Rusty Pup's First UDS Build
Let me preface this by repeating what I said in my Cattle Call post - YOU. GUYS. ROCK!
I joined this forum just to say that when y'all unknowingly helped me to cook a top round roast on my OTS to perfection, then I stayed for... well... ummm... just because!
I started digging into the forums a bit, then made a horrible mistake - I found the mother of all UDS threads. Prior to this, I'd never heard of a UDS. Ok, I knew that folks made smokers out of drums and such (my grandfather had one made out of an old 1950s refrigerator,) but I'd never heard them called by that name. Well, I think I got to page 3 and decided that I had to build one. As of today, I still haven't read the entire thread (I'm on page 363,) but I'm working on it. Suffice to say, I decided to start this thread rather than document the entire build on that thread.
Let me also say that I'm NO kind of metal worker. I work with wood (in one form or another for about 35 years) but my metal working knowledge can be held in an average non-metallic thimble. As a result, I don't have many tools made for metal. I have a lot of shop tools that can be used on metal, but I got them for woodworking.
With that in mind, I'm approaching this build as a mope who has no metal working experience (other than grinding the paint off a trailer to repaint it,) limited metal working tools, a lot of ambition, and an average amount of energy. I do have a favor to ask the more seasoned builders, however. That is: If you see that I'm getting ready to make a big-arsed mistake (other than getting into that long UDS thread to begin with, that is) PLEASE LET ME KNOW!
I do know how to handle my tools, I do try to keep safety foremost in my mind, and I'm fairly confident in my skills - but nobody knows everything. Please feel free to chime in with any/all comments, suggestions, warnings, requests, or demands for payment*. Ok, enough of that - let's get to building.
*Demands for payment must be typed up in triplicate, notarized, accompanied by a postage paid envelope, and hand carried to my home by a 23 year old blonde nymphomaniac who owns a Ferrari dealership.
OTS - UDS - Don't have a UDS? Well why not?