nice work. I did the same thing with my drum until I was able to get some expanded metal. Those baskets work great. Mine was a lot smaller but had some good cooks with it. Since then I have cut the basket into different sections to have charcoal rings ala WSM style for my smokey joe's and smokey joe tall boy.
~Jimmy~ 18.5 redhead, UDS, Smokey Joe, Smokey Joe Smoker