Originally Posted by huskerfan1200
26.5" from the 'bottom' of the basket to the cooking grate? To me this seems a bit close.
Is this a 55-gallon drum? How far from the top of the drum is the cooking grate?
I don't think that is the issue. The general consensus is 24" from bottom of charcoal basket to lowest cooking grate. A 55 gallon drum is only ~34.5 " high to start with: