i feel that I'm a few years late here but I also have been restoring a clay Kamado, I'm having trouble figuring out what to use as the fire pit door at the bottom of the clay pot. I'll show yall some pics of my work so far and see if yall have any concerns and suggestions. I'm on a low cut college budget.
This is the paint job after JB welding together the top. The circle is what the original color was.
I used the plasma cutter to make a new fire grate. About 1/3 inch thick steel from a tractor part.
Then I proceeded to cut out a cap with thinner steel and it actually lays pretty flush with the top... but this is experimental to say the least.
So if any one has any suggestions on the fire door air vent that would be awesome. Sweet thread btw.
Here are pics:http://dl.dropbox.com/u/22570705/IMG_0604.jpg