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FAQ Subject: Advise on how to use Char-Broil 450
My dad bought a the CB-450 grill back in 1966. It is made of cast iron and aluminum. The cooking area is 32" X 16" and has a cover. It comes with a smoking unit that is 7"W X 16"L X 8"H with an internal cast iron grate and a spring loaded damper on the side. I've tried contacting Char-Broil for directions on using the unit but no one there has any knowledge of it. This may be a simple question, but I've never used a smoker before, and want to use this one. I'm trying to save myself some experimenting buy asking you for some advise on how to use this unit. Can you help me?
All the dolts over there know about is gas grills.
I am fortunate to own one which I rescued, new, at a garage sale many years ago. I formerly had one which came with my 'Cue Cart, which was the best back yard grill ever built.
This unit is called an "Automatic Temperature Control Smoker" and is used to produce a low temperature smoke/heat for long periods. The coil is not actually a spring but expands with heat which closes the damper to control the temperature. You will notice that on the side of the damper opposite the coil is a knob which can be loosed and the lever moved to establish a temperature control level.
You place the smoker in the grill on the opposite end from the meat. Adjust the temperature setting, fire it up and when the charcoal is properly burned to grey, close the lid on the grill and open the air vent on the end with the meat. This will cook at low temperatures for a long time. According to their accompanying literature, the temperature range is from 150 to 275 degrees.
If you don't want to or don't plan to use this gadget, I will be happy to buy it from you, so I can have a matched pair.