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Unread 04-12-2013, 02:50 PM   #1
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So, I picked up the steel today to start the grill/rotisserie.
I'm starting with this custom fire ring 48" diameter x 16" high (and yes, it will be sitting at ground level, not on the saw horses).


My basic design will be 24" x 42" grill grate similar to the Engelbrecht Braten Campfire Grill.
http://www.grillsandcookers.com/1000-original-grill.php.

I'll be adding a rotisserie that will sit about 8 inches (16 inch max food diameter) above the cooking grate and it will adjust with the grate.

My question: how tall should I make it; or stated another way, assuming a fire at ground level inside the ring, how much adjustment above the fire should I shoot for? I'm tentatively planning on the 16 inch fire ring depth depth plus 36 inches plus (52 inches) plus room at the top for the adjusting rod, etc (say 8 inches).

PS: to clarify, the SM grill & rotisserie will be a free standing unit, not attached to the fire ring.
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This is probably not the answer you're looking for but I personally would like the bed of coals to be about 2.5' off the ground to begin with.
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Cabon, thanks. Raising the whole unit is not out of the question if we decide to have a permanent location but that's not the plan right now. I'm more interested in the preferred distance needed to adjust the cooking grate above the coal bed.
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I'm Guessing that Landarc might chime in here, If I remember right, he has a very nice Santa Maria Grill set up, But I have no idea as far as dimensions go.

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Thanks code3rrt. I did use the search tool function and read/looked at some really great builds documented on the site. That's where I got my tentative dimensions roughly ground level to +52 inches should give me 36" to +40" above the fire/coals.
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