I call it the 20/20 Charcoal basket...

Discussion in 'Slicers, Grinders, Tools, Equipment' started by eaglewing, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. eaglewing

    eaglewing Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Incase you missed my reply to CWalk, I thought I'd make this it's own thread.

    I call it the 20/20 Charcoal basket... $20 and 20min of assembly is all it takes.

    First you go to HomeDepot and buy one of these:

    Then you get a tape measure and a black marker, lay the mesh down so the diamonds are running left to right:

    Then with a straight edge and the marker draw a line right down the center of the 'intersection' that is 6" in from each side:

    From the bottom up and the top down, using a good pair of 'snips', CUT threw 6 intersections following the line you made. Only go 6 cuts up and 6 cuts down. Those pieces of MESH are universally made the same so I've done this to 2 pieces already and it works great.

    Lay something Heavy or clamp something across the piece from left to right 6" up and now BEND all 3 pieces up. OVER BEND the center piece and bend it back to a 90*, leaving the 2 other flaps bent just short of a 90. Do this to the bottom and the top.

    Now take a pair of pliers and bend the ends of the flaps IN so that when you form the basket these 2 bends will go into the side piece.

    It is hard to explain but BEND up the end piece and INSERT the lower bent flap into the bottom diamond hole pushing it down all the way also insert the TOP bent flap into the hole at the top. This eliminates the need for any metal ties or attachments of any kind. The whole thing just stays together this way by itself.

    Do this to BOTH end pieces and you should have something that looks like this:

    Now you have a 12x12 charcoal basket that fits right into your Bandera or just about any side-box smoker...

    AND YES, it is heavy duty enough to last threw the heat. I've had one of mine for a whole season now

    Last edited: Sep 17, 2017
  2. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Very nice tutoral there Eagle. I really like it cause it is so easy so maybe I'll make one for my Bandera one day.[​IMG]
  3. timtimmay

    timtimmay Action Team

    [​IMG]for a good tutorial. Almost exactly the same as mine except I used steel wire to tie the ends together.

    It does hold up well. I put steel bars underneath it, one of them bent in the heat, but the expanded metal kept holding strong.
  4. hdsmoke

    hdsmoke Smoking Fanatic

    Nice job...but beware...the mesh is not universal. Probably the sheets at the big box stores are, but you can get different guages, and pattern dimensions. It is also cheaper if you order from a place like McMaster-Carr...but i have made one fro a sheet at Lowes and i wish i would have had this in front of me! As i cut and then pieced back together. this is much nicer.
  5. eaglewing

    eaglewing Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    What I meant was, the sheets from HomeDepot were all the same. They are CUT in the same areas which is crucial to the way I put mine together...

    NO you are probably correct that from different stores they are NOT the same... "from HomeDepot" is the key I would say.
  6. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

    and they are only ten bucks for a 12x24 sheet at my home depot so it would be a 10-20 lol
    Very nice tutorial!!!!
  7. im headed to home depot now. pork butts are in trouble this weekend.
  8. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice work and explanation of a DIY. Points to you my friend.
  9. eaglewing

    eaglewing Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    'at a boy!!!! [​IMG] go for it!! and don't you dare forget to take pics [​IMG]
  10. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    nice tutorial!!!!!!
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  11. jak757

    jak757 Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Great tutorial! The pictures really help, and you make it look quite straightforward and simple.

    I think I'l build one for my Char Griller!

    Thanks for the post!!
  12. Great tutorial Great detailed pictures! Point To You!
  13. acemakr

    acemakr Smoking Fanatic

    Great tutorial there, Eagle.

    btw, you ever find that Bleeker kid?
  14. williamzanzinger

    williamzanzinger Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Right on, no welding no obscure machines needed. Im on this one...off to the depot.
  15. smokaholic

    smokaholic Fire Starter

    NICE!!! Points for you!
  16. cromag

    cromag Smoking Fanatic

    well mine is gonna be a 18.74/20 [​IMG]
  17. cromag

    cromag Smoking Fanatic

    When you fill the basket with unlit coal do you fill it up 3/4 full unlit and 1/4 lit or fill the basket 100% unlit and top off with a chimney of lit? Do you add the lit closest to the cooking chamber when using a sfb?
  18. sawyerrt10

    sawyerrt10 Smoke Blower

    JAK757? have you made yours for the Chargriller yet? Got a C/G Duo with SFB that could use this. How did this work out? Pics?
  19. eaglewing

    eaglewing Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    YES, you can fill it almost all the way and add about 20 lit coals, add them to the chamber side and they will last longer than the intake side, but if you want a hotter fire sooner then add them to the intake side...
  20. keithace

    keithace Fire Starter

    exactly how i did mine...except i used a dremel to score the bends so i got a nice tight square...(although i did mine without the use of this DIY)

    good job on the write up...bravo...

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