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Charcoal Basket for Side Fire Box

post #1 of 6
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Hey All - 

 

I'm a newbie here and checked in over at roll call just a little bit ago. I've been reading the forums for several weeks now and have searched endlessly for and answer but just haven't found it yet so I am turning to the good people here and asking my own question. While I haven't found exactly what I'm looking for I have learned a ton of other things along the way so there's no harm there for sure.

 

I have a horizontal smoker with a side firebox. The firebox measures roughly 18" x 18". One of the next mods I was going to make was building a charcoal basket (if that is considered a mod or not). I have the materials to create a basket that is 12x12x6 and am planning to add some "feet" to it in order to get it up off the sides and provide plenty of airflow around the basket. My question is, is that size basket sufficient or should it be larger to fill up more of the space in the firebox? Do I build a bigger one just because I can and is it necessary? Looking for any thoughts and ideas from those that know or might have had the same question.

 

Thanks. 

post #2 of 6

HI THERE KINGTUTKC      a 12X12X6IN SHOULD GIVE A TEN HOUR BURN IF YOUR UNIT IS SEALED GOOD.  I WOULDN'T BUILD MY BASKET ANY BIGGER ,TO HARD TO GET OUT . SEAL IT UP TIGHT AND USE THE MENION METHOD TO FIRE YOUR CHARCOAL . NOW GO SMOKE BUTT....GRAYGHOST60

post #3 of 6

What kind of smoker are we dealing with?

 

Good luck and good smoking.

post #4 of 6

Hi and welcome King Tut. Glad to have another Kansas City member.

 

The bigger you can make your basket the better. Make it as big as you can and still be able to remove it.

 

You will want it so it is easy to load and refuel. Also for ash removal, how to get it in or out.

 

If you have a door on the end, build it as big as will fit though the opening. The longer the basket, the better the minion method will work. Hot coals at one end and unlit at the other, slowly burning across to keep you going for for a few hours.

 

Good Luck!

post #5 of 6

A good way to test stuff out is cut up a cardboard box and tape together a mock-up of the box you want to build. Then see how easy it is to get that mock-up into and out of your firebox - and check the fit as well.

post #6 of 6
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Thanks to all those that responded. The information on this site is invaluable. My new basket is almost complete and is coming along quite well at this point. I did have one other question that I was hoping someone out there might be able to answer. I've read in a thread somewhere here that I should due a burn of the new basket in order to burn off any oils from the materials that might still be lingering around. So my question is....do I or should I do said burn outside of my smoker and firebox or does it matter. I won't have food on at the time but didn't know if any remaining chemicals or oils are going to affect the firebox or cook chamber if done inside. Was hoping to do the burn later this evening to make sure everything is ready to go for a smoke this weekend.

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