Here's a few build pix of the latest drum builds. One had a Weber lid, the other Uniflame. The Uniflame has a certain advantage, as you can see!
Almost ready to paint.
Ring to adapt Weber lid to barrel. I had to form and sit the metal ring on top of the barrel. Welded all around, and also sealed with JB Weld in case of pinholes. The Uniflame ring was able to slip inside the barrel, so it worked a bit easier.
Fire baskets. We used bails off five-gallon buckets to make the handles.
Painted. I used the Rustoleum stove paint in the quart, thinned with a bit of mineral spirits and run through a $10 H-F spray gun.
Stanley looks them over.
First burn. Used pure charcol. Nine pounds lasted 6 hours at 250-300. Snuffed them out after that.
The Uniflame advantage -- it hinges! Used 2 1" L brackets for the barrel portion of the hinge.