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Unread 01-08-2013, 07:03 PM   #16
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For my basket I used a charcoal grate from a 22.5" weber kettle. It's 17" wide. The steel shop charged me about $8 for a piece of 3/4" x 9, that was 9" x 60". They even bent it in a perfect circle for me, no extra charge. That really helped out when it came time to put it together. Used a piece of 3/16" x 36" steel rod to make a handle.
Wow. People don't seem to be that nice here on the east coast. Maybe I'm just not finding the nice folks. Bunch of price gouging no help people here!
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don't cut down the 12"x24", just bolt
the ends together and you've got a
12" deep charcoal basket.....
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Unread 01-08-2013, 07:38 PM   #18
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don't cut down the 12"x24", just bolt
the ends together and you've got a
12" deep charcoal basket.....
Oh, I see. So you have a taller but thinner basket. Just one 12x24, not two connected together. Gotcha. Cool lighting tips in your signature.

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Grilling24x7,
I have extra metal mesh that I used to make my basket. Its about 10-12 inches high and big enough to make a 16" basket. I live near baltimore. $20 and its yours. But you'll have to bend it

For my diffuser is used a 10" pizza pan that I drilled holes in.

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so much for east coasters not being nice. :-)

Jim - sent you a PM!
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I just made a basket with two pieces of 12x24 from home depot. As someone else said, it is by the aluminum bars and angle iron. Lowes had it in the same place. I'll bet your local home depot had it, despite what you were told. I was told Lowes didn't have it, which is why I had to go to home depot. Next time I was at Lowes, I saw it. I just wired the two pieces together and then wired the (somewhat) rounded sheets to the charcoal grate from my 22.5 kettle. It took about 25 minutes.
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Try calling your local steel center or steel recyclers and ask about expended metal "drops". When another customer has them cut a full sheet, but doesn't buy a full sheet, they pass most of the expense to him.... and if the drops of expando are large enough they set them in a separate bin for small projects like yours. A steel center will have a bigger selection than a big box store. I believe my expando is #9 flat. The diamond is about 3/4".

They should let you snoop through the bin and pick the pieces you want. Expando comes in two profiles, flat and raised. Raised is more rigid and works for cooking grates, flat will roll easier. just make sure and pay attention to the direction of the diamonds when you select your pieces.
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I just made a basket with two pieces of 12x24 from home depot. As someone else said, it is by the aluminum bars and angle iron. Lowes had it in the same place. I'll bet your local home depot had it, despite what you were told. I was told Lowes didn't have it, which is why I had to go to home depot. Next time I was at Lowes, I saw it. I just wired the two pieces together and then wired the (somewhat) rounded sheets to the charcoal grate from my 22.5 kettle. It took about 25 minutes.
I just brought a 3/4 24x24 from HD tonight which I will cut into 2 12x24 peices and bolting them together.
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i bought from a welding shop #9 flat 3/4 12" x 48" expanded $16.00 cut. rolled it my self at work in a pinch roller...
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