Thanks to everyone for their suggestions.
Today I ordered a white thermapen and a rotisserie. I plan on smoking a turkey later in the week and know that those items would be most helpful. I will also use the Auber sly-2362 that I have to keep the temps consistent. This will only be my second UDS burn and I didn't use it the first time out.
I have been looking at Cast iron pans and can see the benefit of the Fire bricks, Timer and Welding gloves.
It took me a while to figure out the Refractory mortar, I guess I had to "build up to it."
I'm still not specifically sure of the Ice pik...any help there Bludawg?