Material for grate?

Discussion in 'Side Fire Box' started by smokinsaluki, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. smokinsaluki

    smokinsaluki Newbie

    I have an old homemade drum smoker that my neighbor built. It has not been used much (enough[​IMG]) and the grate is extremely rusted.

    Is the rust anything to worry about?
    Is there a reasonable way to clean it up?
    Should I replace it?

    I haven't done any measurements yet, but I think it is a 55 gallon drum that the grate needs to fit. Where can I find the material to make a new grate if necessary?

  2. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sometimes I use expanded metal.... it can be found at Ace Hardware. Another option is just buying a new grate. They can be purchased at walmart or Ace...
    Measure your drum first to make sure it will fit.
    Rust can be a pain to clean. lol I know that a wire brush and a lot of elbow grease will get it. Also a sand blaster...
    New grates are pretty cheap.
  3. txbbqman

    txbbqman Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Yep...what Jeanie said [​IMG]
  4. smokinsaluki

    smokinsaluki Newbie

    I will probably have to go the expanded metal route. I don't think any factory grates will fit the design.

    I'll check the local Ace.

  5. hdsmoke

    hdsmoke Smoking Fanatic

  6. smokinsaluki

    smokinsaluki Newbie

    It's a drum on it's side. The barrel is cut in half and the entire top half lifts for access (not a lid cut in the center)
  7. hdsmoke

    hdsmoke Smoking Fanatic

    I see. Then yeah, i would say expanded steel is your best bet. You can buy it in sheets ar a Lowes, Home Depot...etc, or probably even your local hardware. Get a heavier guage to last you. You can cut it with tin snips if you need to cut to fit.

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