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Fire bucket and seafood grid

Clay QClay Q Posts: 4,435
edited 4:13AM in EggHead Forum
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<p />Gonna try out some new toys. The porcelain grid looks great for seafood and vege's. I made a fire bucket from a stainless bowl and installed two wire handles. I'll be giving this thing a workout to see if the advantages come out on top. The holes in the bucket correspond to the cast iron grate holes. Did a first time use last evening with pork steak and vege's. No noticable change in getting up to temp or cooking characteristics at 325 dome. This morning I lifted out the bucket and the pit was clean.
Eggor made a fire bucket. Anybody else have something like this?
Clay (two brain cells and a beer for thinking)


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This morning I found the lump had burned evenly so that's good.


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Nice and clean pit, ready to reload.


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Re-use this old lump, dumping the ash out, replace the fire bucket and build a new fire.


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Comments

  • Essex CountyEssex County Posts: 991
    ClayQ,
    It looks cool. So, the purpose of the bucket is to make cleanout and/or ash shakeout easier?
    Paul

  • ClayQ,
    I want one of the fire buckets

  • DarnocDarnoc Posts: 2,661
    Essex County,
    I think it would be cool if you had a bucket beneath the fire grate to just lift out ond dump out he ash.This is my next project and if I find a way to do it you will see it here first.The bucket is a good idea and I think Kamado has one for their cooker.But I think what most people object to is getting rid of the ash.

  • MemphisMemphis Posts: 144
    Darnoc,
    THis is a great idea. An easy way to dump the ash. I would think an old can or something cut down to size with an opening for the bottom draft. Looks like I have a weekend project !!!

  • JeevesJeeves Posts: 461
    Ok, after you have double checked and put the final touches on it, when will they be ready for sale? I'll be the first one on the backorder list![p]-Jeeves
    Austin

  • ranger rayranger ray Posts: 812
    Essex County,
    great idea! my cast iron grate is totally shot... i was going to use an old stainless frying pan to replace it.... i'm gonna try your firebucket idea to replace the grate//// do ya think it'll work? thanks! ray

  • tjvtjv Posts: 3,717
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    <p />ClayQ, ah dude, you'll dig the lump bucket. I've been using one for a long time. This is version 2 for me. With this one, the bge grate drops into the bucket and the spacing on the rings is tigther, approx. 1/2 on most of it. It holds lump well. [p]DSC_0072.jpg[p]You'll find cleaning the ash fast and super easy. With mine, lift out the bucket and the egg is empty, scoop out the ash, give the bucket a shake and return: total time about one minute which includes beer drinking. I use a single gang electrical box as an ash scoop. It's cheap and the perfect size, just need to snip off the tabs and if you like, stuff the inside with foil. [p]Didn't eggor make his lump bucket using a stainless colander. [p]100_0267.jpg[p]The only thing you'll find is the stainless can rust and pit. All I can figure is given the roller coaster ride in temperatures during a cook, the stainless can't keep or develop the protective coating. I'm guessing it will only last another 5-7 years.....LOL. [p]It's a great accessory.
    T

    www.ceramicgrillstore.com ACGP, Inc.
  • Clay QClay Q Posts: 4,435
    tjv,
    Hey your lump bucket looks well made. I don't have a the equipment to bend rod or weld stainless so used eggor's colander idea. Found my pail in the kitchen,...don't tell DianaQ.
    Well I hope the bucket can streamline fire maintenance for a while. I think mine will burn up long before yours, he he.
    Clay

  • Car Wash MikeCar Wash Mike Posts: 11,244
    ClayQ,
    That bucket would come in handy when having to cool and egg down quicker than normal. Thanks for the pic.[p]Mike

  • Clay QClay Q Posts: 4,435
    Essex County,
    Yes, a little easier. I noticed most of the ash stayed in the bucket so when I lift out the unused lump I'm also taking out the ash for easy removal.
    Clay

  • Clay QClay Q Posts: 4,435
    Car Wash Mike ,
    Eggcellent idea, my mini needs one. Off to the shop I go.
    Thanks Mike.

  • Clay QClay Q Posts: 4,435
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    <p />Darnoc,
    You mean something.....like this?

  • RichardRichard Posts: 698
    tjv,
    Tom, have you considered beneath the grate to make an oversized tuna can with a notch where the air enters the fire box and put some type of a handle on it. Then you could take your basket of coals out and then lift the ash can.

  • tjvtjv Posts: 3,717
    Richard, I'm not sure how cans or solid baskets in the firebox affect heat distribution within the firebox or lower part of the egg. I not so concerned about heat for cooking but thermal gradients within the ceramics themselves. I figure, the fireboxes already crack, no need to potentially add to an existing problem. Heck, but then maybe it would help, I just don't know. [p]When I built my lump bucket, I tried to replicate the BGE set-up as much as possible. My bucket has one ring that rests againsts the firebox, very similar to how the grate sits. The bucket doesn't weigh much, so not much worry there. [p]I understand the reasoning behind the tuna can, makes sense. I guess it comes down to personal preference: dumping one tuna can vs. scooping and dumping a gang box two or three times. Gotta love cool egg ideas.....T
    www.ceramicgrillstore.com ACGP, Inc.
  • DarnocDarnoc Posts: 2,661
    ClayQ,
    You hit the nail on the head.How can you make that with out welding equipment?I was trying to find some thing just like your photo that a dumb skull could modify to do the same thing.Do you think your idea fills the need or is just using a small plate to scoop it out just as effective?But I have to say that you beat me to the punch on my idea but if I can figure out how to do it so the average happy home owner can get the same results with things around the house,well that might be another issue.

  • Clay QClay Q Posts: 4,435
    Darnoc,
    A found object if often the quickest way of getting something you need. I'm thinking of a visit to Goodwill or Target/Wallmart type of store to find a stainless or aluminum pot that would fit under the grate. Cut it down and then cut a space for draft to flow in. Figure out a way to bolt a small handle inside for lifting out and your good to go. Tip; Measure the space under the grate, I think its something like 8.5" wide x 3.5" high and jot it down on paper. Take a tape ruler and your measurements to the store to check pots for the right size. No welding required.
    Good luck!
    Clay

  • Clay QClay Q Posts: 4,435
    ranger ray,
    Well it depends...if your cookin hot for pizza, a fire bucket (made from a thin stainless mixing bowl) will likely sag, twist and split without the grate for support. If you can make a HEAVY duty stainless fire bucket it could work fine without the grate.
    Good luck,
    Clay

  • NessmukNessmuk Posts: 251
    tjv,
    How do I buy one?

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