Originally Posted by Pole D
Hi everybody. I have all of my parts and am just get started on my build.
The drum I have is 34" tall. I am using 3 - 3.50in bolts as feet for the fire basket. So the bottom of the basket will be around 3.25in from the bottom of the drum. Going 24 in up from there puts me at 6.75in from the top of the drum. Is that too close to the top? Also weber lid does not fit.
Can I go any closer to the fire basket or can I use shorter bolts for the feet of the basket?
Since this is my first build I am thinking of going with just one rack and the lid that came with the drum.
Any help is much appreciated.
Why doesn't the Weber lid fit?
To make my Weber lid fit, I took some channel locks and bent the rim of the lid out and then sat it on top of the drum and persuaded it back in to shape with a rubber hammer.
Your lid doesn't have to be a perfect fit to work correctly. Mine always has smoke billowing around the lid during my cooks for a short period of time. You should be more concerned with air leaking through your intakes which will cause temp spikes