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My completed UDS build (w/ pics)

 
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johnodon



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18 11 11:15 pm    Post subject: My completed UDS build (w/ pics) Reply with quote

Well, it took about 2 weeks but I finally finished my UDS. Smile

First, my $10 drum. This one is unlined and held veggie oil in a prior life.




Next I used masking tape to get the circumference and divided by 3 for the 1" intake holes.





Now, drill my pilot holes.




And finally the 1" intake holes.





Next....THE BURN!!!! Here is my weapon of choice.



BURN BABy BURN!!!






Now to make her pretty. Grind away.




Primer and paint.



Primed first...



And painted (I'll get the to lid next)...



Now...about that lid. I definitely wanted a dome lid but I know a lot of people had issues finding one that fits nicely. I wanted one that I didn't need to makes any mods to (i.e. hammering out the rim). I checked Walmart, Sears, Target, Lowes and HD. I finally found teh perfect sized lid at K-mart. The ID is exactly 22 7/8" and the OD of my drum is 22 5/8". It if a perfectly snug fit!!!







Prime/paint the intakes. I am using 2 vertical and one capped.




Mount the intakes (My lowes had only 1 3/4" ball valve in stock).






U-bolts installed as grate supports (forgot to take pics of the handles and thermos being installed).




This is pretty much the finished product. Getting ready for seasoning.



Almost forgot...my fire box. 16" pizza pan, 16" charcoal grate from donated grill and 2x sheets of 12 x 24 expanded metal w/ hog clips.





Seasoning. Top grate holdinhg steady @ 300. The bottom grate is about 15 hotter.






Hopefully I will be able to use my new baby for the first time tomrrow. Smile

John
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19 11 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very clean Build, now get it dirty Razz
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19 11 1:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Outstanding build John!

I have the same weed burner - love the sound of the "turbo" boost! Exclamation

Thanks for sharing.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19 11 4:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful build, but a question.....in looking at the Kmart site, the BBQ Pro that you used for the lid is $45.00. How did you get just the lid, or did you spend that for the whole thing, just to acquire the lid?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19 11 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent work. That baby looks excellent... Good Job!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19 11 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice clean build there johnodon........building one of these is next on my list after the project in my signature gets done. I got the barrel and the parts, just need to put her together.

Cool. Cool

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19 11 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thevinoman wrote:
Beautiful build, but a question.....in looking at the Kmart site, the BBQ Pro that you used for the lid is $45.00. How did you get just the lid, or did you spend that for the whole thing, just to acquire the lid?


I bought the entire grill but I also made us of the top grate and the bottom grate (for the fire box). If you are creative enough you can probably make use of just about all of the parts. Smile

Now that it is properly seasoned I am doing 2 racks of spare ribs today and a citrus chicken tomorrow.

John
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20 11 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice job!

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20 11 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey I like your build. I just got done with mine like yours with a kettle lid. I'm curious how your vertical intakes work out. Looks great and hope it works! Good job.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20 11 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BriGreentea wrote:
Hey I like your build. I just got done with mine like yours with a kettle lid. I'm curious how your vertical intakes work out. Looks great and hope it works! Good job.


To be honest, I may ditch the vertical intakes and move them to the bottom. They just don't seem to suck a lot of air. In fact, there were times when I actually saw smoke coming out of them. That doesn't seem right to me.

When I take the cap off of the bottom intake, the temp rises quickly. I think I am going with 3 bottom intakes...all with ball valves.

John
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21 11 12:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

johnodon wrote:
BriGreentea wrote:
Hey I like your build. I just got done with mine like yours with a kettle lid. I'm curious how your vertical intakes work out. Looks great and hope it works! Good job.


To be honest, I may ditch the vertical intakes and move them to the bottom. They just don't seem to suck a lot of air. In fact, there were times when I actually saw smoke coming out of them. That doesn't seem right to me.When I take the cap off of the bottom intake, the temp rises quickly. I think I am going with 3 bottom intakes...all with ball valves.

John


^^^^ Yep. That's what I had happen on my first UDS that I used an upright pipe on. Performs much better straight out the bottom. (1) ball valve and two other 3/4" nipples with caps works great. (1) open and use the (1) ball valve for fine tuning. Open the 3rd for high temp grilling.
BTW....nice job and you'll love it.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21 11 12:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm....that's interesting about smoke making its way out. I think what might be happening is that the pipe warms up and creates an updraft, just like a chimney. Perhaps just shortening it down should make a noticeable difference.
BTW, I followed your build thread on the other site. I'm Carbon over there...Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21 11 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

johnodon wrote:
BriGreentea wrote:
Hey I like your build. I just got done with mine like yours with a kettle lid. I'm curious how your vertical intakes work out. Looks great and hope it works! Good job.


To be honest, I may ditch the vertical intakes and move them to the bottom. They just don't seem to suck a lot of air. In fact, there were times when I actually saw smoke coming out of them. That doesn't seem right to me.

When I take the cap off of the bottom intake, the temp rises quickly. I think I am going with 3 bottom intakes...all with ball valves.

John



When I built my first one in 2010 one year ago it looked pretty then changed so much stuff on it turned ugly. But I used a very long vertical pipe on the right side (3/4 pipe with 3/4 intake) then used two ball valves on the front and left side. While my exhaust pipe was a good idea using a flange plate and a 1" pipe on top, I was warned it was not enough exhaust and it wasn't. If I used two of these then would have worked out.
http://s199.photobucket.com/albums/aa162/BrianCRX90/UDS%20project%202010/?action=view&current=IMAG0020.jpg

There is nothing wrong with your design but after my personal experience using one long vertical pipe was not working that combined with my very low amount of exhaust. Now the theory which is true that cold air drops through the pipe. I have seen designs where people only use one huge 2 inch pipe with a plate on top of the vertical pipe to control the oxygen. Here is a good video of this and he was smoking ribs and was 300 degrees. But I have no idea where to get that pipe.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejpbwAXdKf0&feature=related
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You did good................
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