Originally Posted by eaglefootballdad
New here folks, so please bear with me! I have been cooking and smoking for many years on my big custom cookers, but somehow have only recently discovered the UDS. It's obvious I don't get out much. I've begun my build and am down to the coal basket. My question for you all: would you recommend using the smaller Weber grate to build the base for the basket or would you take the time to build the base from expanded metal? Thanks in advance for your help!
I have baskets made both ways, one with the 18" charcoal grate as a bottom, the other with an expanded metal bottom. Easier to build using the grate, (no cutting, already round), smaller pieces will fall through, not too big of a deal in the grand scheme of things.