Hello from Illinois!

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by cab2g, May 19, 2012.

  1. cab2g

    cab2g Fire Starter

    Hello Everyone!

    I am new to the smoking world, but my dad has been using the same offset smoker for a good 15+ years with some amazing results over the years. I used to own a vertical water smoker. But because I got the cheapest model, it didn't have a sealed underside and the draft caused me to use up a lot of coal and have undesirable results!

    So I finally bit the bullet and bought a Char-Griller Smokin Pro 1224 offset smoker. And even though it's cheap compared to the professional grade smokers, I am pretty sure I can mod it to get some great results. I have already done the standard chimney extension and dual grill-level thermometer additions. I also sealed the chimney and connection between the side fire box and main box to keep the heat in longer.

    I would still like to seal up the doors a little better as a lot of smoke comes out through them as well, but I think that's pretty doable. I heard I just need to spray on some cooking spray on one surface and make a bead of silicone around the complete peremeter to seal up the doors.

    Either way, my absolute favorite smoked food is ribs! I have 2 slabs in the freezer just waiting to be cooked! I look forward to participating in this community and learning a thing or two!
    Last edited: May 19, 2012
  2. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    [​IMG]  to SMF.
  3. swisha

    swisha Newbie

    hey nice rig, im sure it will smoke them ribs to perfection! those char grillers are nicely made with the heavy steel cooking compartment, bet you will enjoy 15+ years of smoking satisfaction on that rig as your dad has. welcome to SMF!
  4. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hello and [​IMG]to SMF - glad to have you here 
  5. uncle_lar

    uncle_lar Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    [​IMG]  to the forum form another Illinoian. looks like ya got a good start. You will be smoking like a pro in no time!
  6. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome aboard!

    Good luck and good smoking.
  7. cab2g

    cab2g Fire Starter

    Thanks for the warm welcome everybody! It's funny because I saw a few issues with people not being able to maintain temps in the Char-Griller, but last night I had the main cooking chamber lid cracked open because the Char-Griller rotisserie doesn't fit perfectly even with the side knock out. The grill was able to maintain temps of over 250 with just a couple small pieces of hickory and a basket full of charcoal. When I did about 1/3 wood and charcoal The main chamber was at about 350 with the lid cracked open. Needless to say this smoker is leaps and bounds better than my last smoker!  I can't wait to smoke some ribs next!

    Below is a picture of the basket I just made w/o any welding. I used old toilet bolts and washers to rest the basket on the Grill brackets. That way I can pull out the ashes without disturbing the coals. After a 5 hour burn There was still airflow under the basket and I didn't even have to clean out the ashes. So that's pretty impressive. I had to clean out the ashes 3 to 4 times per smoking session with my old smoker!

    Last edited: May 20, 2012

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