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steel thickness on the firebox

Postby SITNFAT » Tue Dec 15, 2009 10:23 am

I can get several sheets of 3/16th inch steel for little or nothing is this thick enough for the fire box on a 250 gallon offset? I was also gonna use it for a warming box on the opposite end.
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Re: steel thickness on the firebox

Postby Pony Express » Tue Dec 15, 2009 10:54 am

will work fine for the warming box. Wont last long as a fire box
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Re: steel thickness on the firebox

Postby Bluz » Tue Dec 15, 2009 10:57 am

Definitley thick enough for the warming box, but not single layer on the firebox. Take and put double layer together for the firebox and you'll be perfect. Now if you got the material, you may want to think of building the firebox, double layered, with a 1" air gap between, to insulate it. I have this on my firebox and it makes all the difference as to the amount of wood it will consume for a cook, and when in tight areas the heat given off is much less when having to work next to it.
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Re: steel thickness on the firebox

Postby Pony Express » Tue Dec 15, 2009 11:00 am

but Bluz, you would still have 3/16 with a fire on it either way. I would still think that it will burn out too quick and then your burning into the insulated space. I have never done a insulated fire box so maybe there is a difference?
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Re: steel thickness on the firebox

Postby Big Ed » Tue Dec 15, 2009 11:11 am

You can always put an extra flat piece in the bottom to keep any hot coals from touching the real bottom.Plus you can slide it out for easy clean out.
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Re: steel thickness on the firebox

Postby Bluz » Tue Dec 15, 2009 1:38 pm

Your right Pony , didnt make myself very clear did I? I would def double the bottom plate.
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Re: steel thickness on the firebox

Postby Pony Express » Tue Dec 15, 2009 2:33 pm

Bluz wrote:Your right Pony , didnt make myself very clear did I? I would def double the bottom plate.


no, you were clear, I just didnt comprehend clearly! :oops:
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Re: steel thickness on the firebox

Postby stymie » Tue Dec 15, 2009 3:32 pm

double up on the bottom and then place a piece of catwalk material to burn wood on top of. This will go along way so as to not get burnout.
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