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UDS Intake Suggeations?

 
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BamaSmokin
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05 15 9:56 pm    Post subject: UDS Intake Suggeations? Reply with quote

Guys, what are you using for intake on the UDS other than the pipe and caps? Looking for a cleaner look.
Suggestions or photos would be great.
Thanks in advance.
James
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Tony
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05 15 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's some pics that may get 'Ya thinkin'...

Laughing

Seriously...















Clean, Simple Look-Easy to Fab-Low Cost.

JMHO..

Hope this Helps! Wink

Best Regards,

Tony Very Happy
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k.a.m.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06 15 7:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are some I have done.




I built an adapter for the valve shaft.





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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06 15 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys.

Hey KAM, on the last pic you sent. That design has my attention. So what keeps the flats suspended once opened? What I mean is...when you lift the star to open the vent, what keeps it from falling back down covering the hole?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06 15 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BamaSmokin wrote:
Thanks guys.

Hey KAM, on the last pic you sent. That design has my attention. So what keeps the flats suspended once opened? What I mean is...when you lift the star to open the vent, what keeps it from falling back down covering the hole?
Thanks

BamaSmokin, I used a damper adjuster off of an HVAC unit. The wing nut on the end tightens up and holds the 1/4" rod.
You can see better pics on page three here. Very Happy
http://thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=45314&postdays=0&postorder=asc
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 11 15 2:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the help fellas. I'll try to post pics if I can ever figure out how to do it on my iphone.
Thanks again.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13 15 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't get sucked into looking at all the BDS's shown here (Beautiful Drum Smokers). If you want a proper UDS, punch 3 1" holes 120 degrees apart (NOT on the vertical weld seam). Screw your air valve into one, and put a couple of those credit card magnets over the other two. Super simple, super low tech, works perfectly. They last for several cooks, then you'll have to find other ones. At a big show at the end I saw a guy with huge stacks of un-given-away magnet cards and asked him if I could take a handful. Been lasting me for several years now. Nobody would call my drum cooker purty but it cooks just great.

But if I had to make a fancy air intake, think of cutting a no. 10 can into your drum down low. That gives you a flat surface (the bottom of the can) where you can use a proper butterfly vent. Once you make the transition from round to flat, things become much easier.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13 15 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

seattlepitboss wrote:
Don't get sucked into looking at all the BDS's shown here (Beautiful Drum Smokers). If you want a proper UDS, punch 3 1" holes 120 degrees apart (NOT on the vertical weld seam). Screw your air valve into one, and put a couple of those credit card magnets over the other two.

You missed the boat by recommending a valve Grant.
A true UDS is built on the K.I.S.S. method. Using all magnets would be more in line with that, not adding a valve.
Just because we exercise our minds and want to build complicated intakes for drums doesn't make them any better or worse than any other drum. I do it because I can plain and simple.
I believe you were the person that told a member here to forget about using a stick welder on thin material. I believe I was the one that said sure you can I do it all the time.
Look closely at the pics, there are your welds. Wink








And just in case we want to discuss "Well those are just tacks"
I welded this drum ring completely to a drum lid to make a 4" extended lid.
Was it easy? Nope not in the least, and some parts turned ugly due to the piss poor metal drums are made from.
Can you weld on a drum with stick? Why yes you can.

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