6 Excellent Char Griller Smokin Pro Modifications Ideas in September(2022)

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Unless we are dealing with high end smokers it is very hard to keep up everything perfect while smoking.

The same is true for Char-Griller Pro..

Char Griller Smokin Pro can have many issues such as :

  • Incorrect Thermometer Display
  • Hard to maintain constant smoke for a long time
  • High-temperature Issue in the cooking chamber
  • Huge temperature difference between the two edges of the cooking grates
  • Leakage from Firebox
  • Firebox paint damage issue etc.

With good modifications in place you can achieve some of the finest smoking results.

Hope it helps you in some way….

Also you can check our detailed guide on top 10 offset smoker modifications in 2021 where we have used Oklahoma Joe’s Highland as an example.

# Problem 1: Incorrect Thermometer Display.

– What is the reason behind it?

Usually, the thermometer that comes along with the Smoker is not of a high quality .

Due to this, a lot of people are confused on the thermometer reading.

Also the smoker comes with only a single thermometer. .

It is very obvious  that with a single thermometer, it is very hard to do a full smooth smoking.

In addition to that, you will have to deal with  wrong temperature display problem.

And eventually you might end up quitting the dream of making your best brisket.

It is good to have at least two thermometers.

Each one to check both the ends of the cooking grates.

## Modification 1: Getting another Thermometer.

Always prefer to use a high quality thermometer.

You can easily get it online for a good price.

If you prefer to buy a meat thermometer like mine, check it here.

GasSaf 3" Charcoal Grill Pit Smoker Temp Gauge Grill Thermometer Gauge with Fahrenheit and Heat Indicator, Larger Face with 3" Stainless Steel Stem, Easy to Read Temperature(100-550F)(2-Pack)
  • Package inclube: 2 packs. Dimensions: 3 1/8 inch large face bbq grill smoker pit thermometer stainless steel thermostat pit temp gauge, easy to read temperture. 3" stem, 1/2" NPT
  • Wide temperature ranges: Fahrenhite from 100F to 550F /37.78℃ to 287.78℃, It is a good helper for cooking temperature and time control, measurable boiling or frozen things
  • Feature: 3 color coded dial which shows exact temperature and no-fog glass lens.easy to read temperture
  • For maximum durability and reliability, the thermometer is made out of 304 stainless steel. This is not only safe but also environmentally friendly
  • Easy to install on your grill, oven or oven panel for convenient usage

– Material Used:

YOTOO Extendable Ratchet Set 3Pcs 1/4", 3/8" & 1/2" Drive 72 Tooth Flex-Head Quick Release Locking Ratchets
  • EXTENDABLE RATCHET SET-Handles extend to provide a longer reach and increased torque. The 1/4" wrench can reach from 6.75 to 8.75-inches; 3/8" wrecnch reach 9.5 to 13.5-inches; 1/2" wrench reach 13.5 to 19-inches.
  • FLEXIBLE HEADS FOR ANY ANGLE OPERATION- Each ratchet has a 180-degree flex head that allows you to easily reach fasteners at almost any angle
  • THREE QUICK FUNCTIONAL MECHANISMS FOR EASY TO USE- Quick release button allows effortless socket removal. Quick forward and reverse switch for easily change direction to fasten or loose nut. Quick secure locking system for easily use.
  • 72-TOOTH MECHANISM - Inside the head of each ratchet is a 72-tooth reversible ratcheting mechanism that only needs a 5 degree arc
  • WARRANTY&SUPPORT: ONE YEAR WARRANTY. If any problems, please feel free to contact us.
DEWALT Socket Set, 3/8-Inch Drive, SAE/Metric, 34-Piece (DWMT73804)
  • Mechanic socket set comes in locking, stackable case with removable inner tray
  • Metric socket set 3/8-inch drive exceeds ANSI specifications
  • Socket set metric and standard has 72 tooth count ratchet providing a 5 degree arc swing for maneuverability in restricted areas
  • Clear identification on sockets with hard stamped markings
  • Control while handling sockets with knurled rings
DEWALT Titanium Nitride Coated Drill Bit Set, Pilot Point, 21-Piece (DW1361)
  • DEWALT drill bit set has connectable accessory storage system to optimize storage space
  • Patented bit-bar design of the drill bits set allows easy removal of bits and customizable placement
  • Clear lid of the Titanium Nitride Coated drill bit set allows you to easily see contents at glance
  • Clip latch for secure closing
  • Small Bulk Storage size fits inside the Small and Medium ToughCase plus (sold separately) - Ideal for organizing loose bits
BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX* POWERECONNECT Cordless Drill/Driver + 30 pc. Kit (LD120VA)
  • VERSATILE 30 PC. SET – Includes a wide variety of bits and accessories for drilling and driving tasks.
  • CORDLESS DRILL/DRIVER – Compact, lightweight design for versatile use.
  • 24-POSITION CLUTCH – Prevents stripping and overdriving screws for added control.
  • SOFT-GRIP HANDLE – Ergonomic design for extra comfort.
  • POWERCONNECT BATTERY SYSTEM – Interchangeable battery system means you can use one battery for multiple different tools.

– Steps To Follow:

  1. Preparation :
  • On the cooking chamber door towards the opening edge, mark 5.25 inches upward and 2 inches from the left edge, as shown in the picture. 
How to mount thermometer | Char-griller pro modificationshar-
Thermometer placement.
  • In the same way, you can do it on the other side.
  1. Action :
  • Now you can drill the three-eighths holes on both sides using the ⅜ tiny drill. Both holes should be at the same level.
3/8 hole for thermometer on the lid.
Thermometer Hole.
  • Now you have to fix the thermometer.
  • The thermometer has to be fixed at the lid level where the items are being set for smoking.

