Extra expanded steel = second grill holder

Discussion in 'Mini-WSM' started by welshrarebit, Aug 2, 2014.

  1. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    Since I built my mini a couple of weeks ago I've been trying to think of a way to have a second level without drilling more holes and having more nuts and bolts inside.

    Last week I did a brisket 'steak' ( brisket cut half inch thick) smoke and needed the second grate to hold all of the meat I was cooking. So I placed the grill on top of a aluminum pie tin and that worked okay.

    Today I'm getting ready to do ribs, straight six hour smoke no foiling, and I see the leftover expanded steel from my build and think that if I make it curved, just like the charcoal basket, the would work great as support for the second level.

    I go ahead and cut it three inches wide and forty inches long (12 inch diameter = ~ 37.5 inches plus some overlap to tie wire together). In ten minutes I had a removable grill support using leftovers from my build! I still had room to put a pie tin to help catch drippings.

    The temp difference between the two levels was about 15 degrees. Three hours into the smoke I rotated the two grills so the top was on the bottom for the second half smoke and the ribs that started on the bottom finished on the top.

    The ribs turned out fabulous!!! I did take pics. I'll have to borrow one of the kid's phone to upload.
  2. bobank03

    bobank03 Smoking Fanatic

    interesting idea. Hard to picture without a you know... picture. Looking forward to seeing that, sounds like a great idea and easy to do.
  3. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

  4. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    Hopefully this is a better pic of the lower rack support....

    This is the top level with the ribs. I just rotated the two levels so this was the bottom level...

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  5. bobank03

    bobank03 Smoking Fanatic

    nice job on that great idea! 
  6. What tool did you use to cut the expanded metal?
  7. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Why didn't you want to drill more holes?
  8. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    Regular wire cutters..
  9. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    I have tons of SS one inch bolts with washers, lock washers and nuts. So I wanted to use what I had and didn't want all those bolts that I would've had to take out to put in a lower level or clean the steamer plate.

    I had enough expanded steel from my build leftover so I figured why not!
  10. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    You kinda lost me at 6 hour nekkid ribs. [​IMG]      

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