Hey everyone. BBQ rookie here living in North Jersey about 10 minutes from NYC. I'm glad to see that there is a place to be able to share with and learn from others about this awesome topic. I built my UDS from a kit that was purchased through Big Poppa Smokers. They provided everything except the 55-gallon drum. I purchased that locally at a drum and barrel container vendor. I'm a rookie and as I type this I'm running my smoker for the first time. Naturally, I have a ton of questions! For starters, I've heard that you're supposed to run your first burn for a few hours. Can anybody tell me how long? Also, I'm running my first burn with charcoal only. They're burning hot as hell as the temp has reached 450* in the drum, however there is no smoke! Is that because there is no wood burning? Anyway, thanks in advance! Looking forward to speaking with you guys (and/or gals).