Woo Hoo! Got er done today! I started out by adding the therm and handles on the sides. Then I drilled the lid holes and added the handle. I totally agree with Tip, the most crucial tool I had was my wife's seamstress tape. I can't imagine building one of these without one. A must have for every UDS build!
On to the basket. I used the 13.5" Weber grill trick for the bottom with two sheets of 1/2" X 12" X 24" expanded metal wrapped around and held with rebar tie. I cut some 1/2" stainless threaded rod I had left over from my ECB mod and turned that into legs. I was hesitant about using 1/2" expanded metal instead of 3/4" but thought what the heck, it will be a nice 12" basket! The handle is a 3' strip of aluminum bolted on.
Here it is loaded up almost 3/4 of the way. I threw in a couple chunks of apple I had for good measure.
Fired up exactly 10 bricks in the chimney and placed them in the middle of the basket. Didn't take long at all to come up to speed. It was a total of 45 minutes between lighting the chimney and reaching cooking temp of 230. Not bad!
I have had it dialed in at 240 since 5:15 with only minor adjustments in air flow. Talk about consistent heat, wow!
My only concern is that my ET-73 mid grate is reading 240 and the barrell therm BQ300 is reading just 175. Is there that much disparity from center to edge? Or, is it because I have no food in there? Seems like a big gap in readings.