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Unread 03-11-2010, 10:23 AM   #1
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Default What size expanded metal for grates?

What size of expanded metal do you smoker builders use for the cooking grates? What size for the metal table or counter in front of the smoker? What size for the floor of the smoker trailer? What size for the storage boxes or wood boxes? Thank you
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I like to use 3/4 X 9 flat expanded for most things.
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I like to use 3/4 X 9 flat expanded for most things.
Thanks Hell Fire. I just thought that cookers used small hole expanded metal for table top and larger hole expanded metal for the cooking grates. Just using one size for everything would be easier. Thanks again
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Me too.... 3/4 x 9 Smooth. $2.00 per sq ft at the local shop.
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If there is a rock plant anywhere near you---go to the rock plant and tell them that you need some used "Shaker Screen" to build a BBQ. Most places will send you to there scrap pile for an old screen. Shaker screens are stronger and last longer than expanded metal. Shaker screens also do not warp as easy. Free is free---I sometimes take beer or BBQ to trade for shaker screens. Take a truck--most pieces are 8 feet x 4 feet.
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3/4 #9 is also what was recommended to me by a local steel supplier.
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