My neighbor has built several of the 55 gal. drum cookers that have the rebar through the barrel that the meat hangs on. I wanted something that I could cook like that or bring the temp down as far as I want it to go and bbq low and slow. This is my first attempt and when I found a source of food grade barrels for $10 I decided to give it a go. I had it sand blasted, painted flat black with hi-temp bbq paint, black iron pipe nipples (3) at the bottom. A weber style vent at the top. 3 grates. The bottom one is heavy expanded metal that will diffuse heat and hold liquids. The other two levels give me height options for bbq'n. I still have to get a ball-valve, a Walmart grate, handles, long hat hook for removing the coal basket and the coal basket too. Bout a week or so I'll be ready for the maiden voyage. Pix are not the best but this is it so far.