Cueing in Carolina wrote:
I love the pics, they are very helpful. However, I am looking for someone to explain a couple of things. How to install the therms at grate level and how to install the smoke stake extention. I would like to do these to my grill but I haven't seen anyone post instructions on how to install them. Please help.
I don't have any therms at grate level, but I can tell you how to do the smokestack mod...
Go to Home Depot or Lowe's. Near the dryer section, they will have a section that has all kinds of dryer vents. They should have 3", 4", flexible, non-flexible, etc.
This is not the section you want to be in. I made the mistake of getting a dryer vent from this section and ended up having to do my mod again. I'll explain why later...
If you keep looking you will find a section that has heating and air conditioning ducting. This is where you want to be.
Look for the 3" compressed ducting. It should be compressed to somewhere between 18" and 3' long. If you uncompress it (stretch it out) it will stretch to about 8 feet. Leave it compressed though...
You will also need a hose clamp to hold it to the smokestack.
Then you just put it on the smokestack and screw it on with the hoseclamp. Run it along the top of your lid, and bring it down to grate level in the front corner. This will give you the most room.
When i first did my smokestack mod, I used the dryer vent from the dryer section (where they have all the different sizes and types of dryer vents0. I used the 3 inch rotating, adjustable angle elbows. I was not able to run it along the top of the lid. this meant it took up the whole left side of my grill.
I was making some ribs using the 3-2-1 method, and rather than foil them individually, I put them in foil pans and just foiled the top of the pans. I had a really hard time fitting 2 pans on the grill with that smokestack mod taking up the left side.
After that, someone on the forums told me I had used the wrong stuff, and told me to find the heating and air conditioning ducting section and get that compressed 3" duct. It worked like a charm.