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Post Mon Jun 01, 2009 12:16 am
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papabbq wrote:
Still just as confused as before :?

That's one more reason why I made a charcoal basket for the SFB using 3/4" spaced expanded metal.
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Post Sun Jun 14, 2009 9:35 pm
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Yep, I am going to make one too as soon as I find the expanded metal.

Isn't the whole idea to raise the "basket" (fire) from the original position of the grate in the SFB? Many are trying to figure out strapping and brackets. Why couldn't you just set a couple of small bricks on the coal grate and the basket on top of that? Wouldn't that raise the fire to about the right height without all the fuss?
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Post Mon Jun 15, 2009 12:52 am
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papabbq wrote:
Isn't the whole idea to raise the "basket" (fire) from the original position of the grate in the SFB? Many are trying to figure out strapping and brackets. Why couldn't you just set a couple of small bricks on the coal grate and the basket on top of that? Wouldn't that raise the fire to about the right height without all the fuss?

Not really. The reason for the basket is to load more charcoal for longer, consistent, and stable burn times, without the worry of your charcoal starving for oxygen due to the ashes smothering the lit charcoal. Nothing to do with raising the height of the lit charcoal in the SFB since the heat has no where else to go except through the main chamber to the exhaust chimney vent.
Yes, you can use bricks instead of other types of support for the charcoal basket... as long as the bricks allow the ash to fall through the basket so the ash doesn't suffocate the burning charcoal in the basket.
No fuss was done for my charcoal basket support. Simpler than using bricks, which can explode if you don't use the correct type of bricks in that high heat environment.

Two pieces of angle iron simply placed in the SFB for support of the basket. No drilling required and the charcoal drawer can be removed without needing to remove or mess with the charcoal basket:

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Charcoal basket seated on the lips of the angle iron in the SFB:


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Post Mon Jun 15, 2009 1:12 pm
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Jazz, good point(s). I didn't think about the bricks needing to be fire bricks!
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Post Fri Sep 18, 2009 8:55 am
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Here is how I did my firebox mod using stainless steel hardware and the Lowes basket.

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Post Fri Sep 18, 2009 12:27 pm
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Was it ever determined if the Lowe's Basket was chrome or SS?

I see lots of people still using the basket but I thought it was suggested not to use because of it being chrome.
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Post Fri Sep 18, 2009 3:24 pm
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warthog1 wrote:
Here is how I did my firebox mod using stainless steel hardware and the Lowes basket.


That looks good. I use the shaker basket also. You may want to consider moving the bolts down to raise the basket higher in the SFB.
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Post Fri Sep 18, 2009 4:09 pm

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papabbq wrote:
Was it ever determined if the Lowe's Basket was chrome or SS?

I see lots of people still using the basket but I thought it was suggested not to because of it being chrome.


I bought a couple of these in the last two months, and they say "stainless steel" on the packaging.

So, unless there is some false advertising going on, they should be all good.

Post Fri Sep 18, 2009 4:10 pm

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warthog1 wrote:
You may want to consider moving the bolts down to raise the basket higher in the SFB.


I have been wondering about this, myself.

Does getting the basket up a bit, closer to the football, increase efficiency?

Post Fri Sep 18, 2009 5:13 pm
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Chicago, I thought they were SS too however as I posted back in May, the item description from Lowes says Chrome. Take a look at the lower left corner...

http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=p ... lpage=none[url][/url]
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Post Fri Sep 18, 2009 6:23 pm
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I have had no issues with the hight it is at. It does clear the ash tray. If I were to raise it higher it would increase the problem with the paint. Had good results holding the cooking chamber between 225 and 250. I looked at the cardboard that came on the basket and it states stainless steel.
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Post Fri Sep 18, 2009 6:31 pm
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If it is printed on the box then I am assuming the Lowe's product description was entered wrong on their website. That is good news!
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Post Sat Feb 13, 2010 2:41 pm
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Guys, what are the dimensions of the basket that you all are using? I'm thinking about making one just need the didmensions so I can cut out the metal.

Cheers!

Post Sat Feb 13, 2010 3:49 pm
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miss_rach wrote:
Guys, what are the dimensions of the basket that you all are using? I'm thinking about making one just need the didmensions so I can cut out the metal.

Cheers!


Here's a link to a previous thread about baskets.

http://www.barbecuebible.com/board/view ... highlight=
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Post Sun Feb 14, 2010 11:26 am
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Done....got the SS basket from lowes and already had the strapping material. Took all of 20 minutes to install. Most time consuming part was grinding off the handles on the basket. Will be testing out next weekend.

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