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Metal plate to put in offset smoker for dutch ovens

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I decided to try to multipurpose my New Braunfels offset smoker. I figured if I took the cooking racks out of it I could put in a metal plate about 14x30 inches that would sit above the bottom grates and allow me to put 2 12 inch or 2 14 inch dutch ovens in it to cook. It would have 3 (almost 4) sided wind protection.

 

The question is, I was thinking of using either thicker aluminum or diamond plate.  I was told by the local hardware store that diamond plate and other steels can give of fumes that could be bad for me.  They said wrought iron or aluminum or ceramic.

 

Does anyone have any ideas about this?

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Wondering if ceramic floor tile would stand up to the heat of 15-20 charcoal briquettes?

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Hello Ben.  Most of us use mild steel to build smokers.  So long as it is new steel, or you know exactly what the used steel was used for I see no reason not to go with mild steel.  If new steel be sure to pre-heat the steel so as to get any oils out of the plate.  Also wire brush the plate well to get off any residual scale.  Then just heat and season as you would your smoker.  Most of this is just to be SUPER cautious.  Go for your diamond plate if that's what you are thinking of.  Just my opinion, maybe someone else knows different.  Keep Smokin!

Danny

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I got thinking about "pizza stones"  a rectangular baking stone. That would stand up to heat, but a 14x20 runs about $40

 

I could wrap it in aluminum foil and then could use it to make pizzas on the smoker after taking the foil off (foil might keep the coal out of it)

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