Originally Posted by hachi-roku_fan
You should cut the intakes on the inside of the drum, other wise your basket might sit too high.
That also looks like the red liner which needs to be removed. Most people will burn out then sand it until they see metal or get it sand blasted. Good luck on your first cook! And as always post some pics
The liner was burned out good and sanded. I used my echo blower lol to force air in so I could get the temps up really high. My temp gauge was reading 500 but I am not sure exactly how hot because it was pegged. This was done 3 times at that temp or above.
The basket at first was low but I raised it up to 4" above the pipes. So far no real issue with ash. I have seen other builds where they use a pan on the bottom of thier basket to collct the ash. I might try that next weekend and see what happens.
I have another drum and to build so I am notes taking on your suggestions. Thanks for the replies