chefrob, while I would love to do what you did, I don't have a shop or many tools. Maybe someday. The fire was pretty effective in removing rust, so I think I've gotten a good start. It's still too hot to do much more, and I work long shifts the next few days so I'll tackle it more another day. My goal is to start using it next weekend, so I plan to clean out the rust, paint, and call it good. In the future I'll add some modifications and maybe some winter I'll hit up my friend who works as a sandblaster, but if I let myself be too much of a perfectionist I'll never actually use the thing!
ellymae, I'm not a fan of Matchlight and would not purchase it myself, but I'm even less a fan of waste. I think burning off rust is a pretty good use of free Matchlight. I'll save the rest for tailgating.