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Baffle/Basket Help

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Need some advice on building a custom coal basket and a baffle for my smoker. New to all of this. Just a little advice on materials and where to buy would be greatly appreciated.

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A lot depends on your tools and capabilities. If you have a welder and an angle grinder or circular saw, a drill, metal cutting shears, etc. I built a charcoal basket for my smoker. I went to Ace Hardware and bought 3/8" expanded metal by the sq.ft. (4 sq.ft. total) 1' X 4'. Using my circular saw and a metal cutting blade, I cut it to a height of 8", bent it square and welded the ends.

 

Instead of a baffle, I used a deflector and tuning plates.

 

 

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http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/89796/i-call-it-the-20-20-charcoal-basket
Here is a link to make a $20 basket. All I needed was a grinder and a couple of band aids. Hopefully this link will work.
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Grill monkey, Where did you get your fire gasket at. ? The stuff I ordered on line was more like fire felt. Like what you would see on the BGE. It was self adhesive on the back but mines already trying to come off.
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Originally Posted by Smokeburns View Post

Grill monkey, Where did you get your fire gasket at. ? The stuff I ordered on line was more like fire felt. Like what you would see on the BGE. It was self adhesive on the back but mines already trying to come off.

I bought it on Ebay - NEW Rutland Grapho-Glas Stove Gasket - By the Foot

 

I used this adhesive from Ebay - VERSACHEM MEGA BLACK SILICON HI TEMP GASKET MAKER 2 PAK FREE USA SHIP

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I bought it on Ebay - NEW Rutland Grapho-Glas Stove Gasket - By the Foot

I used this adhesive from Ebay - VERSACHEM MEGA BLACK SILICON HI TEMP GASKET MAKER 2 PAK FREE USA SHIP
Oh ok. Lucked out on that. I work for masco contracting company and deal and sale fireplaces. And that's exactly the same style of fire rope on a lot of our wood burners but they attach by metal tabs hiding it in place how did you adhere yours? With RTV or something?
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Oh ok. Lucked out on that. I work for masco contracting company and deal and sale fireplaces. And that's exactly the same style of fire rope on a lot of our wood burners but they attach by metal tabs hiding it in place how did you adhere yours? With RTV or something?

Versachem High-temp silicone black rtv

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Is the tray under your basket welded on to the basket? If not did you make it or where did you buy it?

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Is the tray under your basket welded on to the basket? If not did you make it or where did you buy it?

No, the basket has no bottom and just sits on top of the tray. The tray came with the smoker. I actually rarely use the basket because I almost always use split wood for fuel.

 

 

Here I just added a couple of splits. This is a rib smoke and the temp is around 225 degrees.

I use about a third of a can of charcoal to get the wood going, then add just enough splits to stay around my target temp.

There is a lot less ash when using just wood, so the fire breathes better.

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