expanded metal question

Discussion in 'Other Builds' started by realtorterry, Apr 18, 2013.

  1. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    So I have a few smokers & thought I would give some love to my first ( oldie but goodie ) & give it a little tune-up for a weekend smoke. It's a char broiler gourmet deluxe. It's pretty small & the SFB is even smaller. So I'm thinking of making a charcoal basket to get a few more hours ( hopefully ) out of a smoke.

    I'm making it out of expanded metal. My question is, is there any kind of oils or residue I need to worry about or burn off? I'm not very savvy on this stuff & it seems good to me? Also what if it starts to rust after awhile? Will that also have to be removed again? I see others with an oldie that has rust all over the SFB with no problems?
     
  2. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    There may be a residue of mill-oils on the expanded metal, which a good seasoning will remove.

    Any rust which may appear on the inside of the fire box or internals should flake off the metal when heated up prior to smoking...maybe give it a light brushing before you fire it up if it's really bad (loose rust scale), but that shouldn't happen unless it sits outside in the weather and rarely gets used at all.

    Eric
     
  3. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That's what I had thought.

    Thanks Eric
     

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