Originally Posted by wheelterrapin
How did you get your lid to fit so well?
I cut off the top 1.5 inches of the bottom part of the kettle. I used some sheet metal cutters and made 1/2 inch cuts every 1/2 inch around the ring I had cut. I bent them all out just a little bit to where the ring was very snug in my drum and then I tack welded them to the drum. The tension from the ring on the barrel was enough for me to position it exactly where I wanted it before I started welding. I probably went overboard, but I put a weld overlapping each cut I made.