Don't zoom in the welding, please! I don't have gas for my MIG yet, so I had to use cored wire- yuck! At least the basket doesn't show (except here). I'm a toolmaker by trade, and we only like to make things once, and build them to last. I spent a lot of time thinking about it, and reading great stuff here from The Brethren.
True, I only have three holes, but they're 1-1/4", which is bigger than normal. I have an idea cooking for the throttle, and now I have to figure out a clean way to block the other two. The fire started out at 425, and I think I could have kept that up with a full shot of coal. I only used a chimney-full- the basket was about 1/3 of capacity.
With the price of the drum and the lid, plus all of the bling and a couple Weber grates, I'll probably have close to $200 in it- kind of spendy for a home made, but it should last forever.
I'm very intelligent, but I mask it by doing stupid stuff.