Thanks for the compliments guys. It was a bit nerve wracking, posting in front of the pros.
CambuiAl, it is Welsh dragon red. She's named in honor of a big chain smoking girl I knew back in the valleys. Awesome UDS by the way, the handles are a thing of beauty.
WJM, there was a 3 inch hole right in the middle but to be on the safe side, I drilled another 8 one inch holes at random intervals at the bottom. I did find some expanded steel on some UK website but you had to order a massive amount. Maybe it's worth us Brits getting together and chipping in.