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Old 11-17-2013, 06:41 PM   #1
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Default Suggestions for building a charcoal box for stick burner

I have a lang 36 and want to build a charcoal box to go into my firebox. Sometimes I don't have the time to throw on a log every 20-30 minutes so I'm looking for a fuel alternative such as charcoal. I'm looking for a design that can use charcoal and increase my burn time. Any suggestions?
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Old 11-17-2013, 06:49 PM   #2
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Here's a link...Good fit, Nice guy...I got one works great...

http://www.yokeup.net/XXLBaskets.html
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Old 11-17-2013, 07:16 PM   #3
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Here is the one in mine (removable of course).

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Old 11-17-2013, 07:28 PM   #4
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How much burn time do you get with a basket? Do you use charcoal or lump?
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They are simple to build with expanded metal, stainless steel nuts/bolts/washers. No welding required. Just need something to make 4 cuts, then bend all 4 sides up and wrap the sides around each other. Wear gloves because the cut edges are really sharp. Then use the nuts/bolts/washers to make the legs. Adjust to the height you need. If you have a rack in your fire box the legs are not needed. Also need to file down all sharp edges do they don't bite you later.
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^^^This. I had two of them like this for my stick burner. Filled with lump I could get about 7 hours at 225 degrees.
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Old 11-18-2013, 03:42 AM   #7
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How much burn time do you get with a basket? Do you use charcoal or lump?
I use briquettes when using the basket. I have a pile of KBB, and if I want to spend money on more expensive fuel I'll use sticks. Burn time depends on temp. Mine runs hot on charcoal, so I have to limit the coal and reload occasionally. No setting and forgetting. Either way, much less frequent loading than splits.
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If I do a custom made charcoal box as mentioned above won't the coals burn hot and fast? Does anyone create a maze affect inside the custom box to help reduce burn time?
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I really don't see 1 log every 45 min to be much of an issue, If you want to use Coal build a UDS way more efficient.
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I use briquettes when using the basket. I have a pile of KBB, and if I want to spend money on more expensive fuel I'll use sticks. Burn time depends on temp. Mine runs hot on charcoal, so I have to limit the coal and reload occasionally. No setting and forgetting. Either way, much less frequent loading than splits.
in my neck of the woods, sticks is the cheapest fuel

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I have made a maze with fire brick...It works...I just need to experiment more though to find the correct mix of wood and charcoal...I find it easier to add wood every hour to hold a target temp, instead using charcoal as a heat source...I only use charcoal at start up for a quick coal base...

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Not if you bought 800 lbs worth of KBB when HD sold them for $4.88 per 2X20.
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Not if you bought 800 lbs worth of KBB when HD sold them for $4.88 per 2X20.
I am talking about normal prices.
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I am talking about normal prices.
I know. I should have been more clear as to why I use charcoal as a cost savings method.
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