So I finally got to use my drum this weekend. For the last month or so, every time I was gonna smoke something, the wife would invite people over for Q. I don't like cooking on a new smoker for company. It was just two of us yesterday...so out came the drum. I was pretty lucky...I got most of my stuff for free. I work on all kinds of industrial jobs....so I get to pick up lots of stuff. The only thing I had to buy was the bottom charcoal grate, and the three handles. Not too bad. She aint real purty....but she runs great! It was about 20° out yesterday, and I had no trouble keeping the drum at 220-250°. I still need to get a permanent thermometer. I was using my deep fryer therm yesterday. I did a rack of pork, and a rack of beef ribs. Ribs turned out great! Very tender and moist! I don't foil my ribs.....but I do spritz with some juice every now and then.