Originally Posted by rajewest
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.
Thanks for the info and expedient reply! If I could pick your brain for another question: I am putting two cooking grates in. Currently, I will be using the drum lid until I find an old kettle lid. That being said, what kind of spacing from the top would you use for two grates? I've read page after page on this thread and there are lots of different takes on this.