Originally Posted by thirdeye
What is the pipe in the center of the charcoal basket for?
Is there a rim on the ash tray? I've thought about adding one to my drums, but I have to tip the whole outfit about 40° when lowering and raising it to get around my thermo stem and grate bolts.
The pipe in the center of the basket is for raising and lowering the whole assembly. I can also pull the basket off of the ash tray (thanks BigMista).
About the ash pan: I made absolutely certain I did not have to tip the pan and basket to get it in and out. I wanted a pan that did not have much of a lip, so I knew I would not be able to tilt it. Additionally, I didn't want a lip on the pan to impede airflow. Anyhow, it might not collect everything, but I'm hoping it makes ash cleanup easier. I need to go clean it out right now... I did some pork butts on it today.