building a smoker, with a stainless steel top. Thickness?

Discussion in 'Smoker Builds' started by barbacue jim, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. barbacue jim

    barbacue jim Newbie

      I am currently in the process of designig a trailer pit. So I can sell barbacue. I would like to make the top out of stainless steel. Does anybody know what grade as well as thickness i should be considering?  
  2. sunman76

    sunman76 Master of the Pit

    not sure what part your talking about.  Do you have a sketch of what your going to build
  3. chinasmoke

    chinasmoke Smoke Blower

    Are you talking about the the racks? if so check out Meadows creek pits, they use light expanded Stainless steel for racks
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2012
  4. chinasmoke

    chinasmoke Smoke Blower

    if you are talking about the racks, I used 9 gauge.   Are you sure you need SS to be able to use it commercially because SS is not cheap? 
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2012
  5. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    First, the top of what ??  Are you speaking of the top of the fire box to use as a griddle ??  If so, that will not work... stainless expands too much and will buckle and warp...

    been there, done that....Dave
  6. sunman76

    sunman76 Master of the Pit

    yep that is what I was going to say if that was the plan.  I got a pc along time ago and we put it on my dads fire box and it bowed up in the center like crazy...[​IMG]   it worked like a redneck George Foreman grill lol.... all the fat and grease ran to the edges [​IMG]

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