Sorry for the lack of updates. With birthdays, Mother's Day and family coming into town I have been busy... I got all the slates drilled and screwed. Whew! I also was able to cut the top half off. Beware, if you are using a used barrel, the smell might overwhelm you. Mine had been used for sour mash and WOW what a smell. Ordered my grill grates and electric unit, and thermometer. I only need to get the chains to hold the lid from falling backwards.
Now hold on before you pile on me. I have a three year old son and a new baby about to appear in about 4 weeks. I wanted something I could set and forget about. I can always switch it over to charcoal at a later time.
I'll add pics when I get the parts installed.