New charcoal smoker

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by doughboysfast, May 2, 2014.

  1. doughboysfast

    doughboysfast Newbie

    Good evening all, I am new to the site and I have question so I hope I don't drive everyone nuts but I will pay it forward once I learn!!  with this said my most pressing question is regarding grates..  I have had smokers in the past but they all had steel grates to cook on and now the only grate material I can find locally in made of aluminum..   will cooking on aluminum be okay? it seems like it should since most pans are made of aluminum and we wrap food in aluminum foil while cooking.. so although it seems self explanatory I figured it never hurts to ask the pro's!!!

    thanks in advance

  2. Hello David.  I am FAR from a "pro" but you will be fine with the aluminium.  I am a little surprised that the companies are using aluminium but I guess it may be cheaper than chrome plated steel.  Keep Smokin!

  3. doughboysfast

    doughboysfast Newbie


     I am so excited about getting some meat on this thing and we have a ton of rain coming tomorrow so after it is finished seasoning tonight I will get it cleaned up and the grates fitted tomorrow and then sunday I will be smoking ribs and chicken!!!!!!   dang I am excited,,,

    thanks again

  4. reasoning

    reasoning Smoke Blower

    Aluminum also conducts heat better/faster than steel. Thats why some of the best stainless steel pots and pans are "clad" check out a brand called allclad which is top of the line. They have aluminum core covered with stainless. Obviously copper is an even better heat conductor but its very expensive!
  5. doughboysfast

    doughboysfast Newbie

    you were 100% right that aluminum cooked like a champ and left really nice gate marks on my meat!!!! thanks again to all that answered!!!!
  6. reasoning

    reasoning Smoke Blower

    Glad it went well, just remember this post is worthless without pics of the final product :) Keep at it
  7. doughboysfast

    doughboysfast Newbie

    well I just tried to post pics and it said its being held for review by a moderator!!!!

    they should be up soon it said!!!
  8. dutch

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

    Doughboy, I tried looking at your pictures but Photobucket said those pictures don't exist. Don't know what happened. Do a search in the Search bar on how to to post Qview. It looks like your image link is missing something.

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