First USD Build
I am planing on building a USD. I am going to get an unpainted unlined open top 55 gallon drum. In the lid I plan on putting 6 to 8 1/4" holes and 3 to 4 3/4" holes about an inch from the bottom. I plan on putting 2 grates one about 6 inches from the top and another about 4 inches lower than that in case I want to do a beer can chicken or a thick brisket. I am going to make a coal basket out of expanded wire and if this gives the coals to much air I will line the sides with metal and just leave the bottom with the wire mesh so coals can fall through. I will put a handle on the lid and a thermostat and then oil the drum and cook a hot fire to season it.
This is my first USD so if anybody has any suggestions on my design or if yall see an obvious mistaken I am making please let me know. Also should I strip the paint and repaint with High temp BBQ Paint. I do expect to run the pit over 350. Will the barrel paint hold up to this?