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Charcoal basket questions

post #1 of 10
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Curious about the deminsions everyone uses for their fire basket.  I was thinking somwhere in the neighborhood of 18" by 10 or 12 inches deep, but wanted to see what everyone else is doin and how it works for them.

post #2 of 10

I used the  charcoal grate from an 18" Weber kettle and wrapped expanded metal mesh around it 9" high.

post #3 of 10
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and that works good for you?

post #4 of 10

Works like a charm! and leaves a nice airspace around the basket.

post #5 of 10
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Awesome, Then that is what I will go with as well.  Much appreciated

post #6 of 10

I built mine using the instructions from here;

 

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=43943

post #7 of 10

What are you going to be using this charcoal basket in?

post #8 of 10

Hi, I used the method found at http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=89796&highlight=expanded+steel

 

It's made from 24" x 24" expanded sheet metal,and fits like a charm in my sfb. It turned out to be about 6" high.

 

I guess it does depend on where you're putting it/what kind of smoker you're using.

post #9 of 10
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Been wanting to build a drum for over a year, even bought a drum last fall, but project kept gettin derailed by other things goin on, and one afternoon i came home and the wife and kids had decided to burn trash in the "new trash barrel"

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Been wanting to build a drum for over a year, even bought a drum last fall, but project kept gettin derailed by other things goin on, and one afternoon i came home and the wife and kids had decided to burn trash in the "new trash barrel"

Life in prison eh?

 

 

I used the charcoal grate ya can get as a replacement fer a weber grill, if memory serves, ther bout 13 er 14 inchs in diameter, I just wrapped expanded metal round that bout 10 inchs high, added four bolt legs to it an a handle.  On a full basket I easily get 10 ta 12 hours er more which does everthin I need.  Ya can always go bigger, but I ain't never needed ta.
 

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