Originally Posted by Smokey Al Gold
Awesome and it looks great! I'm hoping to get started on mine this weekend. Glad you don't actually have to have a charcoal basket. I don't plan on doing cooks longer than 4 -5 hrs on mine. Thanks for all the pics it helps alot. I do plan to cut the whole bottom out just so the bottom doesn't get messy.
With the distance between fire and grate being short I believe you want some sort of diffuser on these. So drilling it seemed logical and made it so I didn't have to cut anything. Then he posted using the insert as a template and wow did that make sense.
Another good option is using a cheap grate where the insert would fit and put a clay saucer on it. You can foil it for easy clean up and it's a great heat sync.