Cheap and Easy Chargriller Basket

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by geek with fire, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. geek with fire

    geek with fire Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have used this basked all through winter but am just now getting the chance to upload some shots of it.

    I can't remember the exact details, but it was less than $15.00; got everything from my local Ace Hardware: 1 sheet Stainless expanded metal (25x25, I think). (4) sets of 3/8" hex head bolts, flat washers and nuts.

    While the basket is cheap and easy, I will add that cutting stainless is not easy. I had a nice set of bolt cutters, but a hack saw would work, and end cutters will not. It's also a good idea to wear at least gloves, but long sleeves aren't a bad idea. Working with this stuff is like juggling razor blades. But, the stainless is needed to handle the heat.
    I won't go too deep into assembly details because you folks are smart and it really isn't that complicated. I just cut the sheet in half, and then cut one of the halves into 2 additional halves. Nearly the entire sheet is used to maximize volume. I then stitch it up with cheap electric fence wire (also known around my house as "chevrolet wire"), bending as you go along. I stitched the 4 corners first to get the bend and the dimensions set, then add the remaining stitches. Finally, mount the bolts out the bottom.

    As you can see from the photos, it allows for about 2 inches on all sides for good ventilation. It fits like a glove through the opening and holds nearly an entire bag of Royal Oak Lump.

    Basket view

    Looking into the firebox (don't give me any crap about the rust[​IMG] )

    Front View. About as tall as you can get and still fit through the firebox opening.
  2. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice job on that basket.[​IMG]
  3. azrocker

    azrocker Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Looks good. The bolts are legs?
  4. geek with fire

    geek with fire Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    yea, just long enough to lift the basket up and get good air flow underneath.
  5. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice mod, simple to do and cheap. Points for a great idea and good instructions.
  6. noobsmoke

    noobsmoke Fire Starter

    Nice job on the basket. I've been meaning to make one for the longest while but haven't gotten around to it.

    How would you go about using the minion method in a basket like that? Would you put a bunch of unlit coals on the bottom and put a chimney (or two) of lit on top?

    Or would you try to get lit on one side, unlit on the other?

    Thanks guys!
  7. whatthe

    whatthe Newbie

    Real nice job on the basket Josh
  8. bigbaldbbq

    bigbaldbbq Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    That looks great. Good job[​IMG]
  9. graybeard

    graybeard Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Will you get a longer burn with the basket?

  10. geek with fire

    geek with fire Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Longer yes, but you will also get a more efficient burn. Without a basket with decent ventilation room, the ash will choke the embers and they won't fully burn. I did several smokes this weekend and ran my chargriller for 12 hours (at 225) with a single bag of Royal Oak. I only filled the basket half full to avoid the potential for a runaway fire, and added lump every 2-3 hours.
  11. rons

    rons Smoking Fanatic

    That is very cool!

    So stainless steel is ok but galvinized is not right? Any other good or bad metals? (some put off poisonous gasses?)

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