Baffle/Basket Help

Discussion in 'Side Fire Box' started by anthony medves, Aug 29, 2014.

  1. Need some advice on building a custom coal basket and a baffle for my smoker. New to all of this. Just a little advice on materials and where to buy would be greatly appreciated.
  2. grillmonkey

    grillmonkey Smoking Fanatic

    A lot depends on your tools and capabilities. If you have a welder and an angle grinder or circular saw, a drill, metal cutting shears, etc. I built a charcoal basket for my smoker. I went to Ace Hardware and bought 3/8" expanded metal by the sq.ft. (4 sq.ft. total) 1' X 4'. Using my circular saw and a metal cutting blade, I cut it to a height of 8", bent it square and welded the ends.

    Instead of a baffle, I used a deflector and tuning plates.

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  5. smokeburns

    smokeburns Smoke Blower

    Grill monkey, Where did you get your fire gasket at. ? The stuff I ordered on line was more like fire felt. Like what you would see on the BGE. It was self adhesive on the back but mines already trying to come off.
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2014
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    grillmonkey Smoking Fanatic

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  9. 1ray

    1ray Fire Starter

    Is the tray under your basket welded on to the basket? If not did you make it or where did you buy it?
  10. grillmonkey

    grillmonkey Smoking Fanatic

    No, the basket has no bottom and just sits on top of the tray. The tray came with the smoker. I actually rarely use the basket because I almost always use split wood for fuel.

    Here I just added a couple of splits. This is a rib smoke and the temp is around 225 degrees.

    I use about a third of a can of charcoal to get the wood going, then add just enough splits to stay around my target temp.

    There is a lot less ash when using just wood, so the fire breathes better.

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