I've had this keg in the garage for years. First plan was to use it as a giant cooker for large batches of bar-b-que sauce. Decided against that, so there it sat. Saw some vids on you tube for 'pit barrel cookers' and decided on that route. That's a one inch nipple being used as air intake, I have since removed the riser and valve. I have 2 bricks in the bottom to raise the Weber charcoal holders up and have drilled a 1/2 inch hole on each side running a 3/8" rod through. Scored some shish-kabob skewers at Wal-Mart for 5 bucks for the hooks to start with. Did a burn-out one day and chicken halves the next day as a trial run. As with any new toy there is a learning curve. Half chickens hang to low so had to sling them across with an extra hook in each. Will use quarters or just thighs in the future. And I used way to much charcoal so will cut that back by half next time. Much like a 'hobo' stove this vertical design puts out some heat even with the lid cocked to one side. But, the chicken was fall apart tender as evidenced by the one mangled bird I struggled with to get unhooked. All in all a fun semi-build I had doing & I'm looking forward to a rib run on it.