Char-Griller pellet smoker

Discussion in 'Pellet Smokers' started by outlaw112, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. kerbos5

    kerbos5 Fire Starter

    Where is all our Qview?...we got to let these other boys know us cheap skates are serious as well. :)
     
  2. xtrema44

    xtrema44 Fire Starter

    Dang it I didn't take a picture. It was good my 4yr old daughter had seconds on it and didn't eat her mac&cheese so it had to be good..lol

    I will take a pic next time I just completely spaced it..
     
  3. kerbos5

    kerbos5 Fire Starter

    So I see you just joined so Ill cut you some slack this once, but consider this your warning...from now on we don't believe it till we see it. :)
     
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2014
  4. xtrema44

    xtrema44 Fire Starter

    Alright deal!! I look forward to seeing your Qviews.. [​IMG]  
     
  5. smokinadam

    smokinadam Smoking Fanatic

    I believe building something in mass qualities definitely will have issues on any brand you go with. There are always lemons. This grill will be a hit and I'm glad that Lowes finally has a pellet grill. Just need them to get a variety of pellets now instead of the blended chargriller kind.
     
  6. kerbos5

    kerbos5 Fire Starter

    Fortunately I have an Ace closer to me than Big Blue L  with lots of pellets. :) playing with it now while working from home, trying to understand where my temps are going to be, I decided to put the Pork in at 10pm tonight since its 14 pounds uncut!...and let it cook all night.....and day :) I have confidence it wont break. 
     
  7. smokinadam

    smokinadam Smoking Fanatic

    Best part of it! Don't need to control the temperature
     
  8. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looking forward to some heavy qview pics of this all night smoke. Some along the way showing any leakage or, better yet, how well it doesn't leak smoke. I'm on the fence with this unit and would really appreciate seeing one in action, so to speak. Pop that door up and let's see some pig at different stages of doneness and your input on how you feel it's working for you. I'm hoping to hear about a very happy ending to your long smoke.....so often we only hear the negatives. Thanks in advance.....Willie
     
  9. kerbos5

    kerbos5 Fire Starter

    You got it chef, gonna rub it down now. :)
     
  10. xtrema44

    xtrema44 Fire Starter

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  11. kerbos5

    kerbos5 Fire Starter

    Ok guys, some pics below....here is what I have learned the hard way, not all pellets are created equal...this is my first time on a pellet, I know it not a stick burner and wont have the strong smoke but I was a little taken back how light it was, even though I could smell the smoke and occasionally see thin white puffs. Pellets are not created equal!....I had some traegers laying around and used those in a "hickory" flavor....I put my amzn smoker in with some leftover dust as well, it was good but expected more smokey flavor, well after some research last night turns out traeger hickory really isn't 100 percent hickory its laced with hickory oil with only God knows what filler wood. So I did some more research and ordered some "good stuff"....I think. I had about 20 ppl over in the neighborhood for dinner & a Backyard movie on my 120 inch screen, and none of them had any complaints, I guess I'm my own worse critic at this point, but at least I have a baseline to go off of now. Chef W. I didn't get a chance to take a pic of smoke leakage none of the pics turned out and did any justice, but I can tell you its minimal, I will get these other pellets and amzn maze going and experiment some more...still trying to find that one rub I cant live without but havent found it yet, it was Rufus Teagues this round....with all that said I love the convenience I slept like a baby all night got up in the morning filled hopper and let it do its thing for almost 15 hours and let rest for 2, I went thru about 16 pounds of pellets.




     
  12. xtrema44

    xtrema44 Fire Starter

    Looks great!!!![​IMG]When I did the pork roast(THAT I DIDN'T TAKE PICS OF) I used a rub that I picked up at a local ranch&home that I get my pellets at.. It was made by Louisiana Grill called Tennesee Apple Butter Chop and the whole family loved it.. A couple buddies stopped by and ate up the rest and loved it..
     
  13. xtrema44

    xtrema44 Fire Starter

    Alright Kerbos, I decided to cook up some chicken legs for the family this afternoon.. I took pics this time..[​IMG]




    The finished product!!

     
  14. kerbos5

    kerbos5 Fire Starter

    Yeah that looks yummmmy!
     
  15. xtrema44

    xtrema44 Fire Starter

    Thanks.. I had to manually start the grill again last night..[​IMG]
     
  16. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Well, fellas......that all looks pretty damn tasty to me. The bark appears to be very plentiful for the bark sharks and that smoke ring looks to be almost an inch deep. Nice to hear it didn't leak heat/smoke all over the place.......you're making it hard for me to keep the wallet in my pocket with reviews like this. Those lowly chicken legs look transformed into golden deliciousness with some pullback off the bone and the sausages look like they would go down real easy with an ice cold beverage. I've read other posts where they hit it with the 'smoke' setting for about 15-20 minutes at the end to impart a heavier smoke flavor for those that can't have it to smoky....perhaps that info would help out in a future smoke. Yeah, pellets are an issue and there are a few threads on here where guys have given input on the good, bad and uglys of the available pellets. I've read Traegers ingredients on the bag and nowhere did it say the wood was the flavor listed so I assumed it was oiled. Hate to say it but they might be from China as well since the boats coming over with their units anyway why not get a few pallets of pellets thrown on. There is a pellet users group on here now and I'm sure plenty of intel on brands.....Thx for the update......Willie
     
  17. xtrema44

    xtrema44 Fire Starter

    Thanks Chef, I will say mine does poor the smoke out of everywhere when I have to manually start the grill and it get going but for just a little bit.. I do try that at the end just turning it to smoke for about 20 mins.. To me it serves two purposes one it gives it that smoky taste I love and two is I like to cool down a little bit before turning it off..The only down fall I have to say about the grill besides the fire rod issue is that my girlfriend says I am going to make us heavy!![​IMG]

    Kerdos, I forgot to ask what number do you like to run on the feed rate??

    For pellets I have only used the red devils that came free with it and I bought some from the local Ranch&Home that is there label..IDK who makes it for them.. They have 6 or 8 flavors..
     
  18. kerbos5

    kerbos5 Fire Starter

    Chef W. I got this thing really smoking for ya, I lit my amzn at both ends, and got the smoke setting going, wanted to get more season in the smoker, gonna make some pig candy and use whats left in the hopper before my hickory & perfect mix cookinpellets get here. you can see there is a little leakage on bottom of lid but remember I got this thing really going most of the smoke was out the stack, I thought about seeing if there was some fireproof fiberglass "tape" to make the lid just a tad more sealed but not sure that even exists for something like this, Gonna do some research I'm sure there is something.


     
  19. xtrema44

    xtrema44 Fire Starter

    Kerbos I have a friend who owns a stove shop and I will ask them if he has anything or can get something..
     
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2014
  20. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Oh yeah.....smoking up a storm. Well, like you said you're pumping more than usual. As the temp goes up the smoke backs off anyways. I had serious leakage with an old propane upright I was using and made a door gasket out of fiberglass rope available at stove shops and farm & ranch outlets. Easy to glue on and sealed pretty good. Thanks for the action pics.....believe my mind is about made up with this. For the price it looks/performs pretty good as I see it.....Willie
     

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