After a lot of advice from Outnumbered and reading this thread until my eyes were bleeding, I figured it was time to get one built.
A good friend found me a barrel. cut out the lid, and welded up a coal basket for the promise of some free Q. The barrel was unlined and held antifreeze. We washed it out with a Hotsy power washer and detergent, then I burned it out.
I sanded the outside with a random orbit sander and got all the hardware on in a couple hours.
I looked for a couple weeks on CL and couldnt find a used Weber kettle for a decent price, so I grabbed a CharBroil kettle from Menards that was on sale for $38. I figured that was a decent price for a lid & grate. The lid didn't fit. Since I'm not a welder I got a little creative with a 6' stick of aluminum and a riveter.
It was painted by 10, seasoned by noon and cooking dinner by mid-afternoon.
And now for the first weekend PRON: