I am only to page 350 of this thread but do have my UDS built. I used the Drum kit from Big Poppa Smokers a Brethren member. Found a closed top stainless drum , which is why I have the Weber lid on it. When it was done and not painted it just didn't look right without paint. So today It got a coat of black paint. Still not sure where or if I will put the handles on. Will be breaking it in all week for a party next weekend.