Well I thought I was almost done with my build but then I kept reading (here) and found out I wasn't. I also thought I was doing a great thing by getting a food grade LINED barrel and found out I wasn't. I did the initial burn out and it lasted most of 1 day. I used 3/4 of a truckload of pallet wood, some nice 4x4s in there too. When the burn was done the outside was good. The next morning I checked the inside and it was looking pretty good and I thought what was in there was rust. HA! Ultimately the burn out got about 25% of the liner out. I wiped the inside down with oil then realized I needed to get the rest of that liner out. Soooooo ... yesterday I spent over 2 hours shoulder deep in the barrel with a sander and some dawn. Finally got it cleaned out but boy oh boy did I get filthy. I think I ruined my shirt. LOL I don't think those lined barrels are good for much more than making a burn barrel out of them.
Gonna get the charcoal basket built this weekend then we are SMOKIN'