where to find cooking and charcoal grates?

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by howufiga, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. howufiga

    howufiga Meat Mopper

    Ok, I found a decent horizontal smoker in my area that i'm thinking of picking up. However, I need some cooking and charcoal grates. I went to the manufacturer's website and it would cost me like $100 for all new grates. That's not gonna happen. I've seen everyone using that diamond mess metal for grates in everythiong from UDS to propane smokers. Where can I find this stuff? I've looked in Home Depot and Menards and couldn't find it. How much does it usually cost?
  2. danbury

    danbury Smoking Fanatic

    Menard's by me (Grayslake, Il.) has an assortment of grates. Not sure what the sizes are.

    I got my expanded metal from a steel co., But I know the Lowes by me had it. Can't remember what I paid for it or how much it was at Lowes. Just make sure that you do not get galvanized or zinc coated expanded metal.
  3. erain

    erain Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    we call it expanded metal, can get at any steel distributor, comes in 4 x 8 pieces but most will shear exact size you want. is avail in a variety of sizes. hope this helps
  4. howufiga

    howufiga Meat Mopper

    I hear ya bout the toxic coatings.

    I've been going during my lunch hour and trying to find it by myself. I guess next time I go in i'll ask someone for it. I'm in the naperville, il area. I'll only buy the horizontal smoker if I can get the grates at a decent price.
  5. bigbear

    bigbear Smoke Blower

    Replacement grates are expensive!! I wanted to replace my GOSM grates because they were old and stained. Then I saw what they cost. No thanks, I'll just clean mine better!

    Here's one link I bookmarked: http://www.grillstuff.com/grill-part...ooking%20Grids

    Good luck and Happy Smokin'
  6. howufiga

    howufiga Meat Mopper

    Do you know about how much it costs?
  7. danbury

    danbury Smoking Fanatic

    Do you have a steel supply company close to where you live? If not, give me the diminsions of what the size you would need and I'll call the one in Waukegan. I know if they cut it, they charge extra.
    Steel is expensive right now..
  8. howufiga

    howufiga Meat Mopper

    Yes, there is one in Melrose Park, Ill. Forget the name of it. I'm trying to google it now.

    I don't know the sizes yet. My neighbor has the identical smoker so I can get the dimensions from him later.
  9. danbury

    danbury Smoking Fanatic

    Give them a call. I'm not familiar with that smoker and someone else may be able to confirm, but you may want to get the grates in two pieces if you are using expanded metal. I know years ago when I had one it was sort of difficult to get a one piece expanded metal grate in the one I had.

    Will be back later... I'm firing up my UDS for some bbq chicken this afternoon. I'm in between rain storms right now... I think.
    Good luck.
  10. howufiga

    howufiga Meat Mopper

    Thanks! It's actually a charbroil Silver Smoker. So it does have 4 grates in the main chamber and I think just one in the side firebox.

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