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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25 12 10:50 pm    Post subject: steel buying question: grate construction Reply with quote

for grates constructed of angle iron and expanded metal...what size angle do I order? (using expanded metal 3/4 #9 flat)

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26 12 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most use 1x1 angle 1/4" thick I believe. Personally I use 1x1 14 ga square tube.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26 12 3:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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using 1x1x.250 is overkill I would use 1x1x.125 thats plenty strong.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26 12 4:08 am    Post subject: Grate Reply with quote

It depends on the dimensions of the grate. I ordered the steel for my grates this morning. I went with 1 1/4" x 1 1/4" x 1/8" as rack will be 700mm x 700mm for my vertical smoker.
You load it up with 3 big pork legs at 14kg each, that is 42 kg trying to bend it.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26 12 4:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rocam69 wrote:
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using 1x1x.250 is overkill I would use 1x1x.125 thats plenty strong.

Personally I like overkill especially on grates over 24" wide. On grates 24" wide and narrower I will use 1" x 1" x .125 over that and they get 1" x 1" x .250. The grates do not distort as bad in my opinion.
Not much heavier and nice and straight. Very Happy



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26 12 4:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rocam69 wrote:
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using 1x1x.250 is overkill I would use 1x1x.125 thats plenty strong.


I personally use 1" square tubing, but I am a firm believer in overkill, but thats why the cookers I build will outlast anyone that I built it for. Its not much more money to go with 1/4" over 1/8" and in the end, the finished product is built to last and to last a lifetime. Also, if you happen to be running tuning plates, the 1/4" 1x1 angle is used for the rails the plates sit on, also the 1/4" 1x1 angle can be used for the front shelf on the cooker as well. Why buy 2 different thicknesses of material if you dont have to?


1x1 1/4" angle for tuning plate rails.


1/4" angle for front shelf on the cooker.


Square Tube grates. 1x1x14ga


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26 12 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the input everybody, i appreciate it...called the steel guy earlier today and he starts asking me what size angle (?) ...i had no idea there were so many choices. I like overkill so I will choose the thicker one. I like keeping things simple too, will use the same angle for rack slides and to make the grates.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26 12 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm with Troy on the square tubing. I just like the look. On large grates I've been using 1-1/4 x 1-1/4 x 14 ga.
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