This is my version of the perfect Char Griller with side fire box

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by sdh600, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. I decided to try my hand at smoking with charcoal. So Lowes had the Char Grillers on sale and I went for it. After studying all the mods that people do this is what I came up with.[​IMG]



    I found the cast iron longhorn on ebay for a few dollars. Perfect to fill the hole where the factory thermometer was.[​IMG]



    Just had to have the bottle opener.


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    Wrought iron paper towel holder under the side shelf.


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    Tires and wheels were on sale at our new Northern tool store $5.00 each, wire baskets to hold the smoking wood chunks I found at Gordmans for $8.00 each.[​IMG]



    Added a toggle latch to the side fire box to seal it better.[​IMG]



    Charcoal box with removable divider.[​IMG]



    Lowered the smoke stack.[​IMG]



    Added an angle iron channel all around and put in some stove gasket with high temp silicon to seal the lid up.[​IMG]



    Found some surplus commercial bakery hot dog pans that with a little cutting bending and drilling are just perfect for the baffle in the main chamber. They were only $2.50 each. The other one I have I cut into small pieces to use to cover some of the holes in this one to regulate my heat.[​IMG][​IMG]



    Also added a strap across the back with hooks to hold the grates for the side fire box.[​IMG][​IMG]



    Added a small shelf under the front shelf to hold the digital thermometers and whatever. Also a small port to run the probe wires into the main cooking chamber.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]


    All covered up and waiting to get seasoned tomorrow.[​IMG]



    Did I forget anything?


    Thanks for all the great ideas that I found on this forum.
     
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2011
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  2. What the..??? Man that is a sweet bunch of mods, that thing is ready for war.

    Looking forward to you're first smoke.

    How are you going to season it?

    Pics...James
     
  3. otter

    otter Meat Mopper

     Man that looks great I see you have been studding on this and working on it for a little while again looks great..
     
  4. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Man that is SWEET ! You put some thought into that, looks like you covered everything. You should make a wiki with this post. [​IMG]
     
  5. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I will let you know what you forgot when I think of it.  Don't hold your breath.

    That is an awesome mod out!

    You could even use it as a shopping cart?

    Good luck and good smoking.
     
  6. Dang, this looks awesome. I have been looking at getting a new smoker... Unfortunately I can't spend a bunch and go out and get a Weber. Do you mind if I ask how much the grill and side box was at Lowe's? You had mentioned that they were on sale. I am really looking forward to see what kind of results you get with this smoker and the mods. Great job!
     
  7. [quote name="MasterOfMyMeat" url="/forum/thread/109725/this-is-my-version-of-the-perfect-char-griller-with-side-fire-box#post_670429"]
    What the..??? Man that is a sweet bunch of mods, that thing is ready for war.



    Looking forward to you're first smoke.



    How are you going to season it?



    Pics...James
    [/quote]



    I bought a couple of cans of Pam to spray it down with and will feed it some kingsford charcoal with some hickory chunks and birch chunks.
     
  8. [quote name="tr1ple8" url="/forum/thread/109725/this-is-my-version-of-the-perfect-char-griller-with-side-fire-box#post_670453"]Dang, this looks awesome. I have been looking at getting a new smoker... Unfortunately I can't spend a bunch and go out and get a Weber. Do you mind if I ask how much the grill and side box was at Lowe's? You had mentioned that they were on sale. I am really looking forward to see what kind of results you get with this smoker and the mods. Great job![/quote]

    It was like $189 for the whole outfit. I used a $10 off coupon.
     
  9. Looks like you did your homework, with all the cool mods. Great job. Now lets see some Q.
     
  10. Wow !!!!!   that is nice...  [​IMG]  guess I need to go to Lowes and pick up some stuff and get to work [​IMG]
     
  11. thunderdome

    thunderdome Master of the Pit

    Wow. That things a beaut.

    Lookin forward to some TBS pics
     
  12. [quote name="sdh600" url="/forum/thread/109725/this-is-my-version-of-the-perfect-char-griller-with-side-fire-box#post_670476"][quote name="tr1ple8" url="/forum/thread/109725/this-is-my-version-of-the-perfect-char-griller-with-side-fire-box#post_670453"]Dang, this looks awesome. I have been looking at getting a new smoker... Unfortunately I can't spend a bunch and go out and get a Weber. Do you mind if I ask how much the grill and side box was at Lowe's? You had mentioned that they were on sale. I am really looking forward to see what kind of results you get with this smoker and the mods. Great job![/quote]

    It was like $189 for the whole outfit. I used a $10 off coupon.[/quote]

    So was it 189 for the whole thing with the mods??? I know I asked about the smoker, but you mentioned the whole outfit and now I am curious. If it was 189 for everything, this is very tempting...
     
  13. [quote name="tr1ple8" url="/forum/thread/109725/this-is-my-version-of-the-perfect-char-griller-with-side-fire-box#post_670550"][quote name="sdh600" url="/forum/thread/109725/this-is-my-version-of-the-perfect-char-griller-with-side-fire-box#post_670476"][quote name="tr1ple8" url="/forum/thread/109725/this-is-my-version-of-the-perfect-char-griller-with-side-fire-box#post_670453"]Dang, this looks awesome. I have been looking at getting a new smoker... Unfortunately I can't spend a bunch and go out and get a Weber. Do you mind if I ask how much the grill and side box was at Lowe's? You had mentioned that they were on sale. I am really looking forward to see what kind of results you get with this smoker and the mods. Great job![/quote]

    It was like $189 for the whole outfit. I used a $10 off coupon.[/quote]

    So was it 189 for the whole thing with the mods??? I know I asked about the smoker, but you mentioned the whole outfit and now I am curious. If it was 189 for everything, this is very tempting...[/quote]

    It was $189 for the smoker before the mods. I am not sure how much I have into the mods. Probably another $125 to $150.
     
  14. sunman76

    sunman76 Master of the Pit

    Looks good.   You did some nice clean looking work, and I bet you had fun doing it also.

    cant wait for some Q to come off that[​IMG]
     
  15. daddydon

    daddydon Smoke Blower

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  16. carbon

    carbon Newbie

    Looking really good!!  All very practical mods, well done!
     
  17. smokinal

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

    Man that is sweet!

    This should definitely be a WIKI!
     
  18. melleram

    melleram Smoke Blower

    SWEET Mods

    Only 1 question I could think of. 

    When the grease drips down on the baffel are there drain holes along the sides of the baffel?

    Or is it pitched so the grease will run towards the opening on the left, and then down to the catch can?
     
  19. Sorry but I have no clue on how to make this a WIKI. I am not sure I know what a WIKI even is.  
     
     
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2011
  20. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    YOU DA MAN !!!!!!!!!!!
     

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