Originally Posted by pigdog
so, can you get a good seal without the stove rope around the lid?
You should be able to. I got a good fit by flipping my drum ie the bottom became the top. Used a nonWeber dome lid. I think most people have pretty good luck with a Weber lid fitting on to a drum which is right side up.
Good thing the Q doesn't care which way the drum was meant to be as long there is fire below meat