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brotherbd 03-15-2010 11:34 AM

Where to get Expanded Steel in DFW
 
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Originally Posted by Sub (Post 1215609)
i've gone through hundreds of posts this weekend and purchased everything I need except the expanded metal for the charcoal basket.

Can anyone tell me where I may be able to locate some expanded metal? I tried Home Depot and they didn't have any, I called a local machine shop in Dallas and they were going to charge me $74 for a sheet that is 8" by 44", which seemed a bit high to me.

Another question just came up, if I were to purchase a barrel with a teflon coated inside, would I need to burn out the teflon or could I use some sort of cleaner? Assuming of course it would be safe to cook/eat from after cleaning out the inside.

Any opinions/recommendations would be appreciated

Got my expanded steel from metal supremarket in Ft. Worth, I had tried in dallas but Their shear had just gone down. Luckily I had to go to Ft. Worth that day anyway.

I was buying a 1/2 so I got to specify which way I wanted the opening oriented (which is with the length if you are telling them what you want).

I got 6 pcs of 8x48 9ga HRS Expanded for $6 each and 6 pca of 1/2 square tubing I'm gonna try to make T-bar handles for the baskets.

I know you could just get 1 piece if that's all you want, but you may not be able to ask for orientation. IMOHO you should get the half sheet and get it exactly the way you want. You will also have more expando ready for the other cookers you will be making for friends and relatives once they taste your 'Q. :biggrin1:

pm me if you want more advice or help, I live in Irving, TX and already went through the search process here in the DFW area.

I'm currently working on my first two UDS drums my self. One for me and one for my son-in-law. I was given ten open top drums (some with dirt, some with cutting mud and water from a soil sample dona at a local strip mall) that I aam using to make my UDS smokers. I plan on using a couple to make high tops or also expansion rings to give more cook area without using a Dome cooker lid.

I also am getting a new neighbor who has access to tons of drums through their family countertop business. Some have had glue, don't want those, but a lot more have had onl thinner in them and they will work great for future builds.:becky:

wayner123 03-15-2010 12:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Smoothsmoke (Post 1215675)
12 x 48 is the size needed for a 55 gallon?

Yes, I have found 48" fits nicely around a 22.5" weber charcoal grate. Norco even recommends this length. The 12" can be wrapped around the grate and leave 3" below and 9" on top to make a sort of support to raise it off the bottom.

NoviceBBQmovinUp 03-15-2010 05:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Rodney (Post 1215644)
Here are two places to get it online:

https://www.metalsupermarkets.com/ca...ductID=EXC349F

These guys will cut it to shape for you, but keep in mind that you can't specify in which direction you want it cut, i.e. with the long axis of the diamond shapes aligned with the length of the sheet vs. across the sheet. Maybe you can call them up and specify that...

-Rodney

Not going to say you are wrong. However, i just picked up expanded metal from them in the phoenix area. When i called to put in the order he asked me before i could ask him which way i wanted it cut.

Oh by the way to the guy who was asking how much it might cost, i paid $12 bucks for mine (9X45)

Nugget 03-15-2010 05:55 PM

Hey My first Post on here

we have started building our First UDS

i had 2 drums both with rust out bottom in them lucky i have a mate who is a chassis builder so i got him to cut them in half with a plasma cutter and make one good drum

my first question is

ive put 2 burns on the drum but up on the top 1/3 of the drum i cant seem to burn the linning out of it

would i have to go at it with a grinder and wire wheel to get it all out


thanks luke

h20loo 03-15-2010 06:19 PM

make a good fire and lay it down! roll it!

Nugget 03-15-2010 06:36 PM

thanks mate

ill give that a go tonight

the wife is going to murder me if i keep burning the green

h20loo 03-15-2010 07:18 PM

It'll come back thicker and healthier. Make sure you do the whole lawn.

