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MES grates are way too heavy.......

post #1 of 12
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....for my type of smoking, so what do I do? Them stock racks are like tonnage in weight as compared to the meat I normally smoke which is fish, especially Salmon nuggets and jerky. The stock racks are also of the standard grate design which will not allow me to use since the nuggets and jerky would fall between the grate wires. I need the small square design so small foods pieces won't fall through.

The closest rack I could find on line, was 1-3/4" too short in width and about 5/8" too deep. Thus I had to twerk...er..tweak up the back side of each rack in order to shorten them a tad, similar to the stock MES grate design but a little more pronounced.

The width was way too short so I had to add support rails to fill the void.


Now these grate are ready to produce some Salmon nuggets in the next week or two.

Here's a before (bottom) and after (top) shot
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One down, four to go. The four have already been tweaked, waiting for rail supports.
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Zap, Zap, Zap!
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Edited by cmayna - 2/3/16 at 6:42pm
post #2 of 12
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Originally Posted by cmayna View Post

....for my type of smoking, so what do I do? Them stock racks are like tonnage in weight as compared to the meat I normally smoke which is fish, especially Salmon nuggets and jerky. The stock racks are also of the standard grate design which will not allow me to use since the nuggets and jerky would fall between the grate wires. I need the small square design so small foods pieces won't fall through.

The closest rack I could find on line, was 1-3/4" too short in width and about 5/8" too deep. Thus I had to twerk...er..tweak up the back side of each rack in order to shorten them a tad, similar to the stock MES grate design but a little more pronounced.

The width was way too short so I had to add support rails to fill the void.


Now these grate are ready to produce some Salmon nuggets in the next week or two.

Here's a before (bottom) and after (top) shot
8667427f67b93224c6fa093e9b256edb.jpg

One down, four to go. The four have already been tweaked, waiting for rail supports.
ea388337a2765584aa9be00f896d0772.jpg

Zap, Zap, Zap!
74b45b793e5265fdbd69eb67351636f0.jpg

8af2df8a6b69ac11c85275cb434d1c55.jpg

118d763a51423810576820c10d03da4e.jpg




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Those look great!  Do you have a press break for the bends?

-Kurt

post #3 of 12

That's some nice fabrication work!

 

I bet you could sell those!

 

Al

post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks Kurt and Al.  Kurt, all I did was to first break the weld loose on the two back corner vertical supports,giving me room,  then turn the grate upside down with the  to be bent area hanging over the front edge of my shop's table.  Clamp it down and with a big hammer and brass drift,  whamo!    I'll take a pic later today.

post #5 of 12

Great Idea, Craig!!!-----And Nice Job!!Thumbs Up

 

I hope this means some more big batches of Salmon Nuggets coming soon!!!:drool

 

 

Bear

post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 

Bear,

Tsk! Tsk! Tsk!   Haven't you ever heard of SBSN?  (Super Bowl Salmon Nuggets). :yahoo:

post #7 of 12

Ok, but why not just use some of Todd's Q-MATZ?

 

http://www.amazenproducts.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=46

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Ok, but why not just use some of Todd's Q-MATZ?

http://www.amazenproducts.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=46


Bahhhh, that'd be too easy and no fun!

Nice work Craig!
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Ok, but why not just use some of Todd's Q-MATZ?

 

http://www.amazenproducts.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=46

 

A) That means I'd have to clean both the stock anchor weight racks plus the Q-Matz  when I get done.

B) The stock racks are way too heavy for when I carry 5 racks worth of Salmon pieces out to the smoker, I'm squishing the bottom racks contents. The weight of these new racks add very little to the total weight.

C) I don't like the artwork imprint the Q-Matz leave on fish as compared to the small squares (talkin about getting a little anal) :banana_smiley:

D) This project was way too much fun.

post #10 of 12

All sound like good reasons to me, especially A & B!!Thumbs Up

 

SBSN sound good too!!:drool

 

 

Bear

post #11 of 12
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.....oh and E)  My welder, Mr. Miggy was lonely.

post #12 of 12

Gonna need 4 of these. Just let me know when they are done and  you need my address.

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