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My UDS build. Plus Deflector??

 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06 10 12:56 am    Post subject: My UDS build. Plus Deflector?? Reply with quote

I made a 30gal UDS. Got the new drum for free so figured why not. Below are some pics of it.

Did my burn out last weekend and doing a dry run Saturday to check temps and cooking ribs Sunday.

I am thinking it may be a good idea to use a heat deflector using a smaller drum. What are some of the deflectors ya'll use or have seen used. Thanks!!



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06 10 1:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like it! My next UDS is gonna be a small one like this.
I want a smaller one to take camping, tailgating. After an all day softball tournament it would be great to have some Q waiting for us along with the cold beers!
I'll be keeping an eye on this build and especially when you get a test burn and your first cooks. It'll be interesting to see how it performs holding temps. Please keep us updated
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06 10 1:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will. On my dry run tomorrow I plan on keeping a pretty good log of the times and temps. I will post them Saturday night.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06 10 1:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't use a deflector or difusser on mine and it works well. Pork butts brisket, ribs. I have 2 rack levels. I rotate the meats partway thru cook though.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06 10 5:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No idea on the heat deflector as I don't use one on my 55, but I am really liking your 30gal build..ALOT..Might start looking into trying to build a smaller one in 30gal form now..

DARN YOU AND YOUR PICS!
Wife is gonna kill me if I build another..lol..
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06 10 6:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am thinking of wraping the bottom rack in HD foil and poking some holes in it to let the drippings fall thru, but still able to deflect the heat.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06 10 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

very cool! are you by chance from texas? i know whataburger when i see it!!! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06 10 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pulled pork, awesome looking cooker build right there my man. Very Happy Very nice work indeed. I look forward to seeing your first cook. Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06 10 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

almost hate to see it get dirty Exclamation Very nice
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06 10 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use a diffuser in my UDS for one main reason; we prefer too catch the dripings rather than them drip back onto the coals. Some like the flavor that the drippings give but we don't.

I took another barrel lid and cut the lip off with a saw-zaw. This allows the lid to fit inside the barrel nice and easy.

Next I bought a drip bowl from Academy,4 bucks, made a template and cut the hole for the pan in the lid.

I used a 2.5 hole bit and cut as many holes in the lid between the drip pan and the rim all the way around.

I think I measured 4 inches above the fire for the bottom of the drip pan to rest. Add 3 bolts inline with the others that hold the top rack and good to go!!

Doing all that basically gives you equivalent of a WSM.

Don't be afraid to try something new and have fun !!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07 10 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the input and the compliments.

I did my dry run today and want to post the times and temps. I used about 7lbs of charcoal and 6-7 Hickory wood chunks. I started by loading a chimny with coal. Once it was hot I poured it on top of the coal and the wood and closed the lid. And here is what I got.

My intake is 2 3/4" ball valves with 4 - 3/4" exhaust

10:06 lid on
10:22-200 deg both valves fully open
11:06-210
11:15-225
11:45-250
11:53-275 Closed one valve
12:03-230 (and droping fairly quickly) Opend closed valve to 1/2 open.
12:30-245 Closed valve to 1/4 open
12:50-235
1:45-230
2:00-230 (Had to leave and go to a birthday party)
4:30-200 Opened 1/2 open valve to fully open
4:40-225
5:20-225
5:45-225
6:00-220 (and slowly droping)

Took a little getting used to. But I think will be able to it around 230ish fairly easily now. Ribs tomorrow!!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07 10 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good lookin cooker, nice temp numbers. Didja use a deflector or wrap the bottom rack?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09 10 4:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dmike25 wrote:
Good lookin cooker, nice temp numbers. Didja use a deflector or wrap the bottom rack?


I just wraped the bottom rack with foil. Seemed to serve it's purpose.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09 10 4:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First smoke went pretty good. Did some ribs. One problem I had was my recovery time at first. I got it to 230 then put the ribs on. When I put the ribs on it was taking forever for the heat to start climbing. So I drilled 2 ea 3/8 holes. One on each end. My temps started climbing shortly after. So I am going to drill those out to 3/4 and have those where I can just cap them.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09 10 4:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mine runs spot on @235.That works great for Me.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09 10 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BigPhil32 wrote:
very cool! are you by chance from texas? i know whataburger when i see it!!! Very Happy


I saw that too!!
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