Originally Posted by Bludawg
So now it's a RF CG. Mine aint insulated but I cooked a brisket the other day it was 26 when I lit the splits. It came right up to 300 in 20 min. I guess if your burning charcoal you need it. if you have trouble with stale smoke and no heat you might want to rethink the dryer duct thing. I cut the ends out of a Tallboy can and stuffed it in the bottom of the pipe seems to work just fine. I used the CI grates that where in the fire box and flipped the Coal pan over on top or a baffle system. Drilling holes will equalize your temps Mine is dead even any where on the surface. Three linear lines one center and 1 on each side at an equal distance. start the holes 4 In from the FB wall 1//4" and increase the drill size 2 sizes with each set every 4 " up to 1/2" hole size 4 " from the stack side.
Bludawg, I was wondering does extending the stack down to grate level but leaving it on the original side contribute to losing heat and smoke quicker. The reason I did the reverse flow mod was so the smoke and heat were forced to travel over the food and then out the smoke stack. I figured if I just added the deflector plate and only extended the pipe down to grate level while keeping it on the original side it would force the smoke under and then right out the chimney. what do you think? Also I bought my Char-Griller in 2002 and it didn't come with the CI fire box grates, just a wimpy little charcoal grate.