whats a charcoal basket for?

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by tunaboat, Jul 26, 2008.

  1. Just like the title says, I see alot of people moding there smoker on here, and most explain what a mod is used for. But I have yet to see an explination for the charcoal basket.

  2. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The basket allows the ash to fall away from the coals and keep from smothering the heat.
  3. tn_bbq

    tn_bbq Smoking Fanatic

    Here is my charcoal "basket" and ash pan.

    A large charcoal basket will hold more fuel. More fuel = longer cook times.
  4. The basket is great if you are using the minion method ( do a search on minion method if not familiar )Fill basket and leave depresion in center and add hot coals to center, give em a bit to get going and up to temp and you should get a long controlable burn as the raw coals slowly catch. ( mix in a couple wood chunks and they will slowly smoke. Here is another version on a drum smoker but same concept.
  5. Anyone know where I can get some expanded metal?
  6. ron50

    ron50 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I picked mine up at Home Depot. It wasn't cheap, but it works well.
  7. eaglewing

    eaglewing Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    YES, Home Depot has it...biggest only 2'x2' I believe.
    That should do the trick in most cases tho.

    I'm about to buy a small welder just to MOD my smoker...[​IMG]
    I'm into this too deep now!!!!

    Then scoop them out with a fireplace shovel...allowing more air and hotter fire in long smokes.
  8. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Well, yeah. But the point being, the basket removes the need to do this. Well, as often anyway. If yer lookin' - it's NOT cookin!
  9. Is this something you can go buy?..or are most made?
    If bought...where?..if made...does anyone have any suggestions on what with?

    I have a Chargriller with side box
  10. johnnyreb

    johnnyreb Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    you have to have it made

    this is the one i have for my chargriller
  11. danbury

    danbury Smoking Fanatic

    Clickable Thumbnails on the basket I made for my UDS

  12. jdfire40

    jdfire40 Fire Starter

    If you know, what are the dimensions of yours? You can still slide the side open & it not hit the basket right?

    Thanks in advance!
  13. johnnyreb

    johnnyreb Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    the dimensions are 13x12x4

    yes you can still slide the ash pan out with the basket in

    it rests on the top pan rail and is held also by the 2 grate rack bolts

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