Char-Griller Smokin Pro

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by brennan, Jul 24, 2007.

  1. brennan

    brennan Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    That's very true, it's kinda sad that I have to demote her to sidekick status though. Oh well She'll get over it.
     
  2. flagriller

    flagriller Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    You think JB Weld would work in place of furnace cement?
    No, it's only heat resistant to 500* and furnace cement is to 2000* and is made for this purpose. It's only 3.99 a tub, so no big investment.

    Also What purpose will this serve?
    It seals the openings, keeping the heat from escaping and smoke in.


    I assume it's for added durability and stability but I want to be sure.
    Yes it does

    Will the same method work with the chimney mod as well or will I need to get some rivets and brackets to mount the mod?
    Put the cement on the chimney, slide the tubing over it and secure with a hose clamp.



    You got some pics of how this mod works? I don't want to make extra holes before I know all the hows and whys and end up with an oversized lawn ornament.
    I secured my lower end with a large paper clamp, the pop rivets and clip will be more permanent, any time you drill a hole, like for the two thermometers use the cement, it will seal and be more secure.

    Lard, oddly enough, is hard to come by here (prolly the Cali helath nut mentality). I'm assuming I can use crisco or some other shortening to cure my grates as thats what I used on my cast iron cookware.
    Yes, that will work just fine, it was just my preference.

    Thats also a good idea aout the foil...wish i thought of that when I did my pans. The oven still hasn't recovered from that.
    If you have a self cleaner, it should take it off, if not use a mild soap solution and some elbow grease.
     
  3. brennan

    brennan Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Thanks for all that info. Sorry if I seem to be nuking this, but I expect to get a lot of mileage outta this baby and don't want any irreversable mistakes.

    About the hose clamp, would the ones that normally come with the dryer vent (if you buy the set these come with it) work? or would I need something else? Is the clamp temporaty until the cement sets or am I going to want something permanent?

    Is there a way to secure the lower end of the chimney extension using the cement? or will the cement not adhere to the vent very well?
     
  4. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Deejay says:

    Better to learn from others mistakes then to make then yourself! [​IMG]
    (Cheaper to)
     
  5. flagriller

    flagriller Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

     
  6. flagriller

    flagriller Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

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  7. brennan

    brennan Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Thanks for the info. a couple more questions I think...

    Hose clamps, Those are those slotted metal straps that you tighten with a screw right? or is it something else?

    I think I have an idea for the bottom of the vent, I should be able to make a mounting bracket with some of the cement and a couple metal brackets so I can just slide the vent in and out...it seems to look ok in my head.

    as for the location of the vent goes, I guess its up to personal prefrence where it goes. I was thinking in the front left corner of the lid. I'm not sure if there'll be a warming basket in my rig, if not, I'll probably mount the vent in the back. Is there any location that's best for the vent?
     
  8. hawgheaven

    hawgheaven Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yup, that's it. They are usually right next to the vent tubing at Lowes...


    See the attached pic... I fabricated a bracket out of sheet metal, drilled a hole thru it and the lid, then pop riveted it in place.


    If you install it like the pic shows, your warming rack won't hit it.

    Any questions, just ask! [​IMG]
     
  9. brennan

    brennan Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Thanks Hawg, that pic helps a lot. I think instead of drilling extra holes I'm gonna try using some cement to hold the bracket in place.
     
  10. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have had one of these smokers since the fall of 2005, and think it does a decent enogh job. It was actually one of the first items I bought for the new house after we moved in. My deck looked empty before it found its home out there.
     
  11. hawgheaven

    hawgheaven Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    No problem.

    I suppose the cement will work, but I prefer hardware to cementing things, especially where it is exposed to harsh conditions. Just my 2cents...
     
  12. brennan

    brennan Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I'll give it a try, if it falls apart i can always drill a hole later.
     
  13. hawgheaven

    hawgheaven Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hey Brennan, where did you order it from? Just curious...
     
  14. brennan

    brennan Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Amazon.com. $189.00 free shipping Much better than if I got it from Lowes. Plus I can have em lug the box to my patio for me!
     
  15. hawgheaven

    hawgheaven Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Kool! The Lowes here in town has the main cooking chamber for $119 and the firebox for $54... cheaper than when I bought mine 3 years ago! Go figger...
     
  16. flagriller

    flagriller Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    The cement will not hold it. The cement is used to seal and give added support.
     
  17. brennan

    brennan Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Thats how much it was at my Lowes too, after you add it all together and add sales tax it was a little more expensive.
     
  18. flagriller

    flagriller Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    No, the cement will not hold by itself, you still need some type of hardware. All the cement does is seal to prevent leaks, and give some added strength. When it's used on a furnace, there are screws and bolts involved.

    Liken it to plummers putty or tape.
     
  19. hawgheaven

    hawgheaven Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Ahhh, but no sales tax in Delaware... [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  20. brennan

    brennan Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Ahh, Gotcha.
     

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