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TedW
03-13-2018, 09:56 AM
I'm going to have a griddle fabricated for my 007. Basically a 36" diameter disc of maybe 3/16" steel with D-Handles or cool touch etc.

I'll cut some maybe 1" holes around the perimeter. Might cut a couple sides back to allow more airflow

Any feedback on this madness?

pitbossJB
03-13-2018, 10:46 AM
That looks like a nice addition to the Swiss army cooker!

el luchador
03-13-2018, 11:16 AM
Do it all uds. I love it.

Why so thick on the material though. I would think 16 gauge or even thinner would work as well.

You can buy a drum lid for like 5 bucks, trim it a little ,scrape the paint off and voila! - griddle

ebijack
03-13-2018, 11:19 AM
Just a thought.
If you are going to have a disk cut. Why not have them lazer the holes too.
Not sure you need/want to go 36". The edges hanging over the sides will tend to cool the griddle as there will be very little if any heat. Just like the outer edges of your grate do not get as hot. And it is only 21.5"
The holes are going to allow grease to drip down. Possible fire hazard.

SmokerKing
03-13-2018, 11:23 AM
I would do a flat plate with a diameter that is about 2" less than that of the drum.
Then have a 1" high steel band welded around the perimeter.
No holes, fat or food will drip into the fire basket.

pitbossJB
03-13-2018, 11:33 AM
I think thick is good for heat retention. Are you thinking pizza or just as a griddle? Or both?

TedW
03-13-2018, 12:03 PM
Man! Great thoughts and questions.

- OK no holes

- I like thicker steel for heat. I love cast iron, etc.

- Size this so that there's a 1" gap all around (2" smaller diameter than the drum).

- Weld a 1" lip on this.

Sounds pretty good. I'm just thinking breakfast and smashburgers initially. Not pizza

jdefran
03-13-2018, 12:23 PM
How about a grease trough around the permimeter?

TedW
03-13-2018, 12:32 PM
jdefran- that's a good idea also. That takes this up a notch in complexity. The tool required for the trough. Hmmm

jdefran
03-13-2018, 12:41 PM
Might need to bend some angle iron with the same radius of the griddle. You will need to deduct the width of the angle iron from the radius of your disc.

This definitely increases the complexity of the project from a constructability perspective.

TedW
03-13-2018, 12:45 PM
Ah- The trough is the thickness of the griddle, then. Clever. If the angle iron could be bent.

My local welder may have access to a roller that could roll a trough around the edge, then weld the lip. Maybe

dwfisk
03-13-2018, 01:02 PM
Here is some info on my original prototype I made for my 26.75 OTG. It is 1/4 steel, works great. The prototype has evolved; Iíll see if I can find a photo or two.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=223529
Best of luck :thumb:

TedW
03-13-2018, 01:09 PM
That's quite the griddle, Dave!

SmokerKing
03-13-2018, 01:12 PM
Personally, I don't think you'll need a grease trough. I use a large Lodge skillet for pounds of bacon or a discada for fajitas when I need a"griddle". I've never needed to empty out the grease when using either.

TedW
03-13-2018, 01:21 PM
I think you're right on the grease trough. For now, anyway.

I'll be installing the griddle on these U-Bolts

I'm wondering about installing another set just below these existing U-Bolts, allowing me to place a 1/2 round piece of steel under the griddle. Gives me a hot side / cooler side?

ebijack
03-13-2018, 01:41 PM
Use 1 1/4" stainless bolts/nuts. Easier than "U" bolts. If they do not have 1 1/4". ( hard to find at HD) Get the 1 1/2" and place a nut up against the head of the bolt/screw to take up that extra length. 1/4X20X1.5"
Example
https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/922/QZ87SX.jpg (https://imageshack.com/i/pmQZ87SXj)

TedW
03-13-2018, 01:58 PM
Good idea, Dave. What do you think of the 1/2 round below to create a cooler side of the griddle?

SmokerKing
03-13-2018, 02:05 PM
I'm curious, if you're going to drill holes for bolts to support your grates, why don't you guys just bolt in 3) adjustable rails so you have various adjustments up and down the drum without having a bunch of bolts stickin out on the inside?

This picture shows them welded, but they have indents for machine screws. The supports can be cut down to about 2-3" inches.

https://imageshack.com/a/img46/9092/camo24.jpg

TedW
03-13-2018, 02:06 PM
:shock:

ebijack
03-13-2018, 02:28 PM
I'm curious, if you're going to drill holes for bolts to support your grates, why don't you guys just bolt in 3) adjustable rails so you have various adjustments up and down the drum without having a bunch of bolts stickin out on the inside?
Only bolt heads on the outside.
For me, I don't like to have to remove/install "rails" for grates. They would make multi level cooks a PIA. I could see the slots getting gunked up pretty heavily.

9 bolts, nuts. Done. 2 cooking grates, 1 drip pan grate. Grates come out, coal basket comes out. Nothing to remove/install. Both cooking grates have 6" height. 4" for the drip pan.

SmokerKing
03-13-2018, 02:39 PM
Only bolt heads on the outside.
For me, I don't like to have to remove/install "rails" for grates. They would make multi level cooks a PIA. I could see the slots getting gunked up pretty heavily.

9 bolts, nuts. Done. 2 cooking grates, 1 drip pan grate. Grates come out, coal basket comes out. Nothing to remove/install. Both cooking grates have 6" height. 4" for the drip pan.

Hmm, I been doing it for 8 years this way. Grates easy in easy out, nothing ever gunked up. My fire basket comes out the side. I guess that could be a PIA pulling the basket from the bottom up and out.

Too each their own

TedW
03-13-2018, 02:40 PM
Many good roads to Rome, it seems.

dwfisk
03-13-2018, 03:46 PM
Good idea, Dave. What do you think of the 1/2 round below to create a cooler side of the griddle?

I donít think you will need it but you can always add in he future.

TedW
03-13-2018, 03:50 PM
Try it out first. Groovy