So my first UDS is almost done, and a big big thanks to all the advice from folks on here.
All that's left is some kind of side handles. Since its stainless I thought these might be cool http://www.sea-dog.com/groups/2430-s-style-stud-cleat
but seem pretty steep.
I'll tally up what it cost once totally done but ball park is $150 including $15 step bit which is toast for 1" now but that's ok, it was a trouper. Since it was a free stainless drum I went all stainless parts, bolts, etc (except fire-basket) so it could have been a bit less. My hope is if I got it close to right I might use it forever.
Again, thanks and thanks and thanks to everyone, lately coewar in particular.
Doing some wings on it now, couldn't wait for finding the handles. Been fiddling with vents too keep within 200-250. I wouldn't say it's "cruising" yet but I'm learning.