Thanks for the input KidCurry!
So I finally started. I still dont have the hardware for the intakes, but that will be a simple install once the holes are cut. Here are some pics of the drum I got from Sunwest. It still needs to be washed out with lots of dawn dish soap, but I wanted to wait till I finished drill holes to wash.
I had some extra time after work today, so I built the fire basket. It wasnt as hard as I thought it would be. I dont have a welder, so I did the no weld method. I just hand bent the expanded metal in a C shape to roughly match the grate. I used stainless steel wire to attach it to the grate. I also used 1/4" x 3/4" stainless bolts to attach the two 12" x 24" expanded metal sheets at the ends. The legs are 1/4" x 3" stanless bolts with 1" stainless fender washers and bolts. All I need to do now is find a handle, and ash pan. I think ill use a large pizza pan for ash pan. Still not sure for handle. I might just use the extra wire, or some chain.
Here are some pics with dimensions. I think it will be big enough for long cooks (18+ hours) if I ever do one. Is that a correct assumption?
Thanks again for all your help so far! Ill keep you posted on the rest of the build.