Originally Posted by backyardchef
A quick easy and cheap alternative to the extra expanded steel to help keep the coals from falling through the grate-- I threw a firegrate from a Weber Kettle into my BYC and Meadowcreek fireboxes and that made a huge diference right there.....
That's exactly what I did. Works perfectly for keeping the coals up top.
I had Klose send me another piece of expanded, cut to fit the fire grate, but the diamond pattern 90 degrees opposing the original. I've been too lazy to get it to a welding shop to tack it all the way around. If I can ever perfect using the SS charcoal basket, I don't think I want a permanent double expanded, as I believe the ash won't fall to the bottom, choking the fire.
My coal bed kept falling through into the SS ash pan, and warped the thing.