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Need some more help please.

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by domn8_ion, Sep 18, 2007.

  1. Okay, I'm still working on my fridge conversion. I finally found expanded metal for the grates themselves. But I was wondering if aluminum is safe? I can't weld, so it will be all nuts and bolts. Mainly worried about health concerns and structural integrity.
  2. fatback joe

    fatback joe Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I hope aluminum is safe between beer can chicken and wrapping things in foil, a lot of aluminum goes through my cooker.
  3. richtee

    richtee Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    IMHO...Steel nuts/bolts and aluminum are a bad combo...in that a galvanic reaction will be set up between the two dissimilar metals causing quick corrosion and failure. Especially in a moist, salty environment.

    My racks are all steel expanded. But then again, I had 'em welded too. But if you can find alum. bolts, or maybe a stainless bolt/nut combo, heck I dunno if even that would be OK.
  4. I've got stainless nuts/bolts. Just need to find a compatable angle iron for the rack supports. I definatly don't want to use metals that will wind up making people sick.
  5. smokin for life

    smokin for life Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I asked the same question about the ABT rack I made out of aluminum. Then I stopped and thought about my grill. Thats aluminum and the bolts and screws in that are made of steel, and I'm still alive. My abt rack is made out of a piece of aluminum and like you I don't have a welder so I screwed the legs on that. I've made a butt load of ABT's on it & I'm doing ok. Just my 2 cents.