Expanded metal cook grate

Discussion in 'Smoker Builds' started by smokinmad, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. To all you metal fabricators....what size expanded metal would you get to make smoker shelves to cook butts or briskets on.....looking at 24" x 24"..thinking about bending front and back down for middle support......I see .035 and then I see #16 or 9.....I know this is thickness...but what would use for cooking grates......THANKS GUYS or GALS.....

  2. greg b

    greg b Smoke Blower

    3/4 #9 should work perfect for you. will be sturdy and less prone to heat distortion.
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2013
  3. frosty

    frosty Master of the Pit

    Checked my grates, they are about a 9 gauge.
  4. Greg B and Frosty......

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  5. dan - firecraft

    dan - firecraft Smoke Blower

    My smoker came with 24x24 inch grates. 3/4 #9
  6. Mdolez03.....Thanks for the post and Welcome to SMF. I see this is your 1st post, I'm honored. We at SMF would like to see you stop by Roll Call and Introduce yourself, so the rest of the Gang can say Howdy. You will find this site Addicting if your Into Smoking Meats....

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         Wish I lived around Atlanta, I would be picking up a couple sheets. ANY ONE ELSE need some cook grate steel?

  7. davidski

    davidski Smoke Blower

    just to clarify, you cant just throw a piece of 3/4 9# on the smoker, you still need to weld a frame right?
  8. hank2000

    hank2000 Smoking Fanatic

    Yes you do
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