New guy here. Picked up my drum for $5.00. It was a sealed top with no liner. I cut out the top using a jig saw. It cut like butter. Then ground it smooth with a grinder. Cut the 3 3/4 in holes around the base. Picked up the black threaded bungs or what ever there called with the caps. Decided to go ahead and get the 90 elbow it up and put a ball valve on it.
(Pics are before I added the ball valve)
Well I finally got somewhere on it today.
I burned mine out for about 4 hours. Then today I found a local parts store that sells those washers and you don't have to modify them. There $ .40 a piece. Can't beat the price.
The place is called Evansville Nut and Bolt 812-477-0077. I'm sure they could probably ship'em out. Or if enough people want them I could go pick up a bunch of them and ship them to you.
The other day I was talking to a buddy of mine and told him about this smoker/ grill I was building. I met up with him at Menards. In my cart I had one of those real cheap grills that cost $10.00 with no lid. The cool part is there were on clearance for $3.99. I was going to use the bottom to hold my charcoal. He told me don't waste you money on it. I have something better I'll give you for free. I still bought it. Then today I went and picked up this extremely heavy and 1/4 think round plate that I'm going to use.
Also I've been looking for a weber lid for mine. I talked to my neighbor who had one. I had there son burn some wire for me a while back. She said all her food taste like wire now and she can't use it. She goes you owe me a grill. So I had a thought. I went out to my garage and got that $3.99 grill out and said how bought I give you this grill and you give me your lid. Needless to say I now have my lid. (Lid not Pictured)