Cooking Grate Height (From Ground)

Discussion in 'Smoker Builds' started by okiedave, Aug 8, 2015.

  1. okiedave

    okiedave Smoke Blower

    I'm starting to think about the undercarriage for my smoker project (see, and I'm trying to figure out how tall it needs to be.  It'll have a single cooking surface, so I'm not worried about shelves.  I've been measuring commercial units and finding them anywhere from 32"-37".  Where do y'all set yours?

    For reference, my grates will be about 24" deep, and I'll have a 6" shelf in front of the smoker, so I'll need to reach as far as 30" back.  I'm 5' 10".
  2. jcbigler

    jcbigler Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I think standard counter level is about 36" which is a good starting point. I'm looking at about 40" above ground for mine. But I will have two cooking racks with the upper rack about 6.5" above the lower rack, 46.5" above ground for the upper rack which I don't think will be too bad. 

    But I will also have sliding shelves. My main concern is getting enough ground clearance below the firebox so it doesn't bottom out since I will have mine trailer mounted. I may make my FB a few inches longer so it can be a few inches shorter and give me more ground clearance. 

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