Outdoor cooking down south style
Adding a Side Fire Box to the Char-GrillerPosted on March 29th, 2008 No commentsWe started with a Char-griller Pro that was delivered assembled from Lowes. We then decided to add the side fire box so we would have smoking capabilities. The firebox is sold separetely and is fairly easy to assemble and install. The most difficult part of the process is knocking out the existing damper. You well need to drill out the locations of the mounting bolts with a drill and 5/16″ bit. You can then take a hammer and remove the damper. You might be able to pound the damper out without drilling the holes, but drilling made the process much easier with little distortion to the surrounding metal. Before I installed the side fire box I discovered I would have to unbolt the main fire chamber from it’s stand, (4 bolts) and rotate base stand 180 degrees so that the wheels will now be on the left side as you face the grill. Originally the wheels are on the right and you use the left hand side wooden shelf as the handle when you are rolling the grill. When you add the firebox, which has a handle on it, the wheels will be on the wrong side making the new handle useless until you rotate the main chamber.
Notice that we laid the grill on it’s left side to accomplish our work. Once the damper plate was removed we took the new SFB and placed it on top of the right side main chamber. Unlike as suggested in the instructions, I was able to do this by myself. I the placed the bolts and installed the nuts to secure the SFB to the master chamber. Using a nut driver, it was a simple process to tighten these 6 bolts. There are then a couple of longer bolts and sleeves that you install to support the bottom of the SFB to the grill stand. You then attach the handles and you are done. The whole process took less that 45 minutes.