This is one amazing thread! Thanks to all who have shared, I've been inspired to start my own UDS, and with it, my first foray into the world of BBQ.
I have landed a new, unlined drum, a CL special Weber donor grill, and the bulk of the necessary hardware. With the help of Norco's excellent tutorial, my holes are plotted and drilled. I'm working on the basket, and still need to do a burn-out before the paint job and seasoning burn.
On the subject of paint, I have a question. I would like to paint my barrel and the lid flat black. The Weber lid obviously has the glossy, porcelain enamel finish. My understanding is that paint will not properly adhere to this finish. I have attempted to use a grinder with a 60 grit wheel, but it has been slow-going, at best. I'm less than 1/8 of the way done, and the wheel is shot. Any suggestions? Do I need to go down to bare metal, or just remove the gloss? Thanks to all for your thoughts.