Can it stand the heat..or a bad idea?

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by beebeque, Oct 13, 2007.

  1. beebeque

    beebeque Fire Starter

    I've got a thick aluminum baking pan with nice high walls that I'd like to use to replace the small smoke box on my GOSM. Any concerns with aluminum? Can it stand the heat or is this a bad idea?

    Forgive me, I flunked Metalurgy!
  2. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Other than that it melts now problem. If it's heavy enough it might work well. Lots of folks use coffee cans and they're not that heavy.
  3. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    But they are also steel. The aluminum will work for a short time. It will disintegrate quickly, however. I'd find some steel.
  4. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    coffee can idea sounds like a winner........

    i use a smoke box that you use in gas grills........HEAVY steel.........

    i fill it with chips and place ontop of thefire.......werks GREAT

  5. badss

    badss Meat Mopper

    I'm a newbie but I used the coffe can trick I learned on here and it worked great. Better yet make two so that when it comes time to change out the chips its a quick switch. Held more chips than the heavy cast iron chip box and produced smoke quicker due to less metal to heat up.
  6. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I doubt this needs to be said, but best to err on the side of caution: Be sure to burn off the paint from the can BEFORE using in your unit.
  7. kueh

    kueh Meat Mopper

    Aluminum is fine. However don't leave water in it as it will corrode the aluminum unless it has been hardened, anodized, or whatever.Aluminum's melting point is about 1200°F so you have no worries about melting it.

    The only problem you'll have is if it's your mate's favourite pan.........

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