While poking around here in the forum I herd about the UDS and the Mother of all threads over on the Brethren site. Well after a couple of nights of reading I only made it through 110 pages. With 90+ to go I figured I had enough information to be dangerous.
Last week I acquired a 55 Gal (FOOD GRADE) drum.
Couple of holes in the bottom and a good burn.
Used 2" of the the top ring from a (found on the side of the road) Webber one touch. I used 4 stainless bolts to hold ring in place and rest the grill grate on. I ran out of BBQ paint so I also used some regular flat black that I had laying around.
Mid week I did a test run / seasoning burn with just some oil rubbed on the inside. She ran 5 hrs at 250 with 3.5 lbs of lump and some Lemon sticks.
Friday I got up at 4am and put 3 shoulders on. Loaded the basket up wiht 10 Lbs of Hardwood Briquet's and hickory chunks. She was running a little hot for the first 2 hrs until I got in to settled down to 225. Around the 7 hr mark is started to cool down so I shook the basket to knock the ash down. The total cook was 14 Hrs. Pulled when internal temp hit @ 190.
Not too bad if I do say so.