My $8.00, 2 minute Fire box mod.

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by chisoxjim, Apr 26, 2009.

  1. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Needed to get the fuel out of the ash to keep the temps up at later stages of smokes. I am not a metal worker so this is what I came up with. Bought and eaxtra charcoal grate for the Weber, set it on top of the old grate, steadied it with 2 balls of foil, and voilla.. Done.

    Worked great, temps stayed steady into hour 5,and the ashes fell through.

  2. Thanks for sharing, cheap enough of a mod. can't tell if the grate is sitting on anything else other than the foil, if not maybe two more balls of foil for more steadiness?
    aka Rocky
  3. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member


    good call on the additional foil balls, the rack was steady yesterday, but a couple additional balls wouldnt hurt.

    It worked great temp wise, I held about 235 for the whole 5 hours using lump as my main fuel, and adding a chunk or two of hickory, and mesquite every 45 mins or so.
  4. Jim that is great to hear on the temps... may try something like that on my seperate firebox, it could use a bit more airflow underneath.

    I am doing up 25 pounds of jerky this weekend... some teriyaki and some using my Marinade/Cure.
    thanks again,
    aka Rocky
  5. gaga

    gaga Fire Starter

    Great mod!!!

    I just bought my first Char-griller smoker and the mod that I am least lookfing forward to is fabricating a fire box cage. If you say this is successful, then I'll invest the $8!
  6. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I am 1 for 1 based on last weekends smoke. I was able to keep the temps up where in previous smokes it would fall between hours 4 - 6 because of all the ash.

    hope it works for you.

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