Good point. But for $14 they're also well worth a shot.
For my boy's 1st birthday maybe I'll be set up to smoke some brisket!
Oh sure, worth a shot. You'll probably have to build a good fire in them to burn out the coating, but that's fine. For my money it was worth the $45 to get one cleaned up from a used barrel place, with a lid. It's not stainless, but you don't need stainless anyway.
I would give these guys a call - tell them you want an open head drum, cleaned up but unpainted/finished. You want the lid in the same condition with the old gasket removed and not replaced, and if they have a lid that already has a bung you're all set. Tell them it's for a smoker, but be really clear you want an open head drum - for smokers they'll think you want a closed head drum to cut in half lengthwise.
Midwest Barrels Inc
4925 N Oak Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60656-402