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    Default Charcoal Basket Designs

    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.

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    Default Drum Basket Design

    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...







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    Quote Originally Posted by PigCicles View Post
    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.
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    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
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    Quote Originally Posted by PigCicles View Post
    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.
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    Heres my no weld version, cut similar to Pig's, bent the tabs on the corners and added a couple bolts.....

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    I don't know what the actual temp is, but it cooks the way I want it to, so I don't guess it really matters.

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by PigCicles View Post
    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/showt...grill-upgraded
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BluDawg View Post
    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!!
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    Tom, smoker of meats and fine cigars
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