Ok, I am to pg. 110 now and figured out to flip it upside down and cut out the bottom. Should I do my burn first to remove contaniments? Reason I ask is I would rather drill my holes before my burn to aid in breathing. my concern is will the lid (now on bottom) warp under the heat? It's already dented so maybe it won't matter anyway.
Another question: I know a few have been using stainless hardware but due to the cost and limited availability I am looking at other options. It looks like some folks have just been using standard grade hardware (zink plated?). I have access to black steel bolts but having problems locating black nuts and washers. Should I not worry so much about the standard grade hardware or is it gonna poison my food?? I may occasionally run this thing at 500* for pizza or Prime rib.