Joined here a few months back, read a good majority of this thread, and with a big push from a guy named Bacchus in ATL, I've started building my first UDS. Thank you to all who have posted their advice, trials, and expertise.
So far, I've drilled four 1" intake holes, then did the burn-out on the food grade drum, then used a Norton 4" stripping wheel to bring the inside and outside down to bare metal. Waiting for my welder to finish the coal basket, then install the cooking grate and thermo.
Cannot wait to do the seasoning to see how this thing handles. Hopefully this joker will finish the basket this week. Hoping...don't think I'm exactly his priority customer. lol