Safe metals for mods

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by jmanic, Jan 14, 2010.

  1. jmanic

    jmanic Newbie

    Hey all-
    New here, just got an SNP for Christmas, so it looks like I'm graduating from my vertical water smoker.

    Anyway, I've read enough to know I want to make some mods before I cure this thing, so I have a couple of questions about metals I want to use.

    My local hardware store's selection of steel plate includes stuff labeled as weld steel.
    I assume if this is safe for welding, it's safe for use as a baffle- right?
    I'll steer clear of the galvanized stuff for sure.

    Also for the charcoal basket, I have an old grill-top veggie basket that I think is stainless- is there a way I can tell its stainless and not some plated metal? Tried a magnet and it does stick, but that doesn't say much I guess.

    Thanks for your thoughts
  2. meat hunter

    meat hunter Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    The metal sold at the hardware store is your basic run of the mill all purpose stuff, ok for welding.
    As far as the stainless, yes magnet will stick to some stainless. If it has a brushed appearance, like your kitchen sink, its probably stainless.
  3. b8h8r

    b8h8r Smoke Blower

    You should be fine with both of those.

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