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post #21 of 30
]Hi JIRodrigues I don't any cutting tools except for my Dremel and a pair of cutting snips. Your idea sounds tempting, be alot cheaper.
Still have to fireup the Smoke N Pit, when the rains stop and see where I'm at with thin metal plates.
Thanks Dan
PS Here is what temps looked like using my Marvick 732
post #22 of 30
Here's a video from YouTube that shows how to make a basket with just a cutting wheel and a ruler. I think you could do this with aircraft snips as well....it would just take longer

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=I5poqrIboAE&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DI5poqrIboAE
post #23 of 30
Hambone:
I did make a basket, haven't tried it yet. I'm working on getting tuning plates. The ones that came with Smoke N Pit are thin ones. Looking for something heavier.
As you can see from my previous post my temps side to side were way off.
My basket is in post 17
Thanks Dan
post #24 of 30

Heavier plates are nice if you can get them for a reasonable cost. Another option is buy a stepped drill bit and take the 11X17 heavy aluminum baking sheat and drill rows of holes that start at 1/4" along one of the short sides, then after you have drilled a few rows at 1/4", step up the size to 1/2" and drill a few more rows, then for the last few rows step up to 1".

 

Then put the pan in so that the smaller holes are closest to the firebox, this allows some heat to come up near the firebox while forcing most of it towards the cold end of the smoker and the larger holes.

post #25 of 30
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Originally Posted by DanBono View Post

Hambone:
I did make a basket, haven't tried it yet. I'm working on getting tuning plates. The ones that came with Smoke N Pit are thin ones. Looking for something heavier.
As you can see from my previous post my temps side to side were way off.
My basket is in post 17
Thanks Dan

your basket looks good. i just thought that video was pretty good for anyone else thinking of making one.

post #26 of 30
Hi All Does the expanded metal basket have to be cured?? I hate to waste charcoal on just the basket.
Thanks Dan
post #27 of 30
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Originally Posted by DanBono View Post

Hi All Does the expanded metal basket have to be cured?? I hate to waste charcoal on just the basket.
Thanks Dan

Nope - it would never retain a cure anyway - the fire would burn it off. Just let the charcoal burn for a bit incase of any coating the manufacutre puts on the expanded metal.

post #28 of 30
Hi All Here is what I used for tuning Plates. Read about it somewhere in this forum .I took the charcoal tray that runs the length of the cooking chamber, turned it upside down and placed it by firebox opening.Hope it shows in the pics.If I can get them uploaded.

Tonite I just used the firebox as a grill. Put 1/2 Weber chimney of Kingsford charcoal into my home made basket.
Temps were only off by 20* side to side, much better then last time. I think with a little more working on the problem, the temps would even out some more.
I wasn't happy about the way the grill worked, next time I have to get the grill grates closer to charcoal. The charcoal was 6" from the grills.

Thanks Dan
All 4 of my thermo's were checked in boiling water before testing the pit.
post #29 of 30

menards has this Weldable Steel Sheet 12" x 18" - 22 Gauge for $8

post #30 of 30
Great thread! I made my basket today and it was much easier than I expected. Even in Canada Home Depot had the expanded metal, so thanks for the tip! For any other newbies like me don't put this mod off. I cut mine quick with a cutting blade on an angle grinder (blade was like $4 at same Home Depot), and bending wasn't hard. I used a hammer and clamped the metal to a workbench.



Here are some pics of the process. Cheers!
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