The last packer I got from Walmart had that same extra piece on it only smaller. I left it on while it cooked and then cubed it up with the point and made burnt ends. Couldn't tell any difference between the point and the extra piece. Interested in what you come up with.
My arsenal, Stumps Clone, Two Modified offsets, open pit with grate and rotisserie,UDS, and a free to me Weber One Touch Silver 18.5" kettle