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Charcoal Basket For Lang 36

For my style of Lang 36 cooking (lump charcoal and wood), a charcoal basket is essential. With the basket, the charcoal is contained and not falling all over the fire box grate. More importantly, the basket almost doubles my burn time.

Custom made baskets are not cheap. The one I considered buying (www.yokeup.net) was priced at $129.00 plus shipping. Their larger model, for bigger Langís, is priced at $149.00 plus shipping. I built my first basket using a sheet of 24X24 expanded metal, which I bent and bolted together. It worked well, BUT then I saw the basket built by BBQ BANDIT. I wanted to build one like his but I donít own a welder and a fabricator is too expensive so I had to come up with another build method.

To build the pictured charcoal basket, all you need is a hacksaw to cut the angle iron, a saber saw to cut the expanded metal (a die grinder would work better but I donít own one), some nuts & bolts, a sheet of 24X24 expanded metal from Home Depot and 1.25Ē X 1.25Ē angle iron (Ace Hardware). If you want to add a bottom, which I did, then unfortunately youíll need 2 sheets of expanded metal. Youíll have some left over which you can use if anything burns out.

Build time is about 1 hour Ė itíll take you longer to gather the parts than it takes to build the basket!! Measure CAREFULLY - I did not and had to disassemble, re-cut and re-build. The cost of material is in the low $50.00 range. Obviously, the most expensive piece, which drives up the cost, is the expanded metal (Home Depot - $20.00 per sheet).

Two pitmasterís I compete against in my community saw my basket and wanted one for their Bayou Classic and Oklahoma Joe Longhorn. I knocked them out in 30 minutes each Ė I might need to buy a die grinder if this keeps up!!
choclit1967

How much 2 build & ship to Ft Smith, Arkansas, I have the 36 Hybrid Delux??
Wood River BBQ Team

choclit1967: It would be difficult for a builder to make any money on these baskets Ė the parts alone are over $50 and I have no idea what packing and shipping would be and then a mate would have to make a small profit for his time. Itís not worth it.

On the other hand, if a pitmaster can manage to open the lid of his smoker he can make this basket, thatís how simple it is. When I decided I wanted a basket, I search the web for home made baskets and there were a few but they seemed complicated to build. I saw one that required minimal cuts and a small amount of bending but it looked crappy after I built it Ė but it worked.  Then I saw the basket built by BBQ BANDIT, which made my original basket look worse.

My basket is very simple to build. You donít need a sabre saw or a die grinder, even though they make the job easier Ė you could build the whole thing with a hack saw. The main consideration is the door opening. I first built a wood mock-up using cheap wood to check the fit but failed to take into consideration the bolt heads holding it together so I had to take it apart and re-cut and re-assemble. Next, I didnít like the front piece Ė it was too high so I had to do it again. These are the problems one runs into when youíre building something in your head.

The unit is 12.75Ē wide to compensate for the bolt heads but Iíd go 12.50Ē because I have to wiggle it a bit to get it in & out and I wasnít about to re-cut this thing again. Itís 7.50Ē high on 3 sides and the front piece is 4.25Ē high. Itís 15.25í deep. I made it so it fits inside the fire grate. The advantage of bolting the expanded metal as opposed to welding is if anything burns out itís easy to replace.

Build the frame first and make sure it fits and then cut the expanded metal.

Give it a try or have a friend whoís handy with tools build it for you but donít show it to your cooking buddies or you end up building units for them!!! If anyone has any question please fire away.
SilverSmoker57

Charcoal basket

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General speaking how long does your charcoal last in the basket before you have to add more?
DBA1954

I cooked for the first time with a charcoal basket yesterday. The basket has the effect of keeping the fire in the center of the fire box. I found it very easy to control the temps using it. My other smokes (only owned the 36 for a few weeks) had the fire more toward the very back of the box and I found it hard to control the temps (and found the temps higher on the firebox side). Looking at the smoker the back of the fire box is directly under a portion of the cooking area. This might be why i found it hotter on the firebox side of the smoker and harder to control temps (hard to get low temps) when the fire was in the back of the box?  I'm sold on the basket now ...
Wood River BBQ Team

silversmoker57: Last Sunday, I cooked a turkey. I strted the fire at 12:00 with the basket about 1/2 full with lump. I started the cook at 12:30 and added some apple chunks at about 1:15 and 1:45. At 2:15 I had to add some lump. Through out the cook the Lang maintained 295F to 300F except when it dipped to 288F just before I had to add the lump. So to answer your question I got about 2 hours out of that 1/2 basket.
DocBBQ

Re: Charcoal Basket For Lang 36

Wood River BBQ Team wrote:
For my style of Lang 36 cooking (lump charcoal and wood), a charcoal basket is essential. With the basket, the charcoal is contained and not falling all over the fire box grate. More importantly, the basket almost doubles my burn time.

Custom made baskets are not cheap. The one I considered buying (www.yokeup.net) was priced at $129.00 plus shipping. Their larger model, for bigger Langís, is priced at $149.00 plus shipping. I built my first basket using a sheet of 24X24 expanded metal, which I bent and bolted together. It worked well, BUT then I saw the basket built by BBQ BANDIT. I wanted to build one like his but I donít own a welder and a fabricator is too expensive so I had to come up with another build method.

To build the pictured charcoal basket, all you need is a hacksaw to cut the angle iron, a saber saw to cut the expanded metal (a die grinder would work better but I donít own one), some nuts & bolts, a sheet of 24X24 expanded metal from Home Depot and 1.25Ē X 1.25Ē angle iron (Ace Hardware). If you want to add a bottom, which I did, then unfortunately youíll need 2 sheets of expanded metal. Youíll have some left over which you can use if anything burns out.

Build time is about 1 hour Ė itíll take you longer to gather the parts than it takes to build the basket!! Measure CAREFULLY - I did not and had to disassemble, re-cut and re-build. The cost of material is in the low $50.00 range. Obviously, the most expensive piece, which drives up the cost, is the expanded metal (Home Depot - $20.00 per sheet).

Two pitmasterís I compete against in my community saw my basket and wanted one for their Bayou Classic and Oklahoma Joe Longhorn. I knocked them out in 30 minutes each Ė I might need to buy a die grinder if this keeps up!!


Can you or someone else post a pic of BBQ BANDITS charcoal basket?
Wood River BBQ Team

Re: Charcoal Basket For Lang 36

Can you or someone else post a pic of BBQ BANDITS charcoal basket?[/quote]

Go to "show Us Your Pictures" and click on "fire box modification Lang 84". I built my baskit using his design as my model except his is welded together. i don't have access to welding equipment.
DocBBQ

Re: Charcoal Basket For Lang 36

Go to "show Us Your Pictures" and click on "fire box modification Lang 84". I built my baskit using his design as my model except his is welded together. i don't have access to welding equipment.[/quote]

Wow,
That is great idea. Unfortunately I don't have the skill set to something like that. Very impressive. Thanks for the info
Wood River BBQ Team

All you need is a hacksaw and nuts & bolts and you can build a baskit like mine. It's identical to Bandit's except his is welded together.

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