Yeah let the hickory fully season or you will a bitter and strong taste
No kidding! I wanted to get started way earlier but haven't gotten around to it.
I've been traveling a bit more lately with work during the week, so on the weekends the last thing I want to do is spend several hours away from family or friends down in the basement working on the UDS.
My hope is that since I have a free weekend coming up, I'll drill my holes on Saturday morning and burn it out Saturday afternoon - weather permitting.