Charcoal Grate Question

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by jraiona, Jan 16, 2015.

  1. I am going to be purchasing a WSM 18.5 this weekend and I am extremely anxious and excited. I read a suggestion to get another grate and lay it on the other grate running perpendicular to prevent coal, ash, and wood from falling through and blocking the air intakes. Has anyone else done this and is it really necessary? If so are the grates readily available?
     
  2. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I haven't done it yet. But they should have the grates where you buy your smoker around $20 my guess. I'd say start without you can always get one later!
     
  3. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    I did one for my 22.5 WSM. I got a charcoal grate for a 22.5 kettle from HD and it fit like a glove in the charcoal ring. I then tie wired it together.

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  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Another option that gives you even smaller holes and a more efficient burn is to get a sheet of expanded metal and cut it to fit the existing grate. Still allows plenty of air and increases the burn time of the small coals. You pretty much end up with only ash after a long smoke.
     

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