Originally Posted by BilloutWest
Bottom side of a 55 gallon drum gets my vote. $5.00 on craigs list. $3.00 for the carbon skillsaw blade. $8.00 firepan: Priceless.
You've already got a mill bastard file to take off the wire edge.
A heavy screen at the local steel supply, (such as those used on burn barrels), is going to run a few bucks.
A steel drum is 22 ½" in diameter.
That's around 400 square inches so its a little big but thats also a nice feature.
A case and space being utilized efficiently is a small issue.
Legs could be done like this one on Stupid Guide Tricks.
Come to think of it, you could just use a Behrens pan and without the saw blade its base pan is cheaper and a better size generally but will not meet GC standards.
They don't include this in the parts list but a pic shows a metal garbage can lid doing a nice job.
I envision that lid as also being a nice damper keeping the fire overnight.
I'm thinking those guides are actually smart.
(One could make the legs longer so they bend back up in a manner that would hold a Dutch Oven lid off the ground.)
The best use of the Behrens system is probably with Dutch Ovens.