OK.... It's black! I'm not tellin' how.
It'll be fun to light it off & see how it runs. Maybe this week sometime. I made a little ash pan for it from a scrap os 16 GA steel. All that's left is to make a shaker handle. It's got all new bolts, but I salvaged most of the square nuts. Each one was a project, had to heat them red to get them off the broken bolts and then tap each one to clean up the threads. Furnace cement did a good job sealing the seams.
I didn't dare do anything but clean the galvanized housing. I thought paint would just peel so I steel wool'd it & let it be.