I have ordered the last of the needed parts for a UDS that friend is building me for a Bday present. this will be my first serious smoker so I have a few Questions about when I get it. he is recycling the drum and burning it out three times, do I still need to season it when I get it? do you really get a "taste" from Briquettes? what should I smoke first? I have a picnic shoulder in the freezer or should I go by a Butt to smoke first...... that is probably the most important question of them all ;) wish me Luck!!