I'm way into this thread and haven't found or missed any mention of using aluminum expanded metal for the charcoal basket. The melting point is 1220 degrees F. Any health issues involved?
55 gallon smokin' UDS
BBQ Grillware vertical gas smoker
WSM with mods
ECB Deluxe (scrapped for parts for the UDS)
BBQ Grillware gas grill
Pro-Q Exel 20
High Desert BBQ