One of the things I am always looking at is how I can make my Weber Kettle even more versatile than it is straight from the box. I consider the kettle to be one of the best outdoor cooking implements for the budding outdoor cooker who wants to become a serious outdoor cook. But, as you move forward, there are some things that I think can make the kettle work better. Here is my current modification in process for making my kettle work more like an upright smoker and to give me more grate space than the traditional offset coal bed setup. I got this idea from a fellow BBQ Brethren called Woodreaux, who inspired this modification.
First, I wanted to create a larger area for charcoal, to extend my cooking times from an average of 4 hours to closer to 6 or even 8 hours. Woodreaux's method is to put the coals in the bottom of the kettle. I like the idea, but, wanted better air circulation so I got a charcoal grate from a Smokey Joe and placed it on the One-touch vanes like this.