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Unread 06-14-2014, 06:29 AM   #1
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Default UDS basket

I don't know if this has been asked because there is so many UDS threads and I couldn't find anything.
Has anyone ever used a turkey fryer basket for a charcoal basket on a UDS?
I'm in the process of gathering parts to build a UDS and I'm looking at all options.
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Should work fine. I use a washing machine drum with a bunch of 1" holes in the bottom and bolts for legs
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How high is your washing machine drum?
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I can't remember off the top of my head, but it could probably hold 60+ lbs of coal, so it's pretty damned big
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I'm sure it'll work (although it seems a bit narrow and too tall) but since you're in the US you should have no trouble making one out of expanded metal.
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I'd go expanded metal and charcoal grate. I think you can get and maintain a better cleaner fire in a more traditional style basket.

This is an option for you. It comes with the hardware to give you upper level grilling and lower level smoking.

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If that is an aluminum basket, it will not hold up to the charcoal. A buddy of mine tired it earlier this year and the basket melted. Expanded metal is the way to go.
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Thanks for all the replies!
I will dig my welder out and find some expanded metal. And fab something decent up.
The only expanded metal I have found was a 4' x 5' sheet for 49.99 or 4' x 8' for 79.00 which would be way to much for just one.
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Been using one for over a year in my uds with no problems
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Thanks for all the replies!
I will dig my welder out and find some expanded metal. And fab something decent up.
The only expanded metal I have found was a 4' x 5' sheet for 49.99 or 4' x 8' for 79.00 which would be way to much for just one.
Wow, 42 here for a 4x8 sheet
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I have been using that basket in my UDS for a year also,no problems.You fry a turkey at 350-400 degrees with those baskets and don't hurt it.I think if you keep it in that temp range and lower you will be o.k.
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No need to use a welder, if you don't want to. Just wrap the expanded metal around the charcoal grate and use some washers and some screws to hold it together and some more screws to hold up the charcoal grate up about 2 to 3 inches. Mine is still going strong 5 years later and you can fit about 15-20 pounds of charcoal it.
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I think brother dkryzer may be right - I saw a recent post on a Canadian forum wher someone used that aluminum basket and it melted.
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if you can find a trailer builder, they use that stuff all the time. i got mine from an amish guy and he cut it to size for me. heck if you were close i would even help you build one!
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if you can find a trailer builder, they use that stuff all the time. i got mine from an amish guy and he cut it to size for me. heck if you were close i would even help you build one!
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Thank you for the offer! It would be fun!!
I have pretty much all the parts I need to make a UDS. My stumbling blocks right now are what type of basket, and what type of wheels to put on it or use a hand cart to move it.

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I would just as soon get the welder out if I make a basket. It kind of gives me some practice.
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