Originally Posted by KStraker
I need some advice on turning a Smokey Joe in to a charcoal basket. What's the preferred method of modifying this thing?
I did it with an 18 in Weber. I completely cut the bottom out of it with an angle grinder just below the supports for the charcoal grate. Then I drilled a bunch of 1 inch holes through the sides, about 18 in all and also made some vertical slits in places. I then made a couple of different sized charcoal rings to sit on the grate for long or short smokes. I made some 3 inch legs for it with corner brackets and mounted it to an aluminum pizza pan for an ash catcher. Using the charcoal ring that I made which is the same diameter as the charcoal grate I've cooked for 18 hours and still had charcoal left. I left the metal handles on mine and it just fits inside my drum perfectly centered, but it takes just a little maneuvering to get it past my cooking grate supports.
Hope that helps and good luck with it.