Under the basket is 1" high bar grating so there is place for ashes.
I did a turkey sunday and it came out great, only thing I did wrong was I put liquid in the drip pan, when it was done there was more liquid in the pan than I started with and made the skin a little tuff. I think there is plenty of moisture in the can so Ill not add anything next time.
So far the bottom of drum is clean, the drip pan caught everything but I am going to make a plate for the top of fire box that I can cover with foil so its always clean.
I did the burn in with cut hard wood and it was HOT
for the cook I just used kingsford cheapstuff it was ok too.
I did notice that the next day there was not many ashes collected, my weber kettle would have tons of it.
One thing I would change is if it didnt have a cart then the tube I used for firebox would not be made of 3/8 wall, thing was 100lbs lol