I did mine sorta like Smokin D's except I took an open top drum and cut the top third section of it at the center of the reinforcement rib. At first I thought to use it as a extended lid but couldn't get it to seal well enough. I used a locking ring to meld the cut section to the DrumPit Proper and used stove gasket to eliminate the air leaks. Keep in mind that this may not be a viable option for some. My DrumPit is now 46.5" tall and for some, they would need a step ladder to use it.