View Full Version : Can you run a fire in a offset without firebox grate?

07-02-2015, 03:46 PM
My firebox grate has a big hole in I was trying to see if you can run a fire in the firebox without a grate

07-02-2015, 03:49 PM
Yes, lots of folks do. Or you could go to the hardware store and get some expanded metal to cover the hole

07-02-2015, 03:49 PM
Sure, just take a look at Franklin as one example; apparently never uses a grate and he seems to be pretty successful. That said, I do think some kinde of grate or rack helps the fire breath better so I'm a fan on using one.

smoke ninja
07-02-2015, 03:55 PM
I tried that in my smaller offset. I was losing embers through my grate and wanted to see if it would keep the coal bed more in tact. After a test i determined expanded metal is,the way to go. A larger pit it may be fine but on my ok joe longhorn any gain was lost due to ash build up. It can be done but if your not running something large id go pick up some expanded metal when you can.

07-02-2015, 03:59 PM
Smashed beer can grate??

Papa Q
07-02-2015, 06:21 PM
You really need air to come up underneath the coals to get a clean and efficient burn.

07-02-2015, 07:11 PM
cheap & easy 3/8 re bar cut it and lay it in the FB to make a rack.

07-02-2015, 07:27 PM
A roast rack works too. You can bend some cheap expanded metal over it to hold smaller coals. In mine I rarely use briquets to build the base as they ash too much. Use lump or just get some smaller wood chunks going.