Howdy Gang!!! So I have had a barrel for a UDS in my garage for WAY TOO LONG, and cant get any traction. Momma bought me a barely used ECB for my birthday!! Don't ask me when that was..cause the ECB has sat too long too!! Let me say that maybe I can cook a little, but the resources and friendly folks here are helpful beyond words. I love what I am learning here every day! To that end, here are the 3 main links that are guiding my construction: http://www.smoking-meat.com/modify-brinkmann-ecb-smoker.html http://randyq.addr.com/ecb/ecbmods3.html http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=104545 Here is my gift...shiny and almost new...Looks like he built one fire and then never used it. Grates are uncooked on: Bought some 1/4" "legs"; high temp gasket rope and high temp RTV: Measure and drilled some holes for the legs: Didn't cut them to length...and fit inside smoker so may leave them: Drilled small holes every 4" for sheet metal screws to hold the gasket in place while RTV was drying. Like the guy before me, will prob leave screws in: Lid fits okay. Not super tight seal but has to be better than factory right?? In retrospect maybe drilled holes to "high" on lip, but you live and learn: Didn't drill the holes in ash pan yet, as I am still deciding damper vs. no damper on bottom. Couldn't find a darn 13" grate for fire pan or cheap thermometer for lid at Lowes or Wally World, so production stopped for today. Still need damper/chimney and thermo for lid; drill holes in fire pan and cheap electronic therm until I can swing Maverick. More to come in next day or so, including "Baptism by Ribs" first smoke. You vets have seen this a million times, but any questions, comment or pokes are welcome. Thanks for looking gang!!