Hi everyone, I have been looking at the smokenator 1000 for the weber kettle grills and decided that I would make my own. I have some questions and I was hoping that maybe someone could help me out. I got 16 guage stainless steel rather than the thinner 18 guage that they use at the factory. My question is this. With me getting a thicker steel do you think that I should make it bigger to hold more charcoal? 2nd question will the 16 guage work the same as the 18 guage for heat distribution? any help would be greatly appreciated. I made my template to be 2 inches wider than the one from the factory and now I am second guessing that before I cut out the steel and bend it. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.