After ordering and acquiring parts, along with a heavy travel schedule at work, the building of my UDS has finally begun in earnest. Got a new unlined food grade drum from Sooner Containers in Conroe, TX, just a couple miles up the highway from where I live. Ordered the Big Poppa kit, but I will not be following the plans exactly on this. Gonna add a dome lid and extra racks and have the ability to use a Weber hanging rack as well.
It will have 3 racks for cooking, one of which will double for the placement of the hanging rack. I will also put some bolts down low for a water pan or second level for coal basket for searing.
The Big Poppa Kit with a shelf too.
Picked up this puppy and I should be able to use the hing for the dome with just a tad bit of modification to the hinge attachment. $48 at Sam Walton's place
Got some 1/16 inch thick aluminum for the flashing so the lid would fit:
Will use 3 of the bolts attaching it as a grate holder. I will replace one of the long ones where the seam is with a shorter one. Just there for holding purposes
The lid hinges will need a spacer which I just got so it will align with the bottom hinge braket (not shown). Lid fits nice and tight. I will likely add a small bead of high temp silicone around the rim just to be sure. You can see my tape for the various measurements.