x2 on the epoxy liner. One good burn will remove the paint. I always had cold spots with my burns and the paint at the bottom was always the last to burn off but I use pallet wood and I always cut into 5ths instead of a bunch of chunks. I bet if I used smaller pieces and packed the drum with more of it then the paint would have burnt off much sooner. Can't go overkill on intakes. Trust me. You can always cap em off but you can't open what you don't have. I always drilled my intake holes before I burn but that's a preference.
Names Cory and I have sisterwives. They are my UDS's and my Weber is my mistress.