I picked up a second barrel. This one had paint and the paint was held in a plastic bag. I hit it from the outside with the weed burner. The barrel was black and that paint did not want to burn off.
1) The metal actually turned a glowing red. Is that good enough or do I really need to burn the paint off? I'll hit it with paint stripper later on.
2) There was a fair amount of rust inside. Not enough that it was caking off and when I hit it with a rubber mallet, a little dust came off. I hit it with a wire wheel on my drill and can definitely get to the steel, but that's a lot of work. I've read that this amount (not caking off) is insignificant and I should just season over it. Thoughts?
3) I found a set of black oxide hole saws in an old tool box in my garage. Can I use this on the drum?