MES grates are way too heavy.......

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  1. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    ....for my type of smoking, so what do I do? Them stock racks are like tonnage in weight as compared to the meat I normally smoke which is fish, especially Salmon nuggets and jerky. The stock racks are also of the standard grate design which will not allow me to use since the nuggets and jerky would fall between the grate wires. I need the small square design so small foods pieces won't fall through.

    The closest rack I could find on line, was 1-3/4" too short in width and about 5/8" too deep. Thus I had to up the back side of each rack in order to shorten them a tad, similar to the stock MES grate design but a little more pronounced.

    The width was way too short so I had to add support rails to fill the void.

    Now these grate are ready to produce some Salmon nuggets in the next week or two.

    Here's a before (bottom) and after (top) shot

    One down, four to go. The four have already been tweaked, waiting for rail supports.

    Zap, Zap, Zap!



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    Last edited: Feb 3, 2016
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  2. dr k

    dr k Master of the Pit

    Those look great!  Do you have a press break for the bends?

  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    That's some nice fabrication work!

    I bet you could sell those!

  4. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks Kurt and Al.  Kurt, all I did was to first break the weld loose on the two back corner vertical supports,giving me room,  then turn the grate upside down with the  to be bent area hanging over the front edge of my shop's table.  Clamp it down and with a big hammer and brass drift,  whamo!    I'll take a pic later today.
  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great Idea, Craig!!!-----And Nice Job!![​IMG]

    I hope this means some more big batches of Salmon Nuggets coming soon!!![​IMG]

  6. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Tsk! Tsk! Tsk!   Haven't you ever heard of SBSN?  (Super Bowl Salmon Nuggets). [​IMG]
  7. mfreel

    mfreel Smoking Fanatic

  8. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  9. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    A) That means I'd have to clean both the stock anchor weight racks plus the Q-Matz  when I get done.

    B) The stock racks are way too heavy for when I carry 5 racks worth of Salmon pieces out to the smoker, I'm squishing the bottom racks contents. The weight of these new racks add very little to the total weight.

    C) I don't like the artwork imprint the Q-Matz leave on fish as compared to the small squares (talkin about getting a little anal) [​IMG]

    D) This project was way too much fun.
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2016
  10. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    All sound like good reasons to me, especially A & B!![​IMG]

    SBSN sound good too!![​IMG]

  11. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    .....oh and E)  My welder, Mr. Miggy was lonely.
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2016
  12. smokesontuesday

    smokesontuesday Smoking Fanatic

    Gonna need 4 of these. Just let me know when they are done and  you need my address.
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2016

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