Ok guys, I've been thinking about getting a swing grate for the past week but I'm a DIY kinda guy, so I decided to build my own adjustable height, 2/3 tier swing grate using easy to find parts from Home Depot & Grainger. You can even pickup a Needle Bearing at your local autoparts store if you don't have a Grainger outlet near you.
I have about $20 into this rig and so far it's been working great. It can even be used with a plate setter for long smokes. This weekend I'll add a 3rd grate 2.5" under the top grate, so I'll be able to do 2 racks of wings and spatchcock chicken on the bottom. I like this rig because it's super adjustable! Just before throwing the meat on, I can adjust the height of each grate independently or even add a 3rd swing grate to hold a drip pan under the top rack, that way I don't have to worry about the juices from my pork falling on the Brisket below. The 1/2" rod is very sturdy, so it's not going to bend if you put a whole chicken on top. You do however need to trim 2-3" off the rod because at 12", it's extended to far into the firebox area.
Here are the parts list & photos..
1- Weber Kettle grate- 13.5" (007924074059) $8.99
1- Threaded rod- 12" long, 1/2" diameter (030699170401) $1.57
5- 1/2" Cut washers $.20 ea
4- 1/2" Hex nuts with same thread count as rod (#13 thread) $0.20eaGrainger:
1- Needle Bearing, 1/2" bore (part# 4XFN2) $3.49
The top grate is barely sagging with this 4lb carton of juice
The height of each grate can be adjusted to whatever you're cooking. Notice the lone nut? Well that's where I'll be adding the 3rd grate to do wings or to hold a drip pan for meats that's placed on top.
Remember, I'm not a professional! I'm just a mad scientist that love BBQ
& Drag Racing, so if you decided to make this rig, you'll be doing it at your own risk. Happy Egging!