Hello all, I have most of my components so far. I need to take pictures and itemize everything so far. I am an open book, so that means I will list the absurd prices that I paid. I have a thick skin....and a wife who has certain demands about what type of components will be used. She is extremely cautious about our family's safety and she asked that I use a new barrel. Since I have no welding experience, I am using the no weld method for the entire assembly. Progress as it happens, can be seen here: http://dbarnett.smugmug.com/gallery/...28537579_mvvh2 So here is my list so far: (Some prices have been rounded to nearest dollar.) 1. 55 Gallon Drum Open Head from Grainger Industrial Supply. - $122 after tax. 2. Spicewine Iron Works Thermometer - $26 after shipping. This thermometer is nice and solid. Check out the thickness: 3. 24"x24" expanded metal for charcoal basket from HD- $18.74 4. Replacement food grate from Weber 22.5" grill from HD- $16.99 5. Replacement Charcoal grate from 22.5 inch grill from HD - $10.97 6. Quantity (3) 3/4 inch nipples (3 inch length) from HD- $2.94 7. Quantity 2 3/4 Nipple Caps from HD - $2.08 8. 1 inch hole saw to cut holes for 3/4 inch pipes from HD - $9.79 9. Quantity (8) 5/16 SS washers for charcoal basket from HD - 10. Quantity (8) 5/16 SS hex nuts for charcoal basket from HD -$2.00 11. Quanity (8) 5/16 SS hex bolts for charcoal basket from HD - $2.64 12. 3/4 inch ball valve threaded on both ends rom HD - $8.79 TOTAL SO FAR: $224.30 I will need to update the list as I need to purchase 3 handles, (2 on the sides and 1 on the lid.), and some more bolts/nuts/washers to stand the charcoal grate 2.5 inches off the bottom of the barrel and to hold the food racks in place. I will post some assembly pictures on my Smugmug account as I go. Please keep in mind that I have 2 young boys who think I am Zuess right now and a full time job, and a 1 week vacation coming up, so assembly will have to take some time.