BBQ grate frames. Angle or square tube, whats your preference?

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BBQ grate frames. Angle or square tube, whats your preference?

Post by CanSmoke » December 6th, 2021, 1:45 pm

I want to finish my smoker over Christmas and I'm wondering what you guys prefer to use for your grate frames. What are your reasons for liking one over the other. My grates are going to be about 24x48.

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Re: BBQ grate frames. Angle or square tube, whats your preference?

Post by Dirtytires » December 6th, 2021, 2:45 pm

My grates are the same size and I used 1x1x0.125 angle and #12 flat expanded metal for the grate. I did not add any center bracing and they are plenty strong enough and do not flex any. The angle iron was positioned so the "flat" is on top so as not to have an edge on the grates and also to allow me to grab the bottom lip if needed to slide the shelf. Only other thing I might mention is that I put the expanded metal on the bottom side of the angle iron "flat" so that all the cut ends/ears from the expanded metal are hidden and do not need to be welded down and ground off. It looks a little cleaner as well.



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Post by tinspark » December 6th, 2021, 7:42 pm

Mine grates are a little larger on my GF x 5 grates, and I did not add a center brace either and it works fine. I also used 1x1x1/8" angle on mine. but I used 1/4x1 flat bar on the front edge. That way it gave me an extra 1" clearance (3/4" actually)/ plenty stiff especially once the #9 expanded metal was tac welded to the frames. 1/8" x 1 flat bar would have probably been fine. but I had teh thicker stuff laying around, so I used it..


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Post by CanSmoke » December 20th, 2021, 2:30 pm

Thanks a lot

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Post by hogaboomer » December 20th, 2021, 9:28 pm

1x1x1/8 angle here, too. I just finished up four of them today.:BDHorse:

24x48 is pretty long, you might need some reinforcing in there.

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Post by CanSmoke » December 20th, 2021, 9:51 pm

That looks grate

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Post by hogaboomer » December 20th, 2021, 10:20 pm

It better, I spent enough time on it. :headwall:


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