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Nice looking fire box. I've always seen the plate spacers as solid steel so the coals will burn like a snake. Try out your set up and please post how it works. This is not my box showing it's just what I've seen people use.
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Not to , but ditto what Dish is saying. I think your coals will all light up as if the internal mesh wasn't even there. You'll need some sort of spacers to make the coals light in a snake-like pattern.
On a second note: HOLY COW! I like how heavy duty that basket is. I may steal your design just for having a heavier duty box.
Like I said before, they were an after thought. Since I'm using the material that I have on hand, I think I'll weld some flat stock between two pieces in order to get the separation so all the coals don't light up at once.
My dimensions are 10X10X8, specific to my firebox. It could be bigger but this size will allow me to move the fire closer to or farther from the cook chamber if I start having temp issues. I helped a buddy make one the same size and it had his New Braunfels vertical smoker running at 275.
Edited by SmokinGunny - 2/26/14 at 4:54pm
Looks like it should maybe work. If you find that you are getting too much radiant heat and it is spreading straight across rather than through the "S pattern", you can always replace the expanded metal dividers with solid sheet metal and still do the double dividers. That would probably keep radiant heat from spreading more than expanded metal would, and buying small pieces of sheet metal for that size shouldn't be too expensive at all.
Let us know how it works out. And either way, it looks like a solid charcoal basket that is sturdy and should last a long time!