I can't believe I read this entire thread.. It only took me about a week. But like someone said about 200 pages ago, it is practically a right of passage for anyone building, of simple cooking on a UDS.
Finally picked mine up yesterday. Fellow Brethren member ratdawg made it for me. I was going to make one myself, but when I saw the quality in which he built his, I knew there was no way I could come close. Again, beautiful job John!
Rubbed it down and did my seasoning burn yesterday around 3:30.. Locked it in at 235 with ease. Still locked in at 235 at midnight, 8 1/2 hours later. During that time I was able to adjust the intake and get it up to 275 or down to 200 within a half hour.
Tapped the basket to drop the ash and went to bed. Woke up at 6 am and it was sitting at 200.. 14 1/2 hours and that was with the intake only opened about 1/4 inch.. Amazing!
I sold my offset and I'm officially a drumhead! Gonna throw a butt and a fatty on it tomorrow..