Anyone on here ever built one? I'm sure some of y'all have as they're pretty popular. It's something that I thought I'd like to build some day.
I found this old drum in an old fallen down barn. This barn used to be the local post office like 100-150+ years ago. The drum looks to be in pretty good overall shape. The thing is going off of facts I know it's been sitting out there for at least 20 years. I'd be shocked to find out that it hasn't been out there for 30+ years, and if I'm placing a bet I'm betting my grandpa who was a farmer had it out there, and he died in 1975 from a drowning accident put out fish traps. That mean It's likely been out the for 44+ years. The barns been collapsed for I'd say 15+ years and it took a lot of damage from tornadoes spun off of Hurricane Hugo back in 89 so the barrel has seen some of the outdoor elements for sure.
What do y'all think? Is something like this worth trying to make a grill with? I did find 2 tiny pin hole in the bottom of it, but I had to really look to find them, and tapping on it the drum feels and sounds solid. It doesn't seem like it's eaten thru with a bunch of rust is what I'm saying. The thing is how clean does the metal on a grill need to be to use it? Anything more than surface rust is a real PITA to remove and IDK what the inside of it looks like. If I coul d just clean off any loose rust with a wire wheel and flapper, weld in the two small pin holes, and paint it with some high temp paint it might be fine.
Again what do y'all think? I've seen new one for sell from Uline for like $95. Also any idea's on a build. What I mean is something more than just a basic grill. Could you add a smoker to it? Dammit, guys, I'm a machinist not a chef! How does a smoker built into a grill function off it?