...are you having trouble with low temps/inconsistant temps? If not... let it leak. Probably the most worrisome issue is the firebox gap. They make a refractory cement that could be used for this. I dunno if the hi-temp silicone would stand up there tho...seems I read someone tried that? Can't recall, but there's a ton of posts on mod/fixes for those puppies! Again..welcome and ENJOY!
     
  16. smokin out the neighbors

    smokin out the neighbors Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

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