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Old 10-12-2007, 11:40 AM   #1
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Charcoal Basket Deminsions?

Hey guys I need to get way more burn time out of my cookers using charcoal. I'd like to burn all wood one day but I want to get this part figured out first.

My Peoria Custom Cookers offer one but I didn't get it when I bought the pit and they are so pricey. They want $95 for it and it looks small and without baffles.


Dave makes this one for $150 but that's not exactly what I had in mind.
http://www.bbqpits.com/new_models_co...l%20basket.JPG

Gator Pits makes one like this.
http://www.gatorpit.net/Charcoal_basket_4.JPG

This one by Partypits looks closer.
http://www.partygrills.com/Firebox.jpg

So I have a few welder buddies and they have collected my some steel and Expanded Stainless Steel and will weld me a basket.

I have a 2'x2'x2' Firbox witha grill grate height of about 7"

I was thinking of maybe 18" wide x 20" deep and maybe 10-14" tall. Also with staggered baffles of soild steal to wind the fire through basket.

That sound ok or do one of you boys have a drawing or layout you would suggest?

Thanks for any help guys.
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Old 10-12-2007, 12:15 PM   #2
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Will it hold an entire bag of charcoal ?
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Old 10-12-2007, 12:20 PM   #3
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Re: Charcoal Basket Deminsions?

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Originally Posted by Mike Hedrick
Hey guys I need to get way more burn time out of my cookers using charcoal. I'd like to burn all wood one day but I want to get this part figured out first.

My Peoria Custom Cookers offer one but I didn't get it when I bought the pit and they are so pricey. They want $95 for it and it looks small and without baffles.


Dave makes this one for $150 but that's not exactly what I had in mind.
http://www.bbqpits.com/new_models_co...l%20basket.JPG

Gator Pits makes one like this.
http://www.gatorpit.net/Charcoal_basket_4.JPG

This one by Partypits looks closer.
http://www.partygrills.com/Firebox.jpg

So I have a few welder buddies and they have collected my some steel and Expanded Stainless Steel and will weld me a basket.

I have a 2'x2'x2' Firbox witha grill grate height of about 7"

I was thinking of maybe 18" wide x 20" deep and maybe 10-14" tall. Also with staggered baffles of soild steal to wind the fire through basket.

That sound ok or do one of you boys have a drawing or layout you would suggest?

Thanks for any help guys.
peace

http://www.partygrills.com/Firebox.jpg
Mike I had a charcoal basket on my Gator Pit that was made by Gator Pit as well. It's basically as big as your firebox, with just enough room to get it in and out. I could get about a 6-7 hour burn out of a 20lb bag of Kingsford with it.
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Should I measure a bag. ok I just did and a kingsford bag is 2'x1'x6" so I think that is 3 cubic feet. So I would say my design so far would hold more than 1 bag and maybe 1.5 bags.

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Re: Charcoal Basket Deminsions?

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Mike I had a charcoal basket on my Gator Pit that was made by Gator Pit as well. It's basically as big as your firebox, with just enough room to get it in and out. I could get about a 6-7 hour burn out of a 20lb bag of Kingsford with it.
Like this one?
http://www.gatorpit.net/Charcoal_basket_4.JPG

How and where did you lite it?

7-8 burn time would be heaven. I get about 3 now if I'm lucky and have to wake up through the night and that's getting old trust me.

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Old 10-12-2007, 01:00 PM   #6
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What the heck we ain't building Monkeys here so I drew up what I'll have him build for me.

http://mikehedrick.com/bbq/charcoalbasketdrawing.jpg *

*These professional drawings may be used Royalty Free for your own personal use. lol

Thanks guys. I found some pictures and just designed my own.
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I don't know how well those dampers are going to work...the fire will probably jump over...
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Mike, I am getting ready to build one for Petunia. I have all the material and will build it so it just does fit into the fire box. After seeing Witts, it gave me the idea.
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Re: Charcoal Basket Deminsions?

[quote=Mike Hedrick][quote="Larry Wolfe":2sryi7wi]
Mike I had a charcoal basket on my Gator Pit that was made by Gator Pit as well. It's basically as big as your firebox, with just enough room to get it in and out. I could get about a 6-7 hour burn out of a 20lb bag of Kingsford with it.[/quote]

Like this one?
[url="http://www.gatorpit.net/Charcoal_basket_4.JPG"]http://www.gatorpit.net/Charcoal_basket_4.JPG[/url]

How and where did you lite it?

7-8 burn time would be heaven. I get about 3 now if I'm lucky and have to wake up through the night and that's getting old trust me.

Thanks guys[/quote:2sryi7wi]

Yes Mike, just like that. I will see if I can dig up the pic's. I started it in the center using the MM with about 15 lit coals.
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We have used a Metal Washing Machine tub that fits in my Klose Fire Box
I use a Cider Block to create a divider pour in a bag of charcoal
start the fire near the inlet for the main box The fire works its way around the "clock" We get a solid 5 to 6 hours off this on a already warm smoker
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