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Old 04-26-2006, 07:51 AM   #1
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Well the boys at work finished my charcoal basket for Buford. They made it industrial strength. The basket is 16x16x10 made out of 2in wide SS angle, and the expanded metals is bolted to the frame with SS washer ,nuts and bolts. It probably weighs close to 50 lbs. The are trying to track down some SS expanded metal so that I’ll never have to mess with it again. Buford’s firebox is 20x20 and I had them make the box 16x16 so that in the warm Buffalo winters when I plan on lining the firebox with ½ firebricks I will still have enough room for air flow. If anyone use’s a charcoal box I would like to get some feedback in regards to the best way of loading it. Can I use lump in the box or am I better off with bricks? Thanks in advance
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Old 04-26-2006, 08:04 AM   #2
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I used a charcoal basket in my Gator a couple times and it worked fine. Just load it up with your choice of coals and wood chunks and use about 10 lit coals on top. Adjust your intakes once the temps get around 200* if you plan on cooking in the 250* range, sooner if you prefer lower temps. I could get an un-attended burn time of about 5.5 hours using this method.
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Old 04-26-2006, 08:08 AM   #3
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Larry do I have to form a bowl with the charcoal on top (the unlit?) for the lit charcoal?
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Larry do I have to form a bowl with the charcoal on top (the unlit?) for the lit charcoal?
You don't have to, but I did form a "bowl" on my Gator and I do the same on my WSM's as well. Seems to get a more uniform, constant burn than just pouring them all over.
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Old 04-29-2006, 11:03 AM   #5
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Today's my first cook with the basket. It's working pretty good so far.
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Pardon my ignorance, but what is the purpose of a charcoal basket? Is the benefit of having one worth the extra work involved in making one? Can you buy them at Home Depot?
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Pardon my ignorance, but what is the purpose of a charcoal basket? Is the benefit of having one worth the extra work involved in making one? Can you buy them at Home Depot?
Luv2fish,
The basket gets you longer burn times without having to babysit the fire.
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Old 04-30-2006, 10:29 AM   #8
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Well the new basket worked pretty good yesterday. It took 20lbs of Bricks to fill the basket half way. I was real busy doing stuff around the house so I didn’t have the time to make adjustments to the pit like I normally would. Once I got the temp dialed in it stayed pretty constant for me. Next time I’m going to try it with lump, the only adjustment I might make to the basket is to put a bigger weave of expanded metal on the bottom of the basket. It will take some more experimentation before I feel comfortable leaving it unattended for a longer period of time.
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I use a basket with my Lang pit. Here are some pictures and how I use it. I like to use a charcoal that has a lot of ash.

http://www.lostnationvt.com/cooker_03.htm

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Old 04-30-2006, 12:15 PM   #10
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Thanks for the info and nice pit.
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