I burned out my barrel as well today. I built it all out last night except for the fire basket that I did while the fire was going. I do have one question I hope someone can answer for me. The actual barrel looks great and burned well but I'm not sure what else needs to be done to the lid. I am using a flat barrel lid without the bung and with a lever ring clamp. I drilled 8 - 3/4" holes in the lid for exhaust ventilation but whenever I put the lid on the barrel the flames obviously went way down.
What do I do to burn out the lid to the same level that the barrel is burned out? Getting a weber dome is not an option at the moment as I am not willing to buy one new and I haven't seen any used grills for sale in my area. I have already spent about double what I was thinking I would on this thing and I haven't even thrown any meat on it.
Thanks for advice.