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  • SchweinStein
    Club Member
    • Mar 2021
    • 34
    • Spokane, WA

    SNS XL Idea

    I think a great addition to any SNS but especially the SNS XL would be a removable divider for the charcoal basket area. It would be a removable metal fin that you could use to divide the charcoal side in two. There are many times where I am only cooking a steak or two on my 26 and would love to use only a half chimney. In fact, I have used only a half chimney but the volume of the SNS XL makes the charcoal settle closer to the bottom. It is hard to keep the charcoal packed to one side. I like to have the super hot coals as close to the grill grates as possible. Does anyone else think this would be a good idea? Seems like it would be an inexpensive accessory to make. I'm thinking about fabricating one myself to test.
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  • Huskee
    • May 2014
    • 15541
    • central MI, USA
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    I hear what you're saying. I tend to stack mine carefully when doing a partial load. I have used a folded wad of foil before as a ledge, you could always do that.


    • Troutman
      Club Member
      • Aug 2017
      • 7965
      • 1521




        SOUS VIDE


      Not a bad idea but like Huskee I just jamb a flat ceramic piece from an old clay pot in there as a hack. It would be nice to have a removable piece of gauge metal but not something I'd use that often.


      • Attjack
        Club Member
        • Aug 2017
        • 4727
        • Primo XL
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        Good idea. Another good idea is to use bricks either in place of a SnS or a brick in your XL SnS to divide as you wish.


        • SchweinStein
          Club Member
          • Mar 2021
          • 34
          • Spokane, WA

          I'm all for home made solutions and will try something like that for now. I personally don't like to stack when searing/grilling. I think the randomness of the charcoal creates better airflow and hotter temps.

          To me the SNS is a really nice looking piece of gear, so I would be interested in a nice attractive stainless that matches the SNS and still allows good airflow. If SNS offered a divider like this I'd pony up $20-30.


          • HawkerXP
            Club Member
            • Jul 2016
            • 6545
            • Virginia
            • 2 Weber Performers, 1 kettle, 1 Smoky Joe and a PBC
              Dot and Chef Alarm with probes
              Slo n Sear
              Cold beer

            It sounds like you need a 22" kettle or maybe a Smokey Joe!


            • Attjack
              Attjack commented
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              The struggle is real!

            • SchweinStein
              SchweinStein commented
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              haha - I've got both already! 26" is my daily driver.
          • Clark
            Club Member
            • Mar 2020
            • 324
            • Broken Arrow, OK.

            Just go to the wife's china cabinet and grab an old saucer or something else that never gets used. It should work.....once.


            • David Parrish
              Founding Member - Pit Boss Emeritus
              • May 2014
              • 4906
              • Charlotte, NC

              That piece of metal would get super hot, and you know someone would pick it up with their bare hand. Cause, they just would. lol


              • SchweinStein
                SchweinStein commented
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                "you never told me the metal would get hot!"
            • JeffJ
              Charter Member
              • Feb 2015
              • 2488
              • Michigan
              • Jeff

              It's not a bad idea. However, you can achieve comparable results by carefully pouring into one side of the SnS and then use a pair of tongs or some other object to push the charcoal to one side of the basket to create a nice tight fire on one side. When I build partials it's never the exact same amount and given that the SnS has a constantly variable radius a metal divider would have to go right in the middle. Sometimes, I want 3/4 chimney....it all depends on what I'm cooking and what size fire I am looking for.


              • FireMan
                Charter Member
                • Jul 2015
                • 8513
                • Bottom of Winnebago

                I just tell my bricks, “Stay”! & they do, most of the time. Sometimes they get a little rowdy.


                • WillieMac
                  Club Member
                  • Apr 2021
                  • 8
                  • New Castle, DE

                  I bought the SNS XL and in my initial two weeks of grilling am still overloading it and getting WAY too much heat no matter now small I set the vents. Yeah, I'm a blockhead. Will try the ceramic/brick hacks. At the same time, my 26" Weber came with two small SNS-like baskets. Ever use those? Might work well for a couple of steaks if you don't want to fool with a hack. Or a welding torch


                  • HawkerXP
                    HawkerXP commented
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                    I use those Weber baskets when I don't need a full SnS or need heat in two zones.



                2021 Meat-Up In Memphis Canceled - Rescheduled for March 2022

                We've unfortunately had to cancel the 2021 Meat-Up in Memphis. We are rescheduling for March 18-20, 2022. More details and re-booking info coming soon! For now click here for more info.
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