First off, this is already a good pit, and I do try to live by KISS.(keep it simple, stupid) But I also live by BOMB.(better off modified, baby)
There were a couple problems with it, IMHO.
First off, there isn't much shelf space, and the pitiful shelf it comes with is hardly a place you can safely put a cookie sheet without it falling off. So.....
I decided to use the existing handle to hold my shelf. It was already pretty stout, but I welded in a brace to the stack just to make it last over time without sagging.
View from the top...The shelf is made from 3/16" steel.
View from the bottom. The simple design will hold up, and allow me to slide the shelf off if I need to access the handle to move the smoker.
I have tons of space. I used the milk jug for a size reference. And that is a massive cookie sheet and a full-size plate.
I've done three more things besides the shelf. I'll get pics up in a minute. Let me know what you think!