I need some clarification please regarding the distance from the fire to the cooking grate. I understand that I need a distance of 24" from the fire to the cooking rack.
Assuming that........
1. The charcoal basket that I plan to make is 9" tall raised 3" off the floor of the drum = 12" in height from the bottom.
2. The average barrel is 33.5" tall
If we subtract the height of the barrel from the top of the charcoal 33.5"  12" we only have 21.5" inches to work and that's to the top of the barrel, which leaves no room for the food and a flat lid.
I'm certain that I'm missing something here. Please clarify.
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Willie
