Outdoor cooking down south style
Char-Griller Firebox ModsPosted on February 13th, 2009 1 commentWhen used for smoking the stock side fire box on the Char-Griller tends to block air flow as the ashes build up in the bottom of the fire box. The addition of a charcoal basket will increase your burn time without having to remove the ashes. I’ve read about others tackling this problem by bolting straps to the firebox to elevate a basket but I came up with an easy fix of my own that requires no modifications the the original fire box and still allows you to use the fire box grates to grill on with the basket installed.
I started with one of Char-Grillers vegetable grilling baskets that I found at my local Lowes home improvement store.
As you can see the stock basket has wire on the top perimeter of the basket and a handle attachment devise that is riveted on. By removing these we were able to reduce the width of the basket to 14″ allowing us to easily pass the basket through the fire box door.
The top wires can be cut using a hacksaw or heavy duty wire cutters. You will then need to drill out the two rivets holding the handle attachment to the basket. With the basket cut down to size, we then took 2 lengths of 5/16″ stainless steel all thread rod 14-3/4″ long and ran them through the far most left and right basket holes.
By using the second row of holes down, we elevated the basket to just above the original charcoal grate. This allows the side firebox door to slide in and out without hitting the basket ( see the side view).
With the rods centered on the basket, a 5/16″ stainless steel washer and nut was placed on all four corners of the basket where the rods pass through to secure the rods in place.
The rods of the basket then rest on the original grate rails and you are able to place the grates on top of the basket allowing you to use the side fire box as a grill without having to remove your charcoal basket.
The hardware we used was stainless steel and will last more than the life of your grill. Bruce Watkins Supply in Wilmington, N.C. had all the hardware I needed in stock. They carry a large supply of stainless steel all thread and fasteners and will be glad to cut rod to any length needed and will ship to you anywhere. Just give them a call at 910-762-3131 and ask for Shifty or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
One Response to “Char-Griller Firebox Mods”
Nice, just plain simple, thanx for posting