I finally made progess worth writing about.
Got the brace for the basket rails cut and welded. This will keep the rails aligned during the install.
Smoke transfer tube fully welded inside and out. I pretty much used the inside welds as "practice." My welds are still pretty ugly, but that's why god invented angle grinders!
Fire Basket 85% complete. My neighbor, Bill, was a welder and fabricator for 30 years. He volunteered to bend the mesh for me and welded a few of the seams. I cut the rails and corner pieces and assembled everything. Just have to fabricate and attach the front of the drawer and trim the exp. metal down so all 4 sides are even.
Work till 10pm today and go back in at 6am tomorrow, so I probably won't get any more done until sunday. But if I do, I'll be posting more.
Thanks for looking!