Howdy all. New to this forum. Usually hang out on pellet forums as my primary pit is a MAK 2-Star General.
Got curious about the drum smoking scene when I saw Big Poppa offering a kit for building a drum smoker. I'm not all that handy at metalwork, so I figured this was my only shot at it.
Got a used food-grade drum locally, had it sandblasted, I drilled it, then had it powder-coated. Installed the kit per the instructions and voila! I got me a (not so) UDS!
It has a 2-position basket which is great for any kind of cooking I'm likely to do. When in the lower position, I put an old Weber grate in the upper position to hold a pan of water. Got a couple extras with this - The GrillGrates for grilling, and the optional side table, which I mounted on the front. I have already decided I'll get another one and mount them on either side over the handles. A couple extra holes with silicone grommets so I can use my Maverick on this beast.
First cook was a simple grill - Ribeye, Flat iron Steak, and a nice Salmon Fillet. Next cook will be a spatchcock chicken, followed by a few racks of spares. Once I get my temp control down, moving on to pork butt and brisket!
Thanks for looking!