Good timing. I was just going to give an update and make a couple changes. So first off I must say that this is the best BBQ that I have ever had. I got ride of my big Stainless Duquane, and only use this now to server all of my BBQing needs. It travels well and I am able to use my cast iron dutch ovens in it also.
The bottom did rust out, Then barrel material just doesn't hold up. I am planning on cutting the bottom out and welding in some 10 gauge plate or something that will hopefully last longer. At the same time I will probably make another grease plate and put those angles underneath it instead of in the bottom of the BBQ. Otherwise I would not chnage it in any other way. Everybody that camped with me and cooked with it loved it.