Built my first one well over a year ago with no welder or cutting torch so it can be done. Love the drum and have added to it as I got a welder and such.
There's another drum that's been just sitting here and waiting on me for a good while and I'm about to start on it.
Thanks to all who have posted in this very long thread and shared knowledge. My next drum will be even better than the first.
55 gallon smokin' UDS
BBQ Grillware vertical gas smoker
WSM with mods
ECB Deluxe (scrapped for parts for the UDS)
BBQ Grillware gas grill
Pro-Q Exel 20
High Desert BBQ