It is amazing to see how many customers are opting to add the favor of SMOKING to their Barbeque prowess! Whether you're using Char-Griller's Side Firebox as a Portable Table Top Grill or Side Firebox, this grill is relatively small it takes very little fuel to heat that grill up. When used for smoking, we want low and slow to keep that meat moist and tender. Most recipes call for 180 - 220 degrees. It’s easy to reach and maintain those temperatures in the main grill body, without getting anywhere near the limit of 400 degrees outlined in the Owner’s Manual. Damage to the finish is due to how much fuel and what kind of fuel is used. Fifteen (15) briquettes or one-half pound of lump charcoal is all the fuel needed. We in customer service know folks love the flavor of woods when they’re smoking! Just a reminder, wood is dense and burns much hotter than charcoal. If you love the flavor of smoking with wood, try using wood chips. There’s hickory, cherry, apple, pecan, maple, mesquite, and more. Char-Griller recommends soaking them in water overnight, but at a minimum of one hour before using. Once the fire is glowing and ashed over, add one handful of those wood chips. You’ll get all that smoke and flavor with none of the heat!
Just in case you’ve lost your owner’s manual, below are a few clips from it. Here are a couple of really good videos you might appreciate.(How to sand and repaint the Side Firebox)
Char-Griller wants our customers to get the longest life from your Char-Griller grill. Overheat happens, the most important steps to take are to prevent further damage from rusting. Remove any loose paint, sand down the affected area, and use a good high heat paint, such as Rustoleum for touch-ups. This is something that will be done from time to time depending on how often the grill is used and seasoned. Rustoleum #241169 is a great match for our powder coat!
I've gotten some really great feedback from a couple of videos I've sent other customers, so I'm going to include them for you. I hope they'll be helpful.
How to Sand and Repaint an Overheated Side Fire Box
How to Sand and Repaint Your Grill
How a Smoker Works https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryto7gmARdQ
How to Light and Control Your Grill Temperaturehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGubHuePfBI
Per the Owner’s Manual for Model 2-2424:
NEVER EXCEED 400 BECAUSE THIS WILL DAMAGE THE FINISH AND CONTRIBUTE TO RUST. PAINT IS NOT WARRANTED AND WILL REQUIRE TOUCH-UP. THIS UNIT IS NOT WARRANTED
AGAINST RUST. 2. To START FIRE – stack 15 briquettes in pyramid and saturate with lighter fluid (DON’T USE GASOLINE). Light coals in several places, close lid after briquettes ash over or _ gray, spread them out and start cooking. If one end burns faster, use tongs to move coals from one end to the other for even heat. ALWAYS FOLLOW CHARCOAL AND LIGHTER FLUID MANUFACTURERS’ INSTRUCTIONS AND WARNINGS.