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Old 01-04-2012, 12:37 PM   #1
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I have a chance to get a fire basket made from 13 gauge steel. Is that considered strong enough for such use?
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Old 01-04-2012, 12:41 PM   #2
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Yes. Flat expanded steel is what most use. It is heavy.

I would build my next basket lower, like 8" to save weight.

I have never used more than 3 layers of Kingsford and that will outlast a 5 hour cook.
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Old 01-04-2012, 01:22 PM   #3
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Yes, this is (I'm told) 13 gauge expanded steel. Wasn't sure if that was too flimsy to stand up to the rigors or repeated fires even at lowish temps.
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Old 01-04-2012, 01:37 PM   #4
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Worse case scenario- you will have to replace it every few years.
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Old 01-04-2012, 01:43 PM   #5
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13 ga. is decent (.0937" thk.) should be fine for a long time.
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Old 01-04-2012, 02:08 PM   #6
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13 ga. is decent (.0937" thk.) should be fine for a long time.
Actually, 13 Gauge is .0897" thick. .0.0897897 .0897
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Old 01-04-2012, 02:13 PM   #7
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I made mine from 9 guage. Bending it into a circle was not fun.

I used a 5 pound hammer and wore heavy leather gloves to fight it into a loop.

The 9 guage is overkill. I made the base from a Weber charcoal grate, the brunt of the heat and wear are on the bottom, my fire never even touches the sides of the basket.

I am collecting parts for a new UDS build, 13 guage is what I want next time.
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Old 01-04-2012, 04:52 PM   #8
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My baskets are always made from 13 gauge and my oldest is 3 years old and still as good as new and I use my drum plenty.
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