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wimberly1951 04-08-2013 03:47 PM

BBQ Guru Hole Placement in Kettle Grill
I have ordered a NanoQ. BBQ Guru recommends that the hole for the adapter to be drilled below the charcoal grate, but I saw somewhere that someone recommended putting it above the charcoal grate and below the cooking grate.

Any suggestions or advice based on your experience.


BobM 04-08-2013 05:13 PM

On a WSM, the pit adapter would normally go through one of the holes on a vent wheel, which is located right above the charcoal grate.

On a Weber kettle, the intake vents are below the charcoal grate, that is where I would put the adapter.

Nut 04-08-2013 07:13 PM

In the past I've read this:

Where he suggests:

On the Weber Kettle, the blower needs to go through a 1" hole that you drill in the grill. Their website and printed materials show it mounted at the bottom, below the charcoal grate, but that is on a Weber Smokey Mountain. I had problems with ash getting into the fan and with it blowing ash around down there. Since then I have drilled several holes in my old trusty 15 year old kettle testing locations (now I have an excuse to buy a new Weber Performer Kettle!), and, if your lid fits tightly, it can go pretty much anywhere between the cooking grate and the charcoal grate
So if I ever would get one (no matter which make) I would fit it between my cooking grate and charcoal grate.

wimberly1951 04-08-2013 07:39 PM


CUErious 04-08-2013 08:32 PM

BBQGuru is correct. You should place the blower below charcoal grate. It's important to allow the air to blow downwards and circulate around the bowl. I compete with two 22.5 Weber Kettles powered by a Cyber QII. I have not witnessed blowing ash. I've also gotten many top 5 calls, using this set up. I do use hardwood charcoal. I would stay away from usineg briquettes if you are concerned with blowing ash.

wimberly1951 04-09-2013 07:46 AM

Thanks for the info.

dadsr4 04-09-2013 09:01 AM

Here is a link with it above the coal grate.
"How I Got At Least $2,000 Worth of Grill for $540"

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