Good morning all. I've been a lurker for a while, grabbing some good ideas here and there. Everyone's smokers look awesome. I recently got a big itch to build one and start smoking meat. We did the burn and clean out with a wire wheel. I went to the dump and found a lid and a basket from someone's firepit. The big thing here that is different, is that we decided to make the top 2/3 of the barrel able to be removed to allow access to the coal box area. We used a of steel in 8 spots cut to about 4" to act as a guide for the top part to sit in. We lined the channel with some rope gasket and rtv. The next parts, well everyone does, the racks and cutting to size. Then final paint. Going to this week do the season cook in it. The final product. There are some rough edges that I am going to hit with a sanding block.