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Jim Austin has asked me to send him pics and measurements for my charcoal table, so he can make one before my demo out there in April. I figured it would be easiest and more useful to share them here.

 

Here's the overall view:

 

DSCN0025.jpg

 

The top layer of the table is a heavy, well supported mesh, on which we chop the charcoal 'til it falls through. It lands on the lower ramp of smaller mesh, which we bang and scrape on 'til the graded coal slides into the black bin, and the fines and dust fall on through into the gray bin.

 

End view:

 

DSCN0027.jpg

 

The sheet on the upper right is just a backstop that keeps some charcoal from flying away as I bash. The mesh on the sides is also just to contain runaway charcoal.

 

Here's a view into the working area of the table, with a hatchet and 1' ruler for scale.

 

DSCN0026.jpg

 

I mostly do the chopping with the edge of a coal scoop, just use the hatchet for particularly tough charcoal.

 

Measurements- none of these particularly vital, except the mesh sizes. We just built it out of junk we had lying about.

 

The angle iron "table top" is 3' x 2', and 5" deep. The mesh is a heavy expanded mesh the opening are 1" wide and 3" long. Closest standard mesh listed in my suppiler's book is 1 1/2"-#6. Note the openings sre on the diamond- my friend Darrell just wrote down 1" by 3", then went home and built a grid with those openings on the rectangle, which made the charcoal way too big.

 

The total height is 37", so the working height of the heavy mesh is about 32"

 

The mesh on the lower ramp is 1/2"- #9 flattened expanded metal, the opening are 1/4" wide and 1" long. The ramp is 6" below the table top on one side, 13" below on the other.

 

Yields graded sifted charcoal like so (depending somewhat on charcoal quality):

 

DSCN0028.jpg

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Jim Austin has asked me to send him pics and measurements for my charcoal table, so he can make one before my demo out there in April. I figured it would be easiest and more useful to share them here.

 

Here's the overall view:

 

DSCN0025.jpg

 

The top layer of the table is a heavy, well supported mesh, on which we chop the charcoal 'til it falls through. It lands on the lower ramp of smaller mesh, which we bang and scrape on 'til the graded coal slides into the black bin, and the fines and dust fall on through into the gray bin.

 

End view:

 

DSCN0027.jpg

 

The sheet on the upper right is just a backstop that keeps some charcoal from flying away as I bash. The mesh on the sides is also just to contain runaway charcoal.

 

Here's a view into the working area of the table, with a hatchet and 1' ruler for scale.

 

DSCN0026.jpg

 

I mostly do the chopping with the edge of a coal scoop, just use the hatchet for particularly tough charcoal.

 

Measurements- none of these particularly vital, except the mesh sizes. We just built it out of junk we had lying about.

 

The angle iron "table top" is 3' x 2', and 5" deep. The mesh is a heavy expanded mesh the opening are 1" wide and 3" long. Closest standard mesh listed in my suppiler's book is 1 1/2"-#6. Note the openings sre on the diamond- my friend Darrell just wrote down 1" by 3", then went home and built a grid with those openings on the rectangle, which made the charcoal way too big.

 

The total height is 37", so the working height of the heavy mesh is about 32"

 

The mesh on the lower ramp is 1/2"- #9 flattened expanded metal, the opening are 1/4" wide and 1" long. The ramp is 6" below the table top on one side, 13" below on the other.

 

Yields graded sifted charcoal like so (depending somewhat on charcoal quality):

 

DSCN0028.jpg

 

Lee,

That would have to be the CBA Spring Conference in Petaluma just north of SF....I look forward to meeting you (again, as I saw your Arizona smelt about 100 years ago, it pushed me to get going).

Jan

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Very clever setup, it looks perfect for the use B)

Thanks for sharing the details.

 

John

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  • 3 weeks later...

that setup works like a charm!!!!having graded charcoal on other tables and having used this one,what sets this one apart is how heavy its built. that mass seems to help with the chopping..

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