I started gathering parts over a year ago and never went anywhere with actually building anything. Last week I got the bug up my crawl and put together a 30 gallon drum smoker.
I started with a new drum, had to cut the lip off of the top for the lid to fit. I used paint stripper to remove the factory finish and sanded it with an orbital sander/220 grit paper before painting.
Found a Weber grate on clearance at target for 5 bucks and had picked up an 18" OTS on Craig's list a while back for the lid.