Pinghacker, Nice Drum there. I like the Idea of the wood under the handle. I also like the use of the flange where the riser pipe connects to the barrel to strengthen it and the hook on the side of the drum instead of on the inside of the lid.
Mine has a 2" exhaust in the center of the lid. I have a couple of extra lids and I am also going to try the 8 holes in the lid thing to see wich one I like better.
Some good thinking and workmanship there. Very nice
New Braunfels Red River Grill, Weber Performer, WSM 18.5"