Safe Mod Materials

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by ddave, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Okay guys,

    I am getting ready to embark on the modifications to my Smoke N Pit. I understand that galvanized metal is a definite no-no. Are there other metals/materials that I need to stay away from as far as building charcoal grates/baskets, baffles, tuning plates/rails, and smokestack extensions?

    Or perhaps a better question may be what ARE safe materials to use for building charcoal grates/baskets, baffles, tuning plates/rails, and smokestack extensions? I am not a welder and don't know all of the technical terms regarding steel/metal. If I walked into a welding shop with a picture and some dimensions, what should I tell them to use (so that it won't make the food taste crappy or poison me.)

    Thanks.

    Dave
     
  2. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Galvanized is NOT a no-no in certain apps. The temps in a smoker do not get high enough to affect the galvinization. DON'T use it where food will touch it, and DON'T use it for a firepan. Other than that... fine.

    Steel... stainless preferrably for racks. WAY expensive tho. Expanded metal- carbon type is OK..you just need to keep it oiled to prevent rust.

    For jerky and low temp stuff, hardwood racks can be built if ya feel ambitious.
     

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