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Charcoal Maze

Post  Mike_P_in_Tucson on Tue Jun 09, 2009 8:14 pm

Does anyone use a charcoal maze in their ProQ Excel 20? Here is one for an 18-inch setup.


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Re: Charcoal Maze

Post  Adam on Tue Jun 09, 2009 10:25 pm

I'm not sure I follow the diagram. Could you show a photo instead or explain in more detail.

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Re: Charcoal Maze

Post  Mike_P_in_Tucson on Tue Jun 09, 2009 10:39 pm

This is a view of the maze from above. Each line represents a sheet metal "divider", which would be the same height as the charcoal basket (represented by the circle). You would put the hot coals in either the lower left or right quadrant, then fill the rest of the "maze" with unlit charcoal. The charcoal would then light sequentially clockwise (or anti-clockwise). that way, not all of the charcoal would be burning at once. This should result in a longer burning time.

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Post  Mack on Wed Jun 10, 2009 7:10 am

We don't get those over this side of the pond Mike, but would be keen to see how they perform, if you have one to test, please try it out and post a review.
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Re: Charcoal Maze

Post  Adam on Wed Jun 10, 2009 11:14 am

Oh wow so its like minion on steroids. Thanks for the expanded description.

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Re: Charcoal Maze

Post  Mike_P_in_Tucson on Wed Jun 10, 2009 5:05 pm

I'm going to make one for my new Excel 20 and will take pictures and file a report.

Yep, kind of like the minion method on steroids.

OK, had some scrap sheet metal and made a very crude one, using my tin snips. I want to see how it works before getting my sheet-metal worker friend to fabricate a good one for me. Here are the pictures. I hope to try it out this weekend.




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Post  Mike_P_in_Tucson on Mon Jun 15, 2009 4:20 pm

Well, it didn't work too well, so I think I will scrap it. The coals ened up burning along the top of the stack, all through the maze. So I had half-burned charcoal all through it.

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Post  Dr_KY on Fri Jul 10, 2009 5:06 pm

I'm building one at the moment but haven't had time to finish it.
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Post  Mike_P_in_Tucson on Tue Jul 14, 2009 11:08 pm

Have you got it done yet? When you do, please post a pic and let us know how you did it, what materials, etc.

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