Wow, this is the mother of all threads!
Took me a month to read this thing. UDS 1 is built and smoking a brisket right now. Just got the rest of my baskets from the welder for the fleet.
Note to those about to build. KISS, KISS, KISS. Get a simple one working first. Leave the bells and whistles for the subsequent builds.
Thanks for all the great posts. The BBQ that this drum makes is out of this world.