Originally Posted by jeffboyette
I have a line on any kind of barrel i want. Stainless, Steel, unlined, unpainted, New or refurbished, tighthead or openhead. Ive read about 5500 of the post on this thread, and have my idea pretty much mapped out.
I just want to clarify.
1.) If i want to use a webber lid, i need to get a tighhead/sealed barrel and cut on the inside of the lip on the top. Then the 22.5 will sit on the rim by flattening the lids lip then reshaping it to fit the diameter of the rim.
2.) If i use the openhead, i remove the sealing ring, throw it away, remove the little gasket. Then the orignal lid will fit on it fine without modification, or i can flip the openhead cut the bottom lip off and the webber 22.5 lid will fit without modification.
This said... it would be best for me to get a barrel with a removable lid? I can also get the lid that is completely flat so i can put holes in any configuration i want.
Am i leaving anything out on my first 2 paragraphs?
The only thing I would say is to take the Weber lid with you so you can choose the perfect barrel for the lid you have. It is just so much easier to do it that way.These barrels vary SO much. When I did my Bears build I took the lid and still had to goto a few different barrel companies to find a suitable drum.And even then we tried many because some were so tight once the lid went on you couldn't get it off. Then we also had to try each drum top and bottom as well. Ended up with a closed head that I did like your #1. Great thing is the lid fit without ANY mods or clamps needed at all. Fits just like it did on the Weber it came off. So take the lid with you.
I wouldn't worry so much about sealed or unsealed with a Weber lid. Takes about 1-2 minutes to get it cut open with a jigsaw. Good fit and unlined is what I would shoot for.