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Old 09-08-2011, 10:28 AM   #57
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Join Date: 06-30-09
Location: Redmond, WA

Originally Posted by JMSetzler View Post
I am finding that a fire basket might be overkill on this project. I just use the normal base of the smokey joe...
Overkill...maybe. Fun to make, yes!! Something about risking life and limb working with the razor-sharp expanded metal appeals to me...have charcoal baskets for both of mine.

One thing I've found. I've got expanded metal lining the bottom of the basket (built on SJ charcoal grate). I haven't done anything to cover vent holes on bottom of SJ...the expanded metal helps keep the ash together(?)...keeps it from all falling through the grate and blocking the vent (this does happen, but only after a good 7-8 hour burn).
Humphrey's Pint, Weber(Go Anywhere, Smokey Joe, "Smoker Joe", 22.5" Kettles, Gasser, Q100, Q200, (2)22.5" WSM, (1)18.5" WSM (1) 14.5" WSM, UDS (Weber lid), Rib-O-Lator. BLACK thermapen...and a YELLOW one too!!

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