Well did a real hot burn today most all the paint off the outside so got pleanty warm. Move location mid burn couldn't be that mean to the neighbors. Washed it all down inside good and then put a bag of coals in it and fired it up smoldering still as I type. Barrel had I am pretty sure a food grade product in it so will let it be and good to go. Drilling holes tomarrow and getting racks and fire basket parts.