A 22 inch or larger charcoal grill works very well for roasting a Thanksgiving turkey.
+ This gets the men out of the house and allows them to bond over adult beverages without getting in the way of the women.
+ It is like having another oven available and allows other things to be prepared in the regular oven while the turkey is cooking outside.
+ The turkey will have a delightful hint of smoke in its taste.
I regret I do not have an actual turkey cooking to include in the illustrations.
Step 1: Make Protection for the Sides of the Grill
First, I made a shielding band of sheet metal to protect the finish on the sides of the grill from the very hot coals. Whether you do this or not is your decision.
In the photo, the red loop identifies a joint between two pieces of sheet metal. You can see a couple of pop rivets. The yellow lines show the top and bottom of the side protector band of sheet metal. The white paper shows how to develop a pattern for cutting the sheet metal sections.
Remove the grates from your grill. Hold a piece of paper against the side of the kettle where the charcoal grate goes. Trace the outline of the ledge that supports the charcoal grate to get the right curve. Draw a curved line parallel to this one about 3 1/2 or 4 inches away from this one. Use this as a pattern to cut sheet metal sections. Fit these sections to the inside of your grill and mark them for alignment. Remove these sections from the grill. Drill holes and fasten the sections together with pop rivets. When finished you will have a sheet metal band that fits the inside of your grill just above the charcoal grate.