Well, after the issue we had Staurday with the hole saw (I think a step bit is the way to go for the pipe nipples) I got The Bengal Things pipe nipples welded into his drum now. With a thermometer for the grate and one for the meat..plus a pipe for the exhaust...he will be cooking for memorial day weekend.
Sadly, it may still take me awhile to get to cooking on mine. I have to weld mine up but today was my only free day. All good things come to those who wait thougn.
I will put up pics later of his charcoal basket and the welding....please keep in mind I am just learning to mig weld...but am a certified tig welder...
I should have tig welded them but that would have taken me three times as long.