Originally Posted by Rmhardie
Great looking copper color! Smoker basket question - is the side standing off of the bottom (on other words, is there an air space between them), or is it just the angle of the pic? And if it's standing off of the bottom, why? I'm not questioning it, I just want to know if I should make my next basket like that.
Yes, the basket is up off the ash catcher buy about 2.5".
If you meant the ash catcher itself (a cut out barrel top), it looks like that because the barrel was stored somewhere hot. The barrel had methanol in it. The pressure bulged the lid, turning it into a shallow bowl. The lid, once cut out and flipped upside-down, makes a perfect ash-catching shape (purely accidentally). So, yes, the ash catcher's rim is a bit up off the floor, but not for air flow reasons, just due to the slight dome shape.