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Char-Broil 430 Offset BBQ Smoker Grill $79.99 + Free Shipping

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Average price ranges from $100-150. Stumbled on this grill while researching one half this size. Nice smoke stack up top, side "offset" smoke box on the left. Specs say 288 sq-in cooking surface and 138 sq-in warming rack. Not a "normal" grill where you cook with charcoal directly underneath; the smoke box is where you put your coals to create the heat (and wood to smoke) to cook indirectly TAKES LONGER BUT MORE FLAVOR. Watch a YouTube video on "Offset Grills" before buying to see if it's right for you. Very excited!

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I got one of these (all rusted out) for free as my first smoker, after some cleaning and new paint it worked pretty decent as an entry to see if youll enjoy using a smoker.

There are a few main issues I had with it:
Temp gauge is vague at best, no actual reading on it.
Overall very small.
Fire box is directly exposed to the cooking area, left half will cook substantially faster than the other.

I moved on from it quick, but its a good place to learn.
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I got one of these (all rusted out) for free as my first smoker, after some cleaning and new paint it worked pretty decent as an entry to see if youll enjoy using a smoker.

There are a few main issues I had with it:
Temp gauge is vague at best, no actual reading on it.
Overall very small.
Fire box is directly exposed to the cooking area, left half will cook substantially faster than the other.

I moved on from it quick, but its a good place to learn.
Did you only use the side box? or did you use charcoal in the main box as well?

I've read that the paint they use isn't very high temperature and will burn and peel off.

Also. is the side box detachable?
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Had one with a cover on the deck and it rusted after a year. Bought another and wheeled it in and out of the garage as needed, and it has stayed rust free going on two years. It's inconvenient, but storing in a low humidity environment should double, perhaps triple, the life of the grill.
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Had one with a cover on the deck and it rusted after a year. Bought another and wheeled it in and out of the garage as needed, and it has stayed rust free going on two years. It's inconvenient, but storing in a low humidity environment should double, perhaps triple, the life of the grill.
Did you experience this as mentioned above?

"Fire box is directly exposed to the cooking area, left half will cook substantially faster than the other."
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Did you only use the side box? or did you use charcoal in the main box as well?

I've read that the paint they use isn't very high temperature and will burn and peel off.

Also. is the side box detachable?
Only the side, it's an offset smoker not a charcoal grill.
The paint does peel off if you aren't careful building your fire, but if you keep an eye on it it's fine.
Its detachable by bolts, but not very easy.
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I have a bigger Char-Broil off-set that's several years old, and I don't know why I keep it around. The thing has always been a pain, like most cheap off-sets.

It took about two burns for the firebox to start rusting. The temp gauge is a joke and in the wrong place, so I added two decent thermometers, one at either end close to grill height. Maintaining a steady temp is essential but very difficult with a poorly built off-set made from thin metal. I added a simple baffle to direct heat and smoke into the cooking chamber instead of it all going up where it exits the leaky firebox, and there is no damper between the chambers. Also extended the stack a bit. If I bought the one listed here I'd also add a front shelf - mine has one, and it's criminal that they don't include one.

I've cooked on mine quite a bit but I haven't touched it in a year because I bought a Pit Boss pellet grill, which smokes way better than my CB ever did (not to mention you can direct-grill, roast and more with it), and doesn't require constant babysitting. If you can spend the dough, I'd say get a pellet grill, whichever brand you want. If your price range is about $150, get a Weber kettle. If you need a grill but can only spend under $100, buy used, or look for a standard charcoal grill with recent reviews. A cheap off-set would be the last thing I'd recommend. Even if you have a grill and want a cheap smoker, go with some sort of upright, maybe electric, unless you like the frustration of having to tend to the fire every 20 minutes for hours and hours.
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I got this item several (many) years back on clearance end of season at wal-mart for around $25.00.

Left side cooks MUCH faster due to heat exposure can confirm. Many smoke leaks. I screwed up building my fire and sure enough the paint is gone in a flash. However, all that said.... I've produced some of the best results I've ever gotten from this little guy. Its my go-to for low poundage smokes. the small firebox is cumbersome to try to use.

holds about one brisket of medium size. use it for personal pleasure or a small family. this is not for parties or tailgating unless the smoked meat is just a side. I rotated meat better than I do my tires to avoid one crispy end. keep long smokes as far right as possible.
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Mid-level smoker here. Used this for a few years. My two cents: didn't really have an issue with the paint as other's have described (make sure to be careful when assembling it as the paint is soft and will rub. It will need to be cured before the first cook). Assembly was not fun. Agreed with hot spot issue...and it was a pain to reload charcoal (too small). I ended up just using it as a (direct heat) grill and switched to a bullet smoker ("R2D2") design with water. Sometimes they come up used/cheap
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074Y83...1EbB4BA4MS.

Of course the electric/pellets are the easiest and most consistent...but I kinda enjoy playing with fire and using the chimney starters.
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Mid-level smoker here. Used this for a few years. My two cents: didn't really have an issue with the paint as other's have described (make sure to be careful when assembling it as the paint is soft and will rub. It will need to be cured before the first cook). Assembly was not fun. Agreed with hot spot issue...and it was a pain to reload charcoal (too small). I ended up just using it as a (direct heat) grill and switched to a bullet smoker ("R2D2") design with water. Sometimes they come up used/cheap
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074Y83...1EbB4BA4MS.

Of course the electric/pellets are the easiest and most consistent...but I kinda enjoy playing with fire and using the chimney starters.

Better price $130 at Dicks Sporting Goods https://www.dickssportinggoods.co...ltsmkrxcfp
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