Duhhhhhh!!!!!!! OK, so I think I've got it figured out, right in front of me all the time but my excuse is I'm a real newbie here so still finding my way around. Anyway, hope I've just managed to attach the drawings illustrating my suggestions as posted above.
UDS Height Adjustable Charcoal Grill Mechanism.jpg
UDS Grilling Mechanism Overhead View Downwards.jpg
. . . and also a pic of how we do it back home on the farm (in africa) - maybe call this a UDG . . . ugly drum grill ??!!!
Whole Drum Braai thmb.jpg