NoviceBBQmovinUp 03-16-2010 05:59 PM

New to the forum and i am biulding my first UDS this weekend. Quick rundown on my situation

My HOA and the Fire Department said "No way" to the burnout question. HOA also said i will get fined. So i want to get it sandblasted.

Called 8 places to get an idea on what i might pay.

4 places quoted me 40 bucks.
3 places quoted me 50 bucks
1 place quoted me 15 bucks!!!

This seems so low that i am almost skeptical. why is this guy so low. So, my question is to those of you who might know a little bit about sandblasting. If i do take it to this guy is there a way he can jack something up? This just seems to good to be true compared to the other quotes. i think i just need peace of mind from the Brethern:becky:

Rodney 03-16-2010 06:28 PM

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Originally Posted by NoviceBBQmovinUp (Post 1217270)
New to the forum and i am biulding my first UDS this weekend. Quick rundown on my situation

My HOA and the Fire Department said "No way" to the burnout question. HOA also said i will get fined. So i want to get it sandblasted.

Called 8 places to get an idea on what i might pay.

4 places quoted me 40 bucks.
3 places quoted me 50 bucks
1 place quoted me 15 bucks!!!

This seems so low that i am almost skeptical. why is this guy so low. So, my question is to those of you who might know a little bit about sandblasting. If i do take it to this guy is there a way he can jack something up? This just seems to good to be true compared to the other quotes. i think i just need peace of mind from the Brethern:becky:

Are you just getting the inside done? I'd be sure to tell him that he's sandblasting 23 square feet of painted surface, down to bare steel. If he'll still do it, cool... maybe he just undervalues his time. I dunno though... the people I talked to were saying about $35 inside and out (46 square feet), so that's not too far off...

-Rodney

Boshizzle 03-16-2010 07:43 PM

I finally got to do the first seasoning burn of my new UDS. Here are some pics.

Ready for seasoning

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/pi...pictureid=2066

Vent Wide Open - It has been holding around 400 for about 3 hours.

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/pi...pictureid=2063

I used SS hinges to hold the grates so that I could fold them up out of position when removing the ash pan and the lower grate.

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/pi...pictureid=2064

Here is a pic of it with the Big Lots Grill lid. A little work is needed for a more smoke tight fit.

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/pi...pictureid=2062

Here is the charcoal basket sitting on an 18" anodized aluminum pizza pan used as the ash pan.

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/pi...pictureid=2061

HeSmellsLikeSmoke 03-16-2010 07:50 PM

Very nice build Boshizzle. You are gonna love the BGE draft door. I like the SS hinge grate support idea.

Be sure to post the pics over in the Ugly Drum Smoker Picture Gallery thread.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...hlight=gallery

iSmoke 03-16-2010 09:23 PM

Can you tell me what type of business sells the steel grating used in the charcoal basket? Not sure where to buy it. I'm in central NJ. Thanks.

NASCARican 03-16-2010 09:29 PM

Cool idea with the hinges...very creative!!

sdb25 03-16-2010 09:35 PM

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Originally Posted by iSmoke (Post 1217488)
Can you tell me what type of business sells the steel grating used in the charcoal basket? Not sure where to buy it. I'm in central NJ. Thanks.

Lowes or Home Depot. Look in the area where they carry steel bar stock.

Rodney 03-16-2010 10:14 PM

Re: Ugly Drum Smoker
 
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Originally Posted by iSmoke
Can you tell me what type of business sells the steel grating used in the charcoal basket? Not sure where to buy it. I'm in central NJ. Thanks.

There are a couple sources mentioned within the last 10 messages in this thread, if you're interested in buying online.

Also, as was just mentioned here, they sell a 24" square of 3/4" expando at Home Depot for about $19. I went and checked it out, and it's only .070" thick (13 gauge). I imagine it'd last a while though. I like the way Boshizzle folded his up, and it looks like 13 gauge stuff (right Boshizzle?). It seemed thin enough to cut with large tin snips and bend by hand (with gloves).


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