I completely forgot about this thread.
I have got the drum seasoned well, and for anyone waiting to build one, I have to say; it's really the easy thing in the world to use. It had a learning curve of about 1-2 smokes, and I'm set. I but random things in there and people think I'm a pro or something!
So far I've made about 4 fatties (jap and cheese only so far), and probably a million sausage links (already cooked, but man they're awesome in there). This sunday will be my first ever pulled pork so hopefully it comes out good as well.
As far as the guys asking about making it...
It was fairly simple. This was my prototype to see if it really worked like everyone says it does, so now I'm looking for a really good condition barrel. Mine has some bumps and scratches, and I'm a pretty picky guy, so I went with this one to try it while saving money. You can't see it in the pictures, but I used pliers and tin-snips to cut the holes for the valves, and then I covered them up with some pretty crappy welds, haha. It only took a couple of hours to finish it all once I had everything I needed.