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Will this do as a smoker grate?

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  • holehogg
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    • Nov 2017
    • 2227
    • Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    Will this do as a smoker grate?

    I bake pies in my smoker and was chatting with the guy who supplies me with the pies, he showed me the grates he uses in his oven and has more than he needs and said I could buy some of the excess he has.
    I was wondering if they will work for smoking in place of my expanded metal grates. The perforated holes are 2mm in diameter (5/64") and looked like its Teflon coated. This is a partial photo of what it looks like.

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  • RonB
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    • Apr 2016
    • 12529
    • Near Richmond VA
    • Weber Performer Deluxe
      Pizza insert
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      lots of probes.

    It should work, but will probably discolor. I would not expose to direct heat or high temps - especially if Teflon coated. And be careful cleaning it. Whatever the coating is probably won't stand up to wire brushes.

    There may be a potential with it out-gassing harmful stuff, but that should be OK with a smoker used outdoors.


    • holehogg
      holehogg commented
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      The guy cleans his with a plastic bristle brush and everything just falls off, but that's pie pastry and some spillage from a pie or 2. Says it cleans very easily. I am only assuming its coated with Teflon it may be something else. Will investigate further.

    • Bob's BBQ
      Bob's BBQ commented
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      Most Teflon is rated for a little over 500 degrees. Should be O.K. in a smoker.
  • Frozen Smoke
    Club Member
    • Nov 2017
    • 1528
    • Northern Mn

    I agree with RonB on the drawbacks. I could see using them for certain items like veggies or shrimp that you don't want falling through your grates but I'm not so sure about every day useage.


    • holehogg
      holehogg commented
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      I hear you. They are fairly expensive and don't just want to purchase if the only use does not include meat cuts.
  • Spinaker
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    I think they will standup to the heat, if he is using them in an oven. So, no issue there. The issue I see is those small holes that may get plugged up by the moisture and fat in the smoking chamber. The inside of a smoker is a bit messy when compared to a regular oven.


    • holehogg
      holehogg commented
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      That was my concern given the size of the holes and how the fats etc would affect airflow.

    • Spinaker
      Spinaker commented
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      I think if you put the meat on one side and keep the others clean, it will be okay, But I would opt for larger holes in the grate. holehogg

    • Henrik
      Henrik commented
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      Yep, I'm with Spinaker, get sheet metal with larger diameter holes.
  • jfmorris
    Club Member
    • Nov 2017
    • 2929
    • Huntsville, Alabama
    • Jim Morris

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    Personally, for smoking meat I would stay with the expanded metal grates - these seem like too little of the bottom side of whatever meat you are smoking will get exposed to smoke, versus just being up against metal, in comparison to the expanded metal.


    • holehogg
      holehogg commented
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      Good point Sir.

    • jfmorris
      jfmorris commented
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      holehogg this is something I notice even with a kettle wire grate or expanded metal on my smoker - you end up with the bar or diamond pattern on one side of whatever you smoke. It's led me to sometimes flip items like Boston Butts halfway through the cook just to even up the bark. I don't always though, but picture bark formation on the bottom side being really bad with a grate like you show.

    • holehogg
      holehogg commented
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      I'm with you on that. We dont have all the fancy goods available like grill grates for example and I'm always on the look out for something to improvise wherever possible. Maybe not a bad thing because I might be out of pocket by now. I usually just go ahead and buy something hoping it might do a job and end up being disappointed. Now I get to bounce it off you guys and get good advice. Thanks.
  • Santamarina
    Club Member
    • Aug 2018
    • 695
    • Wildomar, CA

    I’m not a fan of Teflon - even in low heat situations. I prefer to cook without the fear of chemicals leaching into my food.


    • texastweeter
      Club Member
      • Jul 2017
      • 2880
      • Republic of Texas

      Bark would suffer, and i think it would clog, as well as restrict airflow too mucho an a vert smoker.


      • holehogg
        holehogg commented
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        Thanks for confirming my fears.

      • holehogg
        holehogg commented
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        texastweeter my meat is all in the stall and I want to hold in cambro for min 1 hour. Will be serving around 8pm. I was thinking of cranking the heat from 240 to around 300 at around 4pm to speed things up. Good idea?

      • texastweeter
        texastweeter commented
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        holehogg is it crutched? If so, yeah, I many times raise it to around 275°. Remember that if you do, the hold is even more critical, as the rendering of connective tissue is about time at temp as much as it is about HITTING temp.



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