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Char Griller Gravity 980 Mods, 2021 (Oct), Solution in Detail

Initially I struggled finding out a good resource for Char Griller Gravity 980 Mods.

After a lot of research and a lot of queries with the people I know, I managed to try modifications on my own. 

I have put them together for people who are in a similar struggle. After all, my blog is all about the solutions and my experiences. 

So here are my top Char Griller Gravity 980 Mods that worked charm. 

And it is still one of my best attempts at modifications.

Hope it helps you in the same way.

Let’s begin..

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Char Griller Gravity 980 Mods


Mod 1 : Diffuser Modification.

# How to Modify a Diffuser?

Equipment:

Reynolds Wrap Non-Stick Aluminum Foil, 95 Square Feet
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  • Knife

Steps:

Step 1: Remove the diffuser from your griller and place it on the table.

Step 2: Take a sheet slightly larger than the size of the diffuser so that it is easier to wrap.

Char Griller Gravity 980 Mods
Diffuser and Foil

Step 3: Keep diffuser on the foil

Step 4: The bottom side of the diffuser should be up.

Step 5: Wrap around the diffuser with a sheet.

Char Griller Gravity 980 Mods
Wrap the Diffuser

Step 6: After wrapping, flip up the wrapped diffuser.

Step 7: Get a good press down with your both palms.

Step 8: Take a knife and cut into each of these slits.

Step 9: Prepared Diffuser.

Char Griller Gravity 980 Mods
Modified Diffuser

Step 10: If you are going to sear something, you can take the foil off.

Mod 2 : Sealing the Hopper

# How to seal up the Charcoal Hopper on the Gravity Series Char-Griller?

Equipment:

Fireblack® Hi Temp BBQ smoker Gasket Self Stick 15 ft High Heat 1/2 x 1/8 Black
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J-B Weld 31314 High Temperature RTV Silicone Gasket Maker and Sealant - Red - 3 oz.
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Steps:

Step 1: Cut the gasket with a scissor according to the hopper top size.

Step 2: Open the hopper lid and put gasket material around the hopper with the help of Hi-Temp RTV.

Char Griller Gravity 980 Mods
Sealing with Gasket

Mod 3 : Adding a Rotisserie.

# How to add a Rotisserie?

Equipment:

Steps: 

Step 1: Mark the places where you make holes on your grill.

Char Griller Gravity 980 Mods
Mark before drill

Step 2: Drill both sides near the grate holder to fix the brackets.

Step 3: Fix the bracket near the right grate holder with a sheet metal screw.

Char Griller Gravity 980 Mods
Bracket

Step 4: Next, the motor mounting bracket will mount on the left side of the smoker near the side table.

Step 5: Drill one more hole to hold the rotisserie according to the motor mounting bracket hole.

Char Griller Gravity 980 Mods
Hole for Rotisserie

Step 6: Measure from the motor mounting bracket to the opposite side where the other bracket is located. So that you can know what the length of the rotisserie should be.

Step 7: Fix the thumbscrew with rotisserie to attach on the right side bracket.

Step 8: Attach the rotisserie with the motor through the bracket hole and fix the rest of the end with the right side bracket.

Char Griller Gravity 980 Mods
Attached Rotisserie with motor

Mod 4 : Adding a Temp Gauge.

# How to add a Temp Gauge?

Equipment:

It’s incredibly simple. 

Steps:

Step 1: Mark those places at the same distance from the “char-griller” sticker located on the top of the lid.

Char Griller Gravity 980 Mods
Drilling to fix the Gauge

Step 2: Drill on the two marks

Char Griller Gravity 980 Mods
Fixing two Gauge

Step 3: Fix the temp gauge.

Char Griller Gravity 980 Mods
Fixed Gauge

# How to Burn-in and Season Char-griller 980?

  • Take off all the racks and diffuser and spray canola oil or any cooking oil inside the grill.
  • You can coat the metal surfaces inside of the grill and drip tray.
  • Keep back racks and all and spray on them.
  • Close the lid of your grill.
  • Poor charcoal in the hopper and open the lid for airflow.
  • Open the fan cover door and ash clean out door.
  • Remove the damper and open the back vent.
  • Get on fire with starters or paper towels.
  • Close the hopper lid after 5 minutes or when you see the smoke billowing from the hopper. And also close the ash cleanout door.
  • Press your power button, turn it on, and set the temperature at 345F for 30 to 90 minutes.
  • Turn on the turbo button.
  • After the procedure unplugged your grill.
  • Close the fingerboard and keep back the damper.

FAQs

# Why is the Char-Griller 980 Gravity better?

Because it is easy to use, you can set your desired temperature and let it.

The onboard digital controller, automatic fan, and char griller app does the rest of the process.

Also, it is designed to maximize fuel efficiency.

The insulated grill’s body and the charcoal hopper provide consistent heat and temp.

Char-Griller 980 is durable and lasts longer.

# What to do for extra smoke on Char-Griller 980?

Take pieces of wood chunks and keep those in the ash pan.

The little bits of coal and ash will fall from inside the firebox, and they slowly ignite the chunks and produce smoke.

This way, you will get extra smoke.

Or you can add directly to the charcoal hopper doing layers like a bit of charcoal first, then add a little more wood chunk.

You can repeat according to your need.

# How do I connect my Char-Griller 980 to WIFI?

Download the Char-Griller app, select Bluetooth or wi-fi from the setting page, then enter the controller’s code.

# Why should I modify a diffuser of char-griller 980?

Because a modified diffuser can control the temperature and it doesn’t affect your unevenness of cooking.

It will be easier to smoke, grill and barbecue, and catch some foodstuff or sauce in the bottom of the grill.

It’s a good idea to keep your diffuser clean by using the foil in a diffuser.

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