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I saw in another thread someone using a charcoal grate for a 22" Weber to raise the fire closer to the grid for searing steaks and burgers and thelike. great idea but it made me wonder about the charcoal basket that Chargriller offers for the Akorn which can be raised and lowered.

 

Anyone tried that basket on their Akorn?

 

Seems like it could do the same sort of thing--bring the fire closer to the food.

 

And, it might prove useful in other circumstances--similar to a KAB allowing easy disposal of ash,  as well as a quick and easy removal of a load of charcoal from the firebox when you were wanting to cold smoke cheese, for instance.

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Last night I sous-vide'd a small New York Strip. I knew my charcoal was getting low in the firebox and I didn't have an open bag of lump to bring it up to optimal searing level. On top of that, I just didn't want to go to the basement to fetch another bag....

 

So I found a small grate from an older grill that I laid on top of the hot coals and seared away!

I brung the food closer to the fire...  :)



 

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Thanks for the reply.

 

Not a bad idea...I've seen where people just put the food directly on the charcoal, as well.

 

But I'm still wondering about the Chargriller adjustable charcoal basket (I am pretty sure it is made for the Akorn).

 

right now I have over a half firebox of charcoal and wondering what to do with it when I want to cold smoke some cheese. Sure I can dump it out but it would be easier to just lift it out with the basket and put the smoker tube on the default charcoal grate.

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I've used a metal colander in my Keg to get the same effect.  It worked well for a couple of steaks/burgers.  It gives a smaller diameter cooking surface but it did what I wanted it to.

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Thanks all...

 

Yes, in the opening post i mentioned another thread where a member had suggested using a smaller grate that sat on the brackets where the smoking stone goes.

 

And I've seen the KAB.

 

But Chargriller offers their own version for the Akorn if I'm not mistaken--

 

Here

 

With all the aKorn devotees here I'm surprised no one has tried this.

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I use the charcoal grate very often in my Akorn because it's the only way I have found to have a two-zone cook.  The charcoal grate for the 22" Weber fits the smoking stone tabs exactly and costs about $11.  Adding that 1 thing makes your Akorn a new cooking tool.  Gonna do this month's challenge this weekend and I'm doing it 2-zone.

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Thanks @daninpd I think it was your post in another thread that I was referring to in my original remarks and question. I understand the notion of adding that grate for raising the fire--you place your charcoal (could even be briquettes) and cook on the regular CI grid such things as brats and burgers and even steaks. Is that right?

 

So then do you build the fire off to one side them to give you a bit of indirect?  I'd sure like to see a photo of your set up.

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@daninpd What's the diameter of that grate, anyway? Weber says it's 17" (if I'm looking at the right one) and Walmart says it's 16". Lowes doesn't list any charcoal grate for the 22"Weber.

 

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1 hour ago, DWFII said:

@daninpd What's the diameter of that grate, anyway? Weber says it's 17" (if I'm looking at the right one) and Walmart says it's 16". Lowes doesn't list any charcoal grate for the 22"Weber.

 

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I put the tape on it:  17".  Amazon lists it as the "Weber 7441 Replacement Charcoal Grate 17 Inches".  That's where I bought it.

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1 hour ago, daninpd said:

I put the tape on it:  17".  Amazon lists it as the "Weber 7441 Replacement Charcoal Grate 17 Inches".  That's where I bought it.

Thank you.

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6 hours ago, DWFII said:

So then do you build the fire off to one side them to give you a bit of indirect?  I'd sure like to see a photo of your set up.

I will be doing a challenge cook this weekend and it will be a two-zone cook.  Will post a picture of the setup.

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On 2/16/2018 at 5:13 AM, DWFII said:

So then do you build the fire off to one side them to give you a bit of indirect?  I'd sure like to see a photo of your set up.

I remembered I had a good photo in the Shawarma challenge except in that cook I had the coals in a ring instead of half and half.  I could imagine a chicken roasting in the middle of that ring of fire. 

 

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