Originally Posted by D_Weezy
First of all I want to say hi! I am new here. I was thinking about using a modified turkey fryer basket, for a charcoal grate and basket. What do you think? With a little adaptation, I think it might work. The dimensions on the basket are 13" high by 11 1/2" diameter. With coal grate, that would leave me with 10" high by 11 1/2" diameter. That is a volume of approx 1038cu. inches. I see that most everyone's basket and grate comes out to a volume of approx 800cu. inches. I should have plenty of room and then some.
3.14pi x (rad. x rad. = rad. sq.) x Height = Volume cu. inches
3.14pi x (rad 5 3/4" x rad 5 3/4" = 33.0625" rad. sq.) x 10"H = Volume 1038.163cu. inches
I hope I am not over thinking this. I have a tendency of doing that.
I was really caught up on volume in the beginning too but now I know it really isn't a big deal. I used a kettle charcoal grate 17" diameter and expanded metal to make the height 6" high. That holds more charcoal than I will ever need. Next one will definitely be smaller!
The only problem you might run into with a charcoal basket 13" high is that it is bringing the fire closer to your food. But you will never know unless you try it so put it in there fire it up and post some pron.