Great build so far. On the air intake issue, maybe a plate under the basket. Kind of like a reverse flow plate. Run it back far enough to allow the air flow to curve up and into and across the fire. Don't know if this would work, but sounds good on paper.
Looking good. I used black stove paint on my fire box and high temp engine paint on the rest. Mine is a bright yellow fading in to dark red on the lower parts. I wanted something other than black all over.
I did the same as Bruno and built my firebox bigger after I finished converting my little brinkman pitmaster to a reverse flow. I got carried away doubled the size of the cook chamber. Here is a link to my build http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/98141/double-deluxe-pitmaster-mod . This link...
Looking great so far.
You must have a lot of time on your hands to weld all that. I been known to do stuff like that because my wife says I am cheap.
Can't wait to see this come along. Keep up the good work.
Hi Ken, welcome. The nice thing about steel is you can always weld up your mistakes. Fit your lid and move your hinge holes to where you need them.
Looks like you are off to a good start so far. Keep the progress and the pics coming.