Aluminum fryer basket as a charcoal basket

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by mattslot, Sep 23, 2016.

  1. mattslot

    mattslot Newbie

    I picked up a 55 gallon drum to build my first UDS, and was shopping around for components when I found this on Amazon:

    It's an aluminum basket for a fryer: 10" diameter, 12" deep, with a sturdy handle built into it. It has plenty of holes in the sides and the bottom, but it's not mesh like most of the examples. More importantly, at $33, it's comparable to building my own from parts.

    I'd still need to build legs and/or an ash catcher, but this looks like it might last longer than almost any other part of the smoker.

  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The aluminum may melt in a hot charcoal fire..  then you'd be out the $33 and have to buy steel mesh to build a new basket...  and your food would be covered with aluminum oxide dust...
  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    A 2' X 4' sheet of Expanded Metal, depending on gauge, is $10 to $20 and can be bent to any size you want. I agree with Dave, Aluminum melts just over 1200°F and red hot burning charcoal will get there...JJ
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I tried one that I had laying around. It did okay, but when I used my weed burner to light it melted near the top.

    Expanded metal some bolts for legs and a pizza pan as an ash catcher works great. Buy a 12" Weber grate for the bottom. If you don't weld you can wire it all together.
  5. mattslot

    mattslot Newbie

    Thanks everyone. I picked up the materials to make my own basket... getting excited to try it out.

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