Originally Posted by mikemci
Looking good RatRod! Like the idea of running the sides log vs. legs. you might make something in the center of your lifting rod, to be sure that when you pick it up it will stay balanced. I just put a slight upward bend in the center and it has no problem staying balanced. Too late since yours is already welded, but maybe weld a hook or eye in the middle. Looking forward to seeing your progress photos.
Thanks man ! Funny thing ... Your suggestion for the lifting rod was one of my "shifts in the fly" I actually planned on running another rod across it in an X pattern as to hook the cross point but as I thought about it ill be loading it, put it in the drum , dump coal on top.... So I'm figuring ill always be working with a cold basket ie: lifting by hand so I saved the weight using the single rod .