View Full Version : Updating the lil Caveman GROGG

08-25-2011, 11:20 PM
GROGG is my mUDS, started out as a simple build flat lid, yadda yadda, then i learned that i needed a difuser, so i jerry rigged one in, now i wanted to add an extra rack, and unjerry the riggin i did for the diffuser, and went about it like this.

first went and picked up a rack at HD ( that's what started this whole thing, i was just gonna install the one rack, then i got an idea... then another...)
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then i realized that i wanted to put a rack under the diffuser... but was too lazy to go all the way back to HD... so went to Lowes around the corner....they didnt have the same rack that i wanted... but they had this...
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it was on clearance. just under 10 bux which was about the same price as the weber grate i got at HD, heck why not i thought...

while i was at lowes i thought, im sick of dumping the whole smoker out every time i wanna cook to get rid of the ash... so i needed an ash catcher under and attached to the charcoal basket, so i went to walmart, and got a 12" pizza pan. and i bent a clothes hanger and made a handle to make the install and removal of the basket handier.
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initial fit of the lid of that cheapo kit not the best, so i had to make it fit, it has a nice hinge on it.. well not nice.. it's pretty crappy but i dont have to find a place to put my lid anymore, it's kinda nice
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here's the first ( bottomest rack for the diffuser)
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THEN BAAAAM!!! another idea, i'd take the charcoal grate from cheapo, and turn it into a shelf...so i did
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see, it works just right
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here he is all in his three rack glory
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now for some important info, there is 5 inches between the two cooking racks, and about 6-7 inches between the top rack and the lid plenty of room for stuff!!!

im smokin now and im bummed. i had a smokey joe lid on it before and as you know the holes in the lid are oh about 3/4 inch... maybe or something, either way WAY larger than the holes on this new lid and it chokes out fire, leaving me having to keep the lid propped open just a hair, so im gonna have to open them holes up to a better size tomorrow.:doh: :doh: :doh: :doh:

08-26-2011, 12:24 AM
chicken turned out pretty good... did my normal thing with the skin and threw it all away, stupid farkin skin o i also deboned half the thighs, and left the bone in the rest, dusted em with Yardbird ( GIT SOME) cooked em the boned ones on the bottom grate, and the boneless ones on top,

then i took em out set one aside for tastetesting, chopped the rest up for sammiches tomorrow, mixed in a lil BIGBUTZ Cranberry ( GIT SOME) and it's doin it's thang in the fridge til lunch tomorrow!!

08-26-2011, 12:48 AM
If I wanted to search craigslist for a drum like that, what should I look for?

08-26-2011, 02:35 AM
Now....smoke me a rattler on the Grogg!
Cool looking table...I envy your uglyness!

08-26-2011, 08:56 AM
If I wanted to search craigslist for a drum like that, what should I look for?

Uuuuummmm....23 gallon steel barrel??? This was a grease barrel(automotive bearing grease) but had the grease in a plastic removable liner, its been awesome lil cooker

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08-26-2011, 08:57 AM
Now....smoke me a rattler on the Grogg!
Cool looking table...I envy your uglyness!

I haven't seen one single one since the last one :(

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08-26-2011, 08:59 AM
Where is the SPAM?

08-26-2011, 09:11 AM
That is one mFuds for sure. :becky: I want one.

08-26-2011, 09:12 AM
I love good ol' American ingenuity! Here's a thought for more vents on the top. I used a step bit to drill the holes & metal electrical junction box plugs. Cheers!!!
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08-26-2011, 10:28 AM
Where is the SPAM? BLECHT!!!! not in this house....eh eh....

That is one mFuds for sure. :becky: I want one.

it's sure fun i've gotta butt goin now since 730 went took a shower, now im chillin online, not even worrying about it, holdin steady at 220ish, dont have to feed this lil guy like i do GRUNTER.

now i need to find an 85 gal drum so i can build a BFUDS

08-26-2011, 10:50 AM
Slick! Love that added shelf too.

08-26-2011, 11:46 AM
It's quite handy already, it puts the thermo at a good angle so at a glance i can see where im at.

08-26-2011, 05:40 PM
gosh i love this thing, fire's been on since 7:30 and i havent touched it!! still rockin 230 cookin a porkbutt like it's nothing!!!

08-26-2011, 07:44 PM
FARKIN FREAK RAIN/WIND storm took the cooker from 230 to 180 in 2 min flat!!! holy fark. but thanks to it's small size i was able to bring further under the porch, make a chair air dam and the temps are back up to 250 within 5 min