The barbecue you will build in this project, based on a 55-gallon drum (Figure 21.1), is one of those quintessential do-it-yourself (DIY) projects that I thought had to be featured in this book. I used to be reluctant to use 55-gallon drums for much of anything because the thin-wall sheet metal it’s made out of can be difficult to weld to, and when it is left outside, it can rust pretty quickly. The combination of elements from being left outside and frequent temperature changes when using a barbecue means that the drums frequently give way to rust rather quickly. I made a few alterations to my 55-gallon barbecue design that I think will help to make this project one that lasts quite a while.
FIGURE 21.1 Barbecue.