Originally Posted by chicagokp
I ended up having a piece of flat stock welded in. Using a part of the bottom kettle was too much of a pain.
Bingo. That's what I did. Welding the sheet metal could have certainly been done but your buddy would have had to be a skilled TIG welder. No problem on the rolled 18 gauge lip of the drum, but the burn-through would have happened on the 22 gauge Weber kettle metal.