Looking for some help in selecting a drum for a UDS build. I can get a reconditioned 55 gallon drum from a local place for $25, but it still has paint on the outside that would need to be removed. Can't really do a burnout where I'm at and I want a good surface to paint it with BBQ paint after, so I'm thinking I'll probably have to take it somewhere to get sand blasted. I'm thinking the sandblasting should also provide good surface for painting as well. What type of drum is best? A closed top or open top with lid? And why?
Also, I think I'd want to go with the Weber top option. I don't have a top yet, but how do I know if a drum will fit the top of the 22.5" Weber kettle? Any arguments against Weber top option other than additional cost? What's the best way to fashion the Weber on top of the drum to ensure seal with minimal leaks. I've seen on the web that some guys weld the lid back on and cut out the bottom, what's the purpose of this?
Any additional comments on helping select a drum are appreciated!