Expanded metal from Home depot is this safe to use?

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by deathshead, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. deathshead

    deathshead Newbie

    i just bought this from Home depot  and I was wondering if it was safe to use ? I want to make the charcoal basket out of it.I dont see the word " galvanized " on the sticker, it was made in China, so Im nervous about the fumes.[​IMG]
  2. deathshead

    deathshead Newbie

    My first UDS.....Wife is not impressed...[​IMG]
  3. nwdave

    nwdave Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Welcome aboard.  Hard to tell if the grate is galvie or not.  Doesn't look it, but that's just my opinion and you know how much that's worth.  Your wife should be proud of your accomplishment.  You saved her megabucks on the construction.  Just tell her that buying the commercial equivalent, the 22.5 WSM (Weber) would be in the neighborhood of $400.

    I see you've got a double post with your Expanded metal query and since I'm the moderator for this forum, I'll go ahead and remove the other one for you.    No problem, happens far too often to me.
  4. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    This is the metal most use

    [​IMG]Seems like it is a lot heavier than what you have???

    I think it should say if it's galvanized .But w/ it coming from china ,who knows?
  5. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You could always burn it really hot to be sure.
  6. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  7. badbob

    badbob Smoke Blower

    The stuff you have is "lath" it's meant to have stucco applied over it so it probably is galvanized. It's also pretty thin so when you burn off the coating it won't hold up very long. I'd take it back and go with the stuff in eman's post. Good luck.
  8. deathshead

    deathshead Newbie

    Thanks guys!! Gonna go back to home Depot for the millionth time this week.
  9. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    looks galvanized to me. I would'nt use it for a charcoal basket. Return it and get some thats not galvenized. they do carry steel only. Get 3/4 # 9 expanded metal

  10. thsmormonsmokes

    thsmormonsmokes Smoking Fanatic

    Yeah, that's lath, and it's what every HD and Lowes employee I've talked to thought I was talking about when I asked for expanded metal.  I'm pretty confident it's galvanized too.  

    And even if you could burn it off safely, that stuff is Flimsyville and I doubt it would hold up long for a charcoal basket.  Just for curiosity, I shot my fire with my laser thermometer during my last smoke, and IIRC I got temp readings in the neighborhood of 700 degrees in the heart of the fire.  I don't think that stuff would stand up to that kind of heat for long, but I've been wrong before.
  11. Go on line to HD site and search "expanded metal" you can get the package which has a 24x12" piece, the sku# 45830. The site should tell you stock available at the store. Bring this infomation and they can use the sku to find the location in the store, good luck.:grilling_smilie:
  12. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The expanded metal in my local store is over by the hardware and usually with the thick angle iron  and aluminum stock.  The lath is in the building materials area closer to the lumber and other such stuff.
  13. daniel7

    daniel7 Newbie

    Yeah that's what I would get.

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