Here are the pics. More detailed expanation at the bottom!!!
With the lid removed.
Finished fire basket upside down.
3/4 in nipple welded to barrel
1/2 in. nipple welded to barrel
So I started with 2 55 gal barrels that had food grade products in them. Both of the barrels had no inner liner. I cut the lids out with a high speed grinder. I ground the inside of the rolled lip and pulled the lid out. I took the 2 barrels to a friend that teaches welding and tractor maint.
I hole sawed the holes for the air inlets. I did 2-3/4" that oppose each other and 2 1/2" that oppose each other air inlets. Threaded them in and welded. I took a old charcoal grate from a 22.5 weber grill and welded 4 1.5" bolts as the feet. I then traced out and plasma cut the expanded metal for the bottom. I welded the expanded metal to the old charcoal grate. I then rolled a 8" wide strip of expanded metal the shape of the outside of the charcoal grate. Weled that to the old charcoal grate and Fire Basket finished.
More to come....