I picked up my barrel today from work, sadly the only metal barrels we get hold a type of adhesive but the barrel is actually spotless...if you don't count the red liner.
Anyway, I also grabbed 4 pallets while I was at it, if I need more I can get as many as I need to do a proper burnout. I'll wait until this weekend for the burn so I have all day to do it. I also have a wire wheel and some good wire brushes to help out. I don't, however, have a weed burner or propane so I'm going to try and avoid that.
I picked up the stainless steel bolts for the grate mount, still need to pick up the rest of the hardware, couldn't find what I wanted at Lowes. Closest I came was a couple garage door handles.
I'm still trying to source some good expanded metal, Lowes only had a really thin gauge and even it was $14. Gonna see if I can find some scrap I can get cheap. Thinking of using the expanded metal for the grate as well, thoughts on that? If not I'll be buying the 22.5" grill/grate.
Going back to the lined barrel, I'm gonna give it a try burning it out and using the wire wheel, if it proves to be more of a beast than I'm willing to mess with I'll be buying one for around $10, just wanting to try free first. Not worried too much about time, I don't charge myself much.
So for a quick parts list:
Grate (expanded metal or 22.5")
Expanded metal for coal basket
3 - 4" bolts plus 3 nuts per bolt, one to hold the basket up and two to hold it up off the pizza pan and provide legs for the pan (bolt through)
3 handles, 2 for barrel and one for lid. I'll be going the flat lid route at first unless I end up buying a 22.5 kettle grill.
3 3/4" nipples
2 3/4 pipe caps
1 3/4 ball valve.
Sound about right?