Disclaimer: I should note that Iâ€™m stubborn and cheap, so Iâ€™m going to do it anyhowâ€¦. So Iâ€™m getting plans laid out to put together a bubba drum this weekend. When I bought the fasteners I found that stainless steel was more expensive than I was planning. So, and I know what you are going to say, I bought Zinc/Steel fasteners. My question is, how hot do I need to get them to make sure they are safe for smoking? Will burning them in a pile of hedge embers be enough, or should I get the propane torch out? Again, Iâ€™m cheap, so I didnâ€™t want to buy expanded metal on this go around, so I just bought 2 Weber grates. 1 for the top and 1 for the fuel. Iâ€™m going to run it without a basket for a while, until I can find the cheapest way to build one. Then Iâ€™ll have the grate for a second drum. I'm going to mount the fuel rack fasteners about 3" from the bottom. How far down do you guys mount the cooking grate? I'm guessing just far enough down for the largest pork butt. I'd really like to cook beer can chicken or maybe even a turkey in the drum, but would that put the grate too close to the heat? So far, the supplies have run me about $60 and Iâ€™m going to pick up the $12 drum today. They sure are proud of those ball valves; $10.00. Do the plastic components that serve as the gasket on those brass ball valves hold up to the heat?