Ordered a new UNLINED Skolnik 18 gauge 55 gallon barrel. Don't feel like stripping and re-painting the exterior it with heat resistant paint right away, or feel the need to burn out the interior since it's unlined. Will the factory paint job just bubble up in time, and then the carbon steel rust? I figure if that's the case, I'll take it apart, clean it up, and paint it with some high temp paint when it's loosened up some.
Zoro.com had the best deals on these (can't get new ones local) $90. 2 x 2 ft #9 3/4" expanded steel (flat) $17. No shipping charge.
Going with a Kamado Joe type sliding bottom intake. Would like a domed top, and ordered some huge mixing bowls! We'll see how sturdy they are and how they fit. One's aluminum and 25" in diameter. The other is stainless steel and 23" in diameter. The drum's OD is 24" including the lid and ring. I've seen different ways to approach fitting the Weber domes, and will see if I can adapt those methods for these bowls. Probably put one of those rotating dampers on the top (the bowls are flat-bottomed). Really not sure about the bowls, but they've been ordered and we'll see.
Most of the stuff is arriving tomorrow...
Edited by Turnip - 4/28/16 at 9:02pm