* Galvanized Alert *
Ok so I am a dumb ass. That's outta the way.
I built my UDS last summer, probably used it 10 or so times, it works awesome - thanks to this thread.
It was a very basic, cheap, build. I looked at expanded steel for my firebox but couldn't figure out how the hell I'd make it into a ring for my firebox - no welder or welding skills here.
So, I grabbed what I now know is "welded wire" and bent it around the larger weber fire grate and bailing wired it together. It worked perfect and I thought I was clever.
Looking over this thread recently and wondering why people ONlY used expanded steel and well........here I am.
So question is: I've already used it, can I build a blazing fire in there and burn it off, use the acid trick, or just find a shop to weld me a new expanded steel firebox?