The BBQ BRETHREN FORUMS.


Forum Portal Recipes Smoke Signals Magazine Welocme Merchandise Associations Purchase Subscription Brethren Banners
Go Back   The BBQ BRETHREN FORUMS. > Discussion Area > Q-talk

Notices

Q-talk *ON TOPIC ONLY* QUALITY ON TOPIC discussion of Backyard BBQ, grilling, Equipment and just outdoor cookin' in general, hints, tips, tricks & techniques, success, failures... but stay on topic. And watch for that hijacking.


Reply
Thread Tools
Unread 01-02-2013, 04:16 PM   #1
MuddyWaters007
Got rid of the matchlight.
 
Join Date: 12-11-12
Location: miami fl
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default Expanded metal

Hey everyone! does anyone use stainless expanded metal for their bbq grates? What do you guys use? I am thinking stainless is better cause it will not rust as easy. I went to a metal company today though and it is really expensive and they only sell it in large sheets. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
MuddyWaters007 is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 01-02-2013, 04:34 PM   #2
gtr
somebody shut me the fark up.


 
gtr's Avatar
 
Join Date: 10-16-10
Location: Culver City, CA
Downloads: 2
Uploads: 0
Default

It may be work asking the metal company if they have a bin of cutoffs you can check out - you may find something there.
__________________
50" Klose BYC, 22.5 WSM, Backwoods Chubby, UDS, 26" & 22.5" Weber Kettles, Jumbo Joe, WGA, WSJ/MUDS, Jumbo Old Smokey, a piece of expanded metal I throw over the fire pit sometimes, Stealthy Black & Vol Orange Thermapens
Displaced East Tennesseean
Proud recipient of a Tick
Former outlaw MOINK baller, now IMBAS Certified, but still lookin' over my shoulder.
Golden Goose Egg - Got 2 in the nest baby!
SPFP
Mayzie's keeping an eye out for you!
WTFWGALD?
gtr is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 01-02-2013, 04:35 PM   #3
bluetang
somebody shut me the fark up.

 
bluetang's Avatar
 
Join Date: 08-06-10
Location: Stuart, Fl
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

I picked up a 4x8 steel for 55.00, it's what I used in my stickburner. I was able to pick up some SS expanded metal "drops" from a local fabricator for cheap. Full 48"wide, various lengths, none over 16". Made a bunch of charcoal baskets for UDS's out of them. You might try going that route if you want SS and tacking them together to get your size.
__________________
Homegrown 120 Gallon Reverse Flow, Homey, the Homegrown Kettle, 3 UDS's, 3 Stack Pro Q Excel 20, 18.5" Elderly(but not retired) WSM, 150lb Capacity Homegrown Electric and a CA gasserrrr
Bicycle Fast Polder Thermo, Indisputably Fastest Purple Thermapen, SAI Satay Grill

bluetang is online now   Reply With Quote


Thanks from:--->
Unread 01-02-2013, 05:47 PM   #4
yakdung
is one Smokin' Farker
 
Join Date: 04-12-10
Location: Houston, Texas
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

I used number 9 flat as it is known to build my fire rings for my UDS. Did not use stainless and it worked out great. It came in 4x8 sheets.
yakdung is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 01-03-2013, 05:47 AM   #5
BigBellyBBQ
is One Chatty Farker

 
BigBellyBBQ's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-15-08
Location: Lake View, New York
Downloads: 1
Uploads: 0
Default

follow above...look for cut offs at the local scrap yard...call all local metal shops...or just figure what you need and order the whole sheet, when figure your grates using the stock sizes to eliminate ALL SCRAP or drops...find someone else to split the cost of new sheets...If you are in the Buffalo area I have a couple sheets and some drops saved
__________________
TwinTech Pro Double, Backwoods Fat Boy, TwinTech Hawg Kooker, FE 400, SP SPK 700, Empty check book and understanding wife...sometimes..
BigBellyBBQ is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 01-03-2013, 06:17 AM   #6
que_dawg
On the road to being a farker

 
Join Date: 07-29-10
Location: Gainesville, GA
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

If you use your cooker often and season it properly before you use the grates, I don't really see any need to spend the extra money on the SS. In the cookers we build, we only use mild steel. If it is seasoned by spraying down with oil and baking it in at a higher temp for a couple of hours then you shouldn't have problems with rusting. If your cookers sits for long periods between cooks then you may need to consider the SS.

For the charcoal grate I think SS will stand up to the heat a bit better and fend off the rust for sure.

Just my $.02. Good luck with whatever you choose.
__________________
Superior SS-1
Superior SS-2
www.superiorsmokers.com
www.facebook.com/superiorsmokers
Head Pitmaster In Charge, Superior Smokers
que_dawg is offline   Reply With Quote


Thanks from: --->
Unread 01-03-2013, 07:13 AM   #7
roksmith
is one Smokin' Farker
 
Join Date: 04-21-09
Location: Marietta, Ohio
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

Love my SS expanded metal grates. Been using them for 2 years and they look as clean and shiny as day one. Yes.. more expensive, but I made 10 of them, so I used up a whole sheet. If you only need one or two.. as said above, go look in the drops bin.
__________________
4000 sq inch Wood Burner named Brutus - KCSB member/judge# 32129
roksmith is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 01-03-2013, 10:19 AM   #8
NRA4Life
is One Chatty Farker

 
NRA4Life's Avatar
 
Join Date: 07-07-09
Location: Newark, OH
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

None of my grates are SS. In my big RF, I've been using them for 6 years without issue. After each use, I burn the residual fat, spices, drippings off with my weed burner, wire brush it, then spray with cooking spray. I'm not saying I wouldn't use SS, but the materials to build my cooking grates haven't cost me anything.
__________________
- Kevin
Team: Smitty's Real Pit BBQ
KCBS CBJ
Superior SS-3 - Courtesy of Gainesville Jaycees and Superior Smokers
2 Custom Built Reverse Flow Stickburners
Weber 22.5" WSM
Weber 26.75" OTG
Weber Blue 2000 Stainless Performer
NRA4Life is online now   Reply With Quote


Unread 01-03-2013, 12:31 PM   #9
mr dirts bbq
Full Fledged Farker

 
mr dirts bbq's Avatar
 
Join Date: 01-24-12
Location: yorktown, new york
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

i use #9 - 3/4 expanded steel, i get it for $42 delivered here in ny (total order must be $300 for delivery though)
i just use grill brush and crisco after each cook
__________________
charbroil offset, custom trailer pit, 46" vermont castings gasser, 18" kettle, big poppa smokers engineered drum kit smoker than was never picked up = NEW TOY! and last but not least: a never ending 20' comp trailer project
mr dirts bbq is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 01-03-2013, 12:39 PM   #10
jestridge
somebody shut me the fark up.
 
Join Date: 12-28-07
Location: annville ky
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

After a few cooks you wont be able to tell the difference
jestridge is offline   Reply With Quote


Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Loading



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:17 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise v2.6.0 Beta 4 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
2003 -2012 © BBQ-Brethren Inc. All rights reserved. All Content and Flaming Pig Logo are registered and protected under U.S and International Copyright and Trademarks. Content Within this Website Is Property of BBQ Brethren Inc. Reproduction or alteration is strictly prohibited.
no new posts