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Where is a good place to buy expanded metal. I scoured my local Home Depot and could not find any. I asked the "helpful" employees, and I might have well been asking for the secret of life.

I am in the Housotn area.
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Where I live the yellow pages list it under Steel Distributors. We have full blown steel suppliers on 40+ acres, down to the little shop on the corner that is the size of a home lot. I buy mine at the little shop on the corner.
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Check with any welders in the area. They will usually cut it to whatever size you need for a small charge.
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Where is a good place to buy expanded metal. I scoured my local Home Depot and could not find any. I asked the "helpful" employees, and I might have well been asking for the secret of life.

I am in the Housotn area.
Look under "Steel Distributors" or "Steel Recycling" in the yellow pages. They will have a variety of sizes in either a raised or flat profile. You can choose between stainless and carbon steel. It will be cheaper if you buy a "drop" (which is a partial sheet, leftover from another order) rather than having them cut a piece for you to order.

These are both flat profile.

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The local metal distributor in my area lets me go back and pick out whatever "drops" or scrap I want. Then they set a price. Always cash. And always a very good deal.
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.... also, note thirdeye's pics ..... that is 'flattened' expanded steel. I live in a small town in southwestern Utah, and local welders have lots of different size expando, but none of the local stuff is 'flattened'. Cleaning my grates is a PITA and unless temps are right at removal time, stuff sticks.

Apologies if you already knew this.
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the expanded metal is ALWAYS hidden inthe home depots.

Find the isles where the work gloves, bungee cords etc.. in or around that isle, 1 or 2 up fom the lumber... There should be a small display with maybe a 4x4 foot footprint. It has steel rods, flats, angle iron in it, standing up. Directly above that display are 24x24" pieces of alminum, brass, decorative grate, AND......

Expanded steel... usually a flat white box with red or blue writing. Its always there cause no one else can find it either. :)
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Here's a link for manufacturers and distributors for expanded metals - ton's of sources... quality and patterns vary along with price so shop around... just close off to Texas to find the locals in your area as freight will be less for you.

http://www.thomasnet.com/nsearch.htm...ading=50550201

I'd recommend my company which is an industrial distributor, but we took it out of our offering a while back... I'm in the process of adding it back in to the next catalog... otherwise, check my competitors website... www.mcmaster.com and do a search for Expanded Metal... they have it.
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one note about HD expando is that it only comes in small pieces. Not enough to really do anything major with. i bought a couple of pieces through the fireplace store here to put in my fire box. one or two cooks later it was warped all to hell. of course i didnt reinforce it or make a basket or anything. i just laid it over a couple of fire bricks.
Recycling centers usually have a good source of expanded metal and pretty reasonable on the scraps.
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You can find expanded metal at ACE hardware stores pretty regularly. Last time I looked they had both 1/2" and 3/4" flattened stock in various sizes up to 24x24 and 18x30 inches. In the case that you need bigger pieces, a steel distributor is a better bet.
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the expanded metal is ALWAYS hidden inthe home depots.

Find the isles where the work gloves, bungee cords etc.. in or around that isle, 1 or 2 up fom the lumber... There should be a small display with maybe a 4x4 foot footprint. It has steel rods, flats, angle iron in it, standing up. Directly above that display are 24x24" pieces of alminum, brass, decorative grate, AND......

Expanded steel... usually a flat white box with red or blue writing. Its always there cause no one else can find it either. :)
I found some at HD, but like Phil said - it's hidden. Maybe ask the "helpful folks" where their sheet metal is, 'cause at my store they were together.
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The following is from KCquer:

"I susupect you've read this already but I'll mention it just in case, do not use galvanized metal in you smoker. Toxic fumes, zinc poisoning, just bad news, don't use it."
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the expanded metal is ALWAYS hidden inthe home depots.

Find the isles where the work gloves, bungee cords etc.. in or around that isle, 1 or 2 up fom the lumber... There should be a small display with maybe a 4x4 foot footprint. It has steel rods, flats, angle iron in it, standing up. Directly above that display are 24x24" pieces of alminum, brass, decorative grate, AND......

Expanded steel... usually a flat white box with red or blue writing. Its always there cause no one else can find it either. :)
Ok, Phil. Your knowledge of Home Depot is scaring me.

Just walked into the little Home Depot below my office in Manhattan (that barely carries lumber, mind you) and 3 minutes later I find 3/4x24x24" expanded steel above the rods, etc.

Now I guess I'll go build me another charcoal basket or something.
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After going thru about 4 pieces of the HD expanded metal as my fire grate, I am looking for something heavier gauge so that perhaps it won't warp quite so quickly. After going to the links that Vinny provided, I think I am more confused than ever about this stuff. When the measurement is in gauge, is that thicker than when give as decimal point?


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