I'm making a barbecue out of an old oil drum, for meets of a brilliant forum called Scottish-Vanners After searching for weeks and weeks a lad from the forum said he could source some, so I picked a dozen up from Aberdeenshire on Tuesday They used to contain glucose sugar syrup so smell funny Made a wee start on it yesterday: Drum sits in the middle of the frame with space for big shelves each end. The end pieces will be able to be used as handles to carry it about. The frame is about 6ft long Then today: I tacked the legs on, clamp the lower cross piece in, then pulled the legs tight with a ratchet strap All legs and lower cross braces welded on. The cross peices are angle iron and will be used to support another shelf That should be the welding on the main frame finished now Marked up and cut one side of the hatch on the barrel. Then welded the hinges on. Saves trying to weld the hinges with the hatch flapping about all over the place Cut out the rest of the hatch: That's it for today. I've never made a bbq before, has anybody more knowledgeable than me got any tips on the charcoal side of things? Would it be best sat directly on the bottom of the barrell, or ontop of a lower grille? (I have seen both done) Do I need to add any vents?