My wife always raves to her parents about my Q and now her mom is retiring and throwing a party and wants me to "cater" it. The problem is they live in TX and don't have a smoker. I tried to talk my father in law into building a UDS but he went to the store and picked up a Brinkman before I could convince him to build the UDS. So the party is less than a week away and I have never used an ECB and I've got lots of questions. I've read through some of the forums looking for mods and important things to do with the smoker but work has been getting in the way of my smoker research and I thought I would see if I could get some help. My big question is: what are the most important mods so while we are putting it together we can set ourselves up for success? I'm also wondering what are the best methods for keeping the heat going (probably gonna make 2 briskets) for long periods of time? How much charcoal should I plan on? Any sort of advice would be much appreciated. Even links to good threads I can read. I'm a little scared since I'm just getting the hang of my Chargriller with the SFB I feel like this will be quite a bit different. Thanks in advance!