Expanded metal basket

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by billbo, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I went to Lowe's and when I asked where the expanded metal was you would have thought I was speaking another language. Not only did they not know what it was, they also didn't have any.

    Off to Home Depot. They have two styles, 1/2" and 3/4". I picked up the 1/2". Will this be OK or do I need the 3/4"?

    What I bought is pictured below. The 3/4" came in 24X24" sheets so I would need to cut it. I was hoping to avoid that but if need be I will. Thanks agian guys for your help. I'm gonna start on the other parts for now.
     
  2. stimpson111

    stimpson111 Newbie

  3. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    This seems to be a pretty common experience. [​IMG] One member even posted that the clerk was standing under a sign that said "Expanded Metal" while the exchange was taking place.

    You'll probably want the 3/4". You'll definitely want 3/4" if you are going to use expanded metal for the bottom. If you use a small Weber replacement grate for the bottom, you may want to try and find a welding or fab shop in your area and have them cut an 8" x 44" piece of 3/4" #9 expanded metal. It works perfectly for the round sides.

    Dave
     
  4. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I am using the 13.5" Weber grate. Do you think the 1/2" will work with that?
     
  5. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hmm . . . I THINK it would work since it is just for the sides, but never actually having had one with 1/2" on the sides I could not say for sure.

    Dave
     
  6. trapper

    trapper Smoke Blower

    Not in a uds but I made a basket out of 1/2" for my Weber kettle. I used it for the sides and the bottom and it works perfect. No problem getting enough air and small pieces of lump don't fall through it.
     
  7. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Seems to be working fine in the UDS too. See my thread on UDS build. I was hesitant but so far so good!
     
  8. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Just to update everyone who may find themselves in this situation, the 1/2" expanded metal works fine. I would make sure you use the Weber grate for you base though and not the expanded metal all around as that may not allow the ash to fall through.
     

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