Just wanted to introduce myself. I am an avid cook, but fairly new to BBQ. I have done a few cooks on a makeshift smoker at our Camp in VT. But nothing very good. I have learned how to use my Gas Grill to produce some fairly good ribs, but decided late last summer that I really wanted to do it right. SO I am building my first UDS. I am using the top from a cheap 22 1/2 grill. I dropped my barrel off at the sandblaster yesterday, and he said it should be done tomorrow. If all goes according to plan i should be able to burn it out Friday, and maybe get it built Saturday. If that works I may be smoking something for the Pats game Saturday!!!