Here is my Char Griller Grand Champ xd review.
Based on my experience I have discussed specs, dimensions, thickness, thermometer, cover , mods , models etc all in detail.
I waited for the release of this smoker with so much enthusiasm.
And now here is it. I already have a lot of stuff , more good and less bad to share with you about this smoker.
- Char Griller Grand Champ XD Review ( Summary )
- Common Doubts
- Why buy it ?
- Who should not buy it?
- What accessories do we get with Chargriller Champ XD?
- What are the alternatives?
- What are the different Models of Chargriller Grand Champ?
- Char Griller Champ Xd Modifications
- Social Proofs
- My Final Take
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Char Griller Grand Champ XD Review ( Summary )
Let’s face it . This smoker is a beast . At least for me. Tough Body , Even temperature balance, and design that feeds exactly to my needs
The amount of work the char griller guys have put on to improve this smoker is commendable.
This has become one of my favorite smokers. For its simplicity yet powerful combination of quality and the price range.
However it is also important to discuss other things in detail too and in perspective.
I have tried to explain everything in a simple and precise way so that you get something out of it.
Let’s dive in … Feel free to skip the portions you are not interested in.
- Color : Black
- Fits No. of Burgers : 36
- Front/Side Shelf : Fixed
- Fuel Capacity (lb.) : 4
- Grill Color Family : Black
- Grill Grate/Surface Material : Stamped Steel
- Grill Material : Painted Steel
- Grill Wheels : Two
- Grill/Smoker Category : Barrel
- Grill/Smoker Fuel Type : Charcoal, Wood
- Ignition Type : No Ignition System
- Primary Cooking Space (sq. in) : 719
- Product Weight (lb.) : 140
- Secondary Cooking Space (sq in.) : 293
- Total Cooking Space (sq. in) : 1012
# Thickness :
There is no compromise in the thickness of the body. New models have been made thicker. Thick enough to cause the pre-installed gasket to seal the stick.
There is no swing in the temperature. The unit lasts longer. It is fuel efficient and you need to add fuel for a long time.
The capacity is large enough to smoke brisket , ribs, pork butts, and BBQ at the same time in a large quantity. Basically it can smoke meat for the whole family.
# Temperature Hold or Leakages
As the temperature rises, it may cause uneven cooking of the meat. But it is easy to control and handle.
This provides the even cooking of the meat throughout the system.
Few leakages of smoke and heat can be expected but even it can also be reduced by using the gasket on the doors and sealing the gaps with the silicone.
Why buy it ?
I think one of the main reason is the price range . It beats most of the smokers in the category.
Typically the meat is cooked and seared quickly. This griller does the reverse searing of the meat making it more tender and juicy which I really love.
It is also large enough to smoke 10lbs of pork belly for bacon.
Who should not buy it?
If you are a beginner then I don’t recommend buying this . Since there are lots of smokers in a better range and quality. For Eg : You can opt for Oklahoma smokers, Dyna Glo etc.
Saying that, I feel that beginners can go with lower price smokers.
Since most beginners are trying out for the sake of experiencing. And there are high chances you end up not liking smoking at all.
Trust me , I have friends and families who ended selling their expensive smokers after a few months of use.
Take time. Try to learn and grow slowly. If you feel it is good for you, you can always upgrade later. Else it might be another hurdle just to get rid of it.
What accessories do we get with Chargriller Champ XD?
It is always a bonus when the unit comes with the accessories. The accessories included in this unit are:
- Char griller grand champ xd thermometer—Yes
- Charcoal basket——Yes
- The easily dump ash pans—Yes
- Char griller grand champ xd cover.—No. But you can always get one from the manufacturer site.
What are the alternatives?
It’s hard to compare Char Griller Champ with any other smoker of its range . Especially their latest upgrade.
However there are few smokers which I found to be quite powerful.
In terms of their price, material quality and mostly because of their customer base or feedback.
Oklahoma Joe’s Longhorn comes to my mind. I love this smoker because of its famous reverse flow design and bigger size. And of course the name Oklahoma joe. However if you are for a competition then I do not recommend you this.
This is how it looks like..
But in case you want to go for something smaller then you can go for the Highland Model of Oklahoma Joe.
But remember to take the reverse flow version . Both options are available in both the models.
In case you are interested in learning more about their difference find here.
What are the different Models of Chargriller Grand Champ?
This is the deal . You can’t go wrong with Chargriller Grand Champ when it comes to customer satisfaction.
These guys are improving in all of their upgrades. Which is why you may find different models for their products.
It’s very important to choose the right one according to your needs.
- Char Griller Grand Champ 8100
- Char Griller Grand Champ 8250
- Char-Griller Grand Champ 2020
Okay , I will tell you their differences
- Char-Griller Grand Champ 2020 is thicker than Char Griller Grand Champ 8250.
- Char-Griller Grand Champ 8250 is thicker than Char Griller Grand Champ 8100.
Makes sense?.. Obviously there are few other differences but this is the primary difference between these models. Leave a feedback if you want me to explain more..
Char Griller Champ Xd Modifications
I did few modification of Char Griller Champ Xd. The result has been terrific with less leakage of heat and smoke. Know more about offset smoker modifications.
Here are some response from different users. .. I have taken the snapshots from comments (YouTube).
My Final Take
# Go for it..
For me this is really a smoker that hits directly to my needs. If you are serious about offset smoking, or want it for a competition. You can go for it.
# Another Option Can be
If you are a beginner and looking to try out hands on offset smoker then you can opt for Oklahoma Joes .
# Looking for a specific purpose?
And if you are looking for a specific purpose then we have discussed all types of offset smokers in detail .