Well I decided to build a UDS. I want a smoker that doesn't require a ton of babysitting - at least not as much as my offset cooker. I don't always have all day to sit by a fire and feed a split every 30 minutes. The WSM is just out of my budget, but thought the UDS would be a good value and similar concept. Already bought the barrel which is food grade. I'll burn it out eventually. I want 2 racks so I bought a cheapo 22.5" kettle grill at Sears tonight (The BBQ Pro). It is currently on sale for $47. I figured I could get a dome lid and also a grate out of it. My only concern is that it is very cheap and the metal is really thin. Thinner than a Weber kettle. For those with experience with a UDS, will this be an issue with temp maintenance and control? Seems like the thin lid won't hold heat in as good. I mean it's not like aluminum foil thin, but just thinner than the Weber cousin. And significantly thinner metal than the drum. If the lid isn't going to be a good thing I can just take the grill back to Sears. Thanks! Looking forward to the build. This isn't something I'm going to start and finish this week, but will do it over the next few.