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PigCicles
03-27-2008, 09:20 PM
Thought I'd start a thread about how we make our charcoal baskets so that anyone wanting to make one will be able to get it right the first time. I'm hoping to see several different designs here for different applications, e.g. Side fire box, drum smokers, on down to what ever you have modified to use a charcoal basket.

Here's my 12" X 12" X 6" wall design used in the Chargriller Duo. It could be shorter on the side walls, but works well.

I fold the extra inch on the length of the walls around the corner and tack weld them in place or fold and lock them together. They can be wired, bolted, or even cut and hook the ends through the holes to lock it in place.

Here's a pic showing the lower left corner how I locked it together on this basket.

http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t38/PigCicles/PICT0824-1.jpg

PigCicles
03-27-2008, 09:53 PM
Here's the basket design I recently put together while working on getting the drum smoker(s) going.

It has a 5 in side wall. You'll need a piece of expanded metal approx. 19" square to fit to the bottom, then trimmed to fit the finished diameter of the side wall.

I worked mine by hand and foot until it formed enough of a circle to get it bolted together - then tack welded the joint. After that I tacked on the square bottom, then trimmed it to the size of the wall.

This will need feet to lift it off the bottom approx. 4". You can use bolts (burn off any zinc or galvanized material from them) with washers and nuts.

Here's some pics showing what I did...

http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t38/PigCicles/PICT0872.jpg

http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t38/PigCicles/PICT0869.jpg

http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t38/PigCicles/PICT0871.jpg

http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t38/PigCicles/PICT0868.jpg

TX Sandman
03-27-2008, 11:41 PM
It has a 5 in side wall. You'll need a piece of expanded metal approx. 19" square to fit to the bottom, then trimmed to fit the finished diameter of the side wall.

This is almost exactly what I'm planning on for my drum. I'm going to take one of those 12x24" sheets of expanded metal from HD/Lowes, cut it in half, and use it for the sidewalls. I figure it'll be about 16" across, which'll fit nicely on a Weber coal grate.

Just as another idea, what about folding the corners of that 19" square up around the sidewalls? Then someone could hold the entire thing together with bolts.

Pics as the thing get's built.

PigCicles
03-28-2008, 05:05 AM
Yeah Rob you could do that, but bending that short of an area up and to match the radius will be a pain. I thought about doing that myself, even with tacking it in place it would give more area to tack it on tight.

If you know the diameter of basket you want you can calculate the length by using this circumference calculator...

http://www.athropolis.com/popup/c-circ2.htm

TX Sandman
03-28-2008, 07:06 AM
If you know the diameter of basket you want you can calculate the length by using this circumference calculator...

http://www.athropolis.com/popup/c-circ2.htm

Thanks for the link. That'll make things a lot easier for my calculator.

My plan is to work, for this drum, with what I can find at local hardware stores or chains. That way anyone can use what I did and get similar results. Since they're limited to that size, I'll do that, too. Later I may visit salvage yards or metalshops.

As for the corners, it would *definitely* be a pain. But, for someone without a welder, it would give several options for fastening.

Bbq Bubba
03-28-2008, 08:37 AM
Heres my no weld version, cut similar to Pig's, bent the tabs on the corners and added a couple bolts.....
http://img147.imageshack.us/img147/4396/img1677dv8.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
By imn88fan (http://profile.imageshack.us/user/imn88fan)

peculiarmike
03-30-2008, 07:47 AM
Here's my basket I made for the C-G Duo's SFB. Bought the expanded metal at a local Ace hardware store, cut it with aviation tin snips, bent it in my vise, beat it with a 2lb. ball peen hammer a bit to get it's attention. I just wired the corners together figuring once it got hot things might expand or relax and cause gaps.
I made it so the ash drawer would slide out with it in place. It holds plenty of charcoal mounded up.

JamesB
04-01-2008, 05:13 AM
I don't use charcoal baskets in my big offsets, but I have been using a Weber charcoal grate (supported by 4" lag bolts) and the charcoal ring from my WSM in my UDSs.

Recently, I had a buddy build me a couple of charcoal baskets for the UDSs. Again, using the Weber charcoal grates, 4" pieces of rebar for the legs and some expanded steel... These are a bit tall, but I didn't give him any specific directions for the build. I've been out of the country for a while, so I have not had the chance to use them yet, but I think they will work...

