Thanks to all for the valuable info. Once I realized I didn't need to weld, the rest was easy. Well, to a point. Drill holes, no sweat. A friend found a weber kettle on the sidewalk to be given away. Lip was cut off with no problem. Even the barrel burn went fine after my wife left for the weekend (something to do about now getting caught).
But the thought of the noise, the dust, and the dark (It would be a tight fit in there), just wouldn't cut it. For a minimal amount, I had it sandblasted and powdercoated. My wife just won't go for ugly.
A friend noted it was the best chicken she ever tested. The got her husband riled up and a week later, he issued a throwdown challenge. I guess I'll just have to rough him up...