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uncleholdout



Joined: 28 Jan 2007
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02 07 11:52 pm    Post subject: replacing grate brackets Reply with quote

I have a bullet style smoker one of my grate brackets broke. Its basicaly a L-Bracket they want $2.99 a piece (i need 3) from char-broil but i can get them from the hardware store for $2.99 for 4. I was just wondering, the ones from the hardware store are zinc plated and if that was safe to put into a smoker. Thanks in advance for any help.

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Tim
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OddThomas
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Joined: 07 Mar 2007
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Location: North Carolina

PostPosted: Tue Apr 03 07 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Howdy,

Although not very toxic (as compared to lead, mercury, arsenic, and cadmium) and nutritionally essential in small quantities, Zinc is indeed a heavy metal. More than likely, you'd never have a problem from using the Zinc plated pieces (unless perhaps if they were in the firebox--i.e. exposed really high temperatures) but, I don't think I'd risk it for a few bucks.

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Mike
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uncleholdout



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03 07 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your response. I found some that are solid brass. Think those would be safe to use? If not what metal's are safe to use?

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Tim
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OddThomas
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03 07 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

Brass is an alloy made from Zinc. There has been some research that shows brass can leech toxins (lead) when exposed to moderately high temperatures. I'm no metallurgist; I've just done a lot of research in consideration of building my own coolers and grills.

My advice would be to stick with carbon or stainless steel if you can.

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Mike
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