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg311/TexasQCrew/Pits/UDS/th_UDS_Coal_Baskets.jpg (http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg311/TexasQCrew/Pits/UDS/UDS_Coal_Baskets.jpg)

James.

peculiarmike
04-01-2008, 08:55 PM
My charcoal basket for the SDS (Silver Drum Smoker). 4' x 11", rolled and bolted together. It just sits on the expanded metal base.

cowgirl
04-02-2008, 10:39 AM
Here's one I made for one of my smokers.....

http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg74/cowgirls-photos_album/015-1.jpg?t=1207150862


http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg74/cowgirls-photos_album/016-1-1.jpg?t=1207150667

http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg74/cowgirls-photos_album/020-1.jpg

I had planned on using small hog rings to hold it together, but went with small bolts instead.

So far I like it.

PigCicles
04-02-2008, 12:18 PM
It seems like everyone has a little different twist, but the end result is still the same. Nice baskets that hold the fire in place for better control.

Cowgirl - you're a building / fabricating machine. Do you weld too? I think I'm in love :blushing:

cowgirl
04-02-2008, 05:59 PM
Thank you Pigcicles.:blushing:
I wish I could weld...I'm currently trying to talk myself into an EZ wire welder, but I'd have to have someone show me how to use it. lol

PigCicles
04-02-2008, 06:06 PM
Thank you Pigcicles.:blushing:
I wish I could weld...I'm currently trying to talk myself into an EZ wire welder, but I'd have to have someone show me how to use it. lol

Key is always pratice, practice, practice. Get a good helmet and don't skimp and go with a cheapy welder - you will get what you pay for. Let us know if you push yourself into getting one.

cowgirl
04-02-2008, 06:08 PM
Thanks for the tips! I'll let you know if I get one....I'll probably have a lot of questions.:)

nmayeux
05-04-2008, 08:18 AM
For my BSKD, I kinda did the same thing. I used some pipe nipples and joints to make a base, and used a mixture of sheet and expanded metal to make the basket itself. Also, I cut a "V" in the back side so that I could add sticks or charcoal without opening the lid. This was 3 years ago, and it still works great, even if I was chastized for using "flimsy" metal...

californiasmokin
09-11-2009, 08:16 PM
Some good information!!

Thanks!

tomshoots
09-12-2009, 08:41 AM
Here's my basket I made for the C-G Duo's SFB. Bought the expanded metal at a local Ace hardware store, cut it with aviation tin snips, bent it in my vise, beat it with a 2lb. ball peen hammer a bit to get it's attention. I just wired the corners together figuring once it got hot things might expand or relax and cause gaps.
I made it so the ash drawer would slide out with it in place. It holds plenty of charcoal mounded up.

:kewlpics: Way cool! Been thinking of makin' one for my CG SFB. But I got caught up in the drum craze, but I will make it some day. I like that you can slide out the ash drawer w/out disturbing the basket. :sign0092: for sharing!

californiasmokin
09-07-2013, 01:27 AM
:bump:

PigCicles
09-07-2013, 10:24 AM
I forgot about some of the basket designs. I gave my square basket to a friend with a sfb. And it's gotten some good use. I've made a whole slew of UDS baskets in the last few yrs.

Tom did you ever make a basket for your sfb?

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tomshoots
09-07-2013, 12:07 PM
I forgot about some of the basket designs. I gave my square basket to a friend with a sfb. And it's gotten some good use. I've made a whole slew of UDS baskets in the last few yrs.

Tom did you ever make a basket for your sfb?

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No it sat around and rusted out before I ever got around to it. So I got rid of it. But I did make one similar to your design to go into a nice little cast iron grill/smoker given to me by a friend. I in turn, gave it to another friend along with the char-basket.

http://www.theqjoint.com/forum/showthread.php?8974-My-little-smoker-grill-upgraded

BluDawg
09-07-2013, 03:08 PM
What's in the whisky today? I came in the house and hit the button on this thing and this is the first post I see, I just welded up a basket for my mini WSM.

tomshoots
09-07-2013, 08:19 PM
What's in the whisky today? I came in the house and hit the button on this thing and this is the first post I see, I just welded up a basket for my mini WSM.

Well let's see it!!:msn-wink:

BluDawg
09-08-2013, 10:44 AM
Have to weight for it to cool down it is in use Making Bacon, maybe this evening I'll get a pic.