I have got to warn you that once you start cooking on the drum your other cooking equipment might begin to gather dust.
I used my to drum to cook some chuck roasts this past weekend. I cooked for almost nine hours and only made only one adjustment to the damper during the cook.
The temperature stayed between 225°F and 240°F, How is that for set it and forget it? The ease of operation is really amazing and flavor of the food is great. I have started using the drum soley for low and slow style cooking.
TexaQ, I have a feeling that will be the case. I assume that's your drum pics posted on the BBQ Brethren forum? Not regestered there, but I've been lurking on that thread for info.
The main thing I'm looking for is something that will be a little less "hands on" for long cooks such as brisket & butts. I love my CG, but those long cooks leave me exhausted staying up all night with a few little short naps here & there. Very demanding, which isn't always bad but I don't often have the time to be constantly tending the fire nowdays.
My drum doesn't have the removable lid so I had to cut out the top. I was thinking about getting a Weber kettle anyway for weeknight cooks, so I picked up a One Touch Gold this week and the lid fits my drum like it was made for it
I'll probably get started on construction tomorrow or Saturday, but my weekend is booked solid so I really don't see myself having much time to devote to it. I figure I probably won't finish it until sometime next week due to very little daylight when I get home from work.