Well, finally got it done. Got the barrel for $25 and burned it out. Got sick of using the angle grinder and found a steel place near me that sandblasted it for $25. Money well spent!
Drilled out a bolt to accomodate a turkey fryer thermometer.
Made the basket from a Wally World pizza pan, Weber grill, expanded metal and stainless bolts, nuts, washers and zip ties.
The intakes are 3/4 in. pipe nipples held with conduit nuts.
Can wait to season her tomorrow.