I start my UDS build last night. So far I am happy with the charcoal basket but the burn out of the drum is an entirely different story. For the basket I did what seems to be pretty standard no weld expanded metal and a grill grate. The more I read the more I want to put in a ash try. Basket: For the drum I figured in a pretty populated area I wouldn't be able to get away with a barrel burning for a couple of hours so I bought a weed torch. I was hoping this was going to make quick work on the inside liner and outside paint not the case. I burnt one side for about 45 minutes and made a dent on the inside liner but only barely broke through the outside paint. Before: After: I have been seeing that people are going with sandblasting aside from price are there any down sides to this. Do you still need to burn out the barrel afterward?