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post #41 of 53

Outstanding....quick question for anyone who can answer....how do you go about bending the expanded metal? Go to a couple different metal yards and never noticed if they have a thinner one than the one I have...and there ain't no way that stuff is being bent by hand....sorry for the hi-jack....

post #42 of 53
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Outstanding....quick question for anyone who can answer....how do you go about bending the expanded metal? Go to a couple different metal yards and never noticed if they have a thinner one than the one I have...and there ain't no way that stuff is being bent by hand....sorry for the hi-jack....

If your getting the stuff HD and lowes has, it bends by hand. It's 18 gauge.
post #43 of 53
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Originally Posted by dirtsailor2003 View Post

If your getting the stuff HD and lowes has, it bends by hand. It's 18 gauge.
Didn't see any at HD or Lowes last I looked. Get most of my stuff from a place called Alcobra Metals. Great deals on remnants and full sheets/sticks...
post #44 of 53
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Didn't see any at HD or Lowes last I looked. Get most of my stuff from a place called Alcobra Metals. Great deals on remnants and full sheets/sticks...

My Lowes had it in 18ga 12"x24" sheets in the metal section. They are hard to find because they are in cardboard boxes so I had to dig around to find them. It was thin enough that I was able to bend it around a 2" pipe to shape it.

post #45 of 53
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Didn't see any at HD or Lowes last I looked. Get most of my stuff from a place called Alcobra Metals. Great deals on remnants and full sheets/sticks...


Look near the screen door section. It is sold as dog protectors for screen doors. That is where I found it a HD. Even with the help of a very inept employee it took a while to find. Yes, it is in a box. I bent it around a propane tank.

post #46 of 53
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Originally Posted by inkjunkie View Post

Didn't see any at HD or Lowes last I looked. Get most of my stuff from a place called Alcobra Metals. Great deals on remnants and full sheets/sticks...

Well if you get 18 gauge material you should be able to bend it by hand. Anything thicker might be tough. Make sure you don't go to big on the holes. Bigger holes means you'll lose more un-burnt charcoal.

Both my lowes and HD keep the expanded metal where the flat stock, bar stock, angle iron and threaded rod are located.
post #47 of 53
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As they said above.  I picked mine up (18 gauge) from lowes.  It was located in the small metal section where you can get bars and sheets of metal.  Its fairly small at my lowes... maybe 10 feet wide section on the isle... which I don't remember which one it was on.  I ended up walking around, until I found it.  Beside all the bar stock, there's a rack with sheets of metal on it.  At my lowes the metal I needed was on the bottom shelf in a piece of cardboard... buy two of them.... They were like $11 each.

 

edit: added price.

post #48 of 53

Nice !!!

post #49 of 53
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Originally Posted by inkjunkie View Post
 

Outstanding....quick question for anyone who can answer....how do you go about bending the expanded metal? Go to a couple different metal yards and never noticed if they have a thinner one than the one I have...and there ain't no way that stuff is being bent by hand....sorry for the hi-jack....


All you need is a little bit of want to lol. For really thick stuff you could heat it up with a torch or you could also wrap it around a tree with a couple hooks and pull it with your truck. Where there is a will, there is a way. 

post #50 of 53
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All you need is a little bit of want to lol. For really thick stuff you could heat it up with a torch or you could also wrap it around a tree with a couple hooks and pull it with your truck. Where there is a will, there is a way. 

There is really no need for anything heavier than 18 gauge. But if you can get it for free that is another story. I wouldn't want a heavy basket if I were you Doug, with the bad back and all might kind of suck.

post #51 of 53
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Originally Posted by timberjet View Post
 

There is really no need for anything heavier than 18 gauge. But if you can get it for free that is another story. I wouldn't want a heavy basket if I were you Doug, with the bad back and all might kind of suck.

 

Agreed, I made my fire basket from home depot stuff and it has held up for several years.

post #52 of 53
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I just posted details of my cook in a new thread.  I'm looking for constructive criticism on my cook, tell me what you guys thing.

 

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/184548/typos-first-smoke-on-uds

post #53 of 53
Way to go on the build typo!
I told you I had points for ya. Looks great!
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