# Problem 2: Hard to maintain constant smoke for a long time.

What is the reason behind it?

These can be due to multiple factors like leakages through the joints and lids.

It may also be due to improper fire management..

## Modification 2: Sealing the Door and Lid.

– Material Used:

You can use Lava Lock gasket material (8 inches by ⅝ by 8 feet ) .

Self-stick works pretty well, and It’s rated at a thousand degrees.

– Steps To Follow:

  1. Preparation :
  • Usually, companies use some chemicals in the manufacturing process, so we need to wash everything inside the chamber with soap and water and dry it before using the gasket sealant.
  1. Action :
  • Put the strip all over the lip and the lid of the cooking chamber.
How to stick strips on lip of the cooking chamber.
Gasket all over the cooking chamber.
Gasket all over the lid | Char- griller pro modifications.
Gasket all over the lip of the lid.
  • Stick strips over the firebox.
Gasket on a firebox photo.
Strip all over the firebox.

# Problem 3: High-temperature Issue in the cooking chamber.

What is the reason behind it?

As the smoke comes out of the firebox and goes through the cooking chamber, the metal plates used for tuning the smoke can get heated up high.

These are sometimes hard to control and also can lead to damage to the smoker’s body. 

## Modification 3: Using Aluminium Duct pipe/ Dryer vent

– Material Used:

– Steps To Follow:

  1. Preparation :
  • Clean the exit for the smoke inside the cooking chamber.
  • The exit usually is a hole towards the exact opposite side of the firebox.
  • It is the pathway for the smoke as it finally exits through the chimney.
  1. Action :
  • Cut a small portion at one end of a duck pipe (approximately one inch and a half of a duct pipe.)
  • To the other end, attach a rubber sheet with the help of a silicone sealant.
  • Now connect the duct pipe to the smoke exit inside the cooking chamber.
  • Use bolts in the rubber sheet to do this.
A dryer vent inserted inside the cooking chamber photo.
Dryer vent

Before inserting the rubber sheet attached to duct pipe
Rubber sheet

# Problem 4: Huge temperature difference between the two edges of the cooking grates.

What is the reason behind it?

Leakage is one big reason for this.

But we can’t deny the fact that the design also has some role in maintaining the smoke.

The portion of the cooking chamber, which is near to the firebox, tends to be more heated.

This sometimes causes a huge gap between the ends of the cooking grates.

This is a problem as one side of the food can be left under cooked.

## Modification 4: Using a Baffle plate and bowls with water.

– Material Used:

  • You can collect metal sheets( 3-foot lengths) from home depot. Or you can buy readymade baffle plates from Amazon.

– Steps To Follow:

  1. Preparation :
  • Take out the grates from the cooking chamber.
  • Seal the joints inside the cooking chamber and firebox with silicone sealant.
  • Incase you are making your own baffle plates with the help of metal shears.
    – You need to cut the metal sheet in two pieces. It should be the same size.
    – Tilt the metal sheets and bend the side which is to be near the firebox hole.
  • Get ready with two aluminium bowls with water .
  1. Action :
  • Place the three bricks on the bottom inside the cooking chamber.
Three bricks placed inside the cooking chamber.
Three bricks inside the cooking chamber.
  • Place the metal sheets on both sides over the bricks as shown in the image.
Baffle plateabove the bricks in the cooking chamber photo.
Baffle plate above the bricks in the cooking chamber.
  • Place the baffle plates in such a way that it insulates the upper portion of the hole ( Joints between firebox and cooking chamber).

    The lower portion will allow smoke to travel towards the cooking chamber. Shown in the image below..
Bent baffle plate placed near the firebox.
Baffle plate placed near the firebox.

# Problem 5: Leakage from Firebox.

What is the reason behind it?

Char-Griller comes with very thin metal walls.

Also, it does not come fully with sealed joints.

These can lead to smoke and heat loss during smoking.

## Modification 5: Using Gasket sealant.

– Material Used:

– Steps To Follow:

  1. Preparation :
  • Clean the inner and outer surface of the firebox.
    Otherwise the gasket may not stick well.
  1. Action :
  • Peel off the Lava Gasket material.
  • Put the strip on the door and the lip of the lid.
  • Seal every corner and joint inside the firebox with a Heat Silicone sealant.
Sealed corner and joint with heat silicone sealant.
Silicone sealant around the joints.

# Problem 6: Firebox paint damage issue.

What is the reason behind it?

 Due to excess heat, the firebox feels rusty, and paint comes off.

One way is to solve this by saving it from the rain and covering it up when you are not using the smoker.

Also, the modification listed below can help to protect.

## Modification 6: Using the charcoal box inside.

– Material Used:

– Steps To Follow:

  1. Preparation :
  • Smoothen the rusted area with sand paper.
Smothen rusted area of the firebox with sandpaper.
Smoothing rusted area.
  • Wipe all dust and loose paint with a clean rag.
  • You must shake the paint can before you open it.
  • Shoot somewhere that first initial spray.
  1. Action :
  • Spray over the rusted area.
  • Let it dry in the sun.
  • Spray the second time after drying in the sun.
  • Let it dry again.
  • Lastly, cover the firebox.

# Does my charcoal grill need to be seasoned?

Every few months or so, you should season your Char Griller.
Because this will be sufficient to prevent corrosion and preserve the non-stick seasoned coating.

# Essential Accessories for the Char Griller Smokin Pro.

  1. Cover
  2. Ash Pan/Drip Pan
  3. Chimney
  4. High Heat Silicone Sealant
  5. Lava Lock gasket
  6. Fire Bricks
  7. Aluminium foil bowls
  8. Thermometer Gauge

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