After spending several weeks reading EVERY
post in the mother of all UDS threads, I built a couple myself. I didn't re-invent the wheel, rather I followed those before me and built them rather simple (Thanks to everyone in that thread!!!). I bought two drums, one open top with a liner and one unlined closed top. I didn't have a Weber for a lid for the closed top drum, but I do have a friend with metal working tools and skills that I talked into fabricating a lid for me!
While I'm not big into the competition scene, some friends and I do a couple of local events each year. The first event was last weekend at the 24th Annual Founder's Day Festival in Dripping Springs, Texas. This year had 130 teams competing. We fininshed 4th in Chicken and made the final table (top 20) with our Brisket, Fajitas, and second Chicken entry. There is also a Best Pit competition and I entered my new UDS almost as a joke as there are some really nice, expensive offset pits out there. Well, the judges were impressed enough to award me 3rd Place