I was directed to announce my presence to everyone here in this forum. I'm not new to smoking but have been on a long hiatus after living in cramped quarters for the past several years. My buddy got a smoker a few months ago, which got me all excited about getting back into the hobby (obsession). Luckily I stumbled onto this site and found a lot of really useful information to help me jump back in.
My plan is to build an electric smoker resembling the UDS that seems to be the standard around here. I have no welding or fabricating experience, so mine likely won't be as pretty as most. My steel drums are scheduled to arrive next week, so I'm excited to get started building. Ultimately, I'd like to do something in the same vein as this guy: http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/forum/thread/95284/esmoking-has-been-achieved since I'm more of an electronics tinkerer that happens to love smoked food.
I'll keep everyone updated on my progress and will definitely continue to enjoy these forums. Thanks for having me.