this will be a real time thread. you will see it as i do! just a few minutes ago i put a whole chicken on the uds for later this evening. lets start this off with some back ground before pics. this will be my first time smoking a chicken, my first time using the uds, and my third smoke ever. i grill quite a bit but im new to the smoking world. so i guess i wont keep everyone waiting any longer! i just got the new charcoal basket welded up today. prior to this i had an old camping grill that i drilled a bunch of holes in. this turned out great! i got home and went to get her started up and realized i didnt have enough charcoal. sooo i had to make a trip to the hardware store down the street. luckily its close. now that im home and the uds is heating up i got the bird all seasoned up with my favorite seasoning and some olive oil. plus ive got one more of my current favorite beer to drink! its in the smoker now! i cannot wait to taste it! im running it at about 275 on my dome thermometer. im estimating closer to 300 at the grate. i dont have a maverick yet so nothing fancy here. im gonna let it run for at least 2 hours before i open it to check the temps. in the charcoal basket ive got a mixture of ozark and royal oak with 2 decent sized pieces of pecan. ive also got a diffuser sitting on top of my charcoal basket (wal mart pizza pan). ive already got that elusive blue smoke. as soon as i open it up ill post some more pics! hopefully it turns out great!