Originally Posted by Toronto
Was just browsing through the homedepot website and found something that non-welder types can use to connect the charcoal basket rims to their base:
(The one pictured aboved is zinc coated but you get the idea.)
Or maybe get a smaller chain and weave it through the expanded metal, this way you will have a handle as well?
That's what I did. I bought a 6ft steel security cable kit from the depot and used these to attach it to the expando metal of the charcoal box. It works well because the cable is so stiff that it does not fall to the bottom of the drum. I can always reach in and grab some part of it as it rests against the side of the drum just below my second cooking grate. I'll have to post a pic tomorrow.