Need some advice

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  1. 98_tj

    98_tj under water

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    They ash tray on my father's charcoal grill is completely rusted out, but he loves the grill. The rest of the grill is in ok shape so there is no point in throwing it away. For fathers day I am making him a new ash tray for it out of some sheet metal. The sheet metal i have is just 16gauge, so it is not the most ridged and I know in the next 5 years or so it will also rust out.

    Is it worth it to instead of bending up the sides of the sheet metal to make a tray but make a frame out of 1.5" x 1/8" angle iron and just weld the sheet into the bottom of that. So theoretically when the bottom starts to rust out I could just replace the sheet metal in the bottom of the tray.

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  2. Jeff B

    Jeff B pool boy

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    you can buy those grease trays on Amazon
     
  3. 98_tj

    98_tj under water

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    The replacement for that grill is $75 after shipping, and the quality is not great.

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  4. buellconvert

    buellconvert Well-Known Member

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    I'd just bend the sides up and that will add a little more rididigy than what a flat sheet would have and call it a day.

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  5. 98_tj

    98_tj under water

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    That was the other option.

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  6. GotWood

    GotWood Sayer of Fact

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    Also put a small X bend in the middle of the flat if you can.
     
  7. Fabrik8

    Fabrik8 Overcomplicator

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    Spend a few bucks on some light gauge stainless, bend the sides to make a pan, and it will likely outlast the grill. Aluminum will likely work too, but might corrode through with mixed ash/water over time.
     
  8. No fries

    No fries Well-Known Member

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    My old grill had a powder coated tray, but what I did was take tinfoil line it and put play sand in the bottom, it was more of a drippings tray but the sand soaked up the drippings and the foil protected it pretty good. Not sure if that would work on your grill. Just dump it and re line it.

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  9. Croatan_Kid

    Croatan_Kid How's your hammer hangin'?

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    I was gunna see if @jeepinmatt had told you to set it on fire yet, but I think that's the majority of the problem to begin with :D

    Also, I'd just bend the sides up. You could always double it up and toss a few rivets in there to hold it together.
     
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  10. Infamous1

    Infamous1 Well-Known Member

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    Just make two, hang spare in the shed and you good for 10 years!!!
     
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  11. Ron

    Ron Dum Spiro Spero Moderator

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    Not to be that guy....
    But I’d skip the sand for 2 major reasons.
    1) it will trap moisture and actually promote rust
    2) slightly less likely but more serious potentially. At a high enough temperature sand can potentially offgas silicate oxides which are linked to everything from carcinogen to respiratory problems
     
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  12. WARRIORWELDING

    WARRIORWELDING Owner opperator Of WarriorWelding LLC.

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    K.I.S.S. remove, repeat as needed.

    Its not like it's a gourmet appliance or a spaceship microwave.
     
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  13. 98_tj

    98_tj under water

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    Well, after making the ash drawer, the angle iron on the right side of the grill that holds the tray broke off. So I guess I have started down the rabbit hole of rebuilding the grill...

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