Excited about my new fire grate. Had a buddy at work make the basket. there is 1/2 in bar stock under the EM, so it should hold up just fine. Cost me $12 in EM, and the bar stock was scrap. Paying the labor in meat. Unfortunately I have a construction project going on in our living room, and since I prefer to stay married, I have to spend my time finishing that... But I will fire her up soon. Hoping for a couple of hours burn around the "U"