Thanks for the encouragement on burning out the red liner. , I will burn the hell out of it this weekend. I do not have a weedburner but I have pallets and a wire wheel. I'll let you all know how it goes.
I actually got two barrels last night. I thought they were the same on the inside but one only has a light tan liner on it that is actually already flaking off in spots. I think I will work with that one first.