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Simple UDS here's how I do it.
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darylcincy
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28 12 7:44 pm    Post subject: make a UDS Reply with quote

I made a UDS ugly drum smoker, it was easy to make and really didnt cost that much.
Heres a video of my UDS build.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RG06SxJMaJA&feature=plcp
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fattedhogbbq
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27 12 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Daryl, good job on them videos. I got a kick outta them.

You did good, I say THNX for that
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27 12 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fattedhogbbq wrote:
Daryl, good job on them videos. I got a kick outta them.

You did good, I say THNX for that


Thank You Sir,
Glad you enjoyed them, Thank's for watching!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11 13 11:24 pm    Post subject: Basic Question Reply with quote

I am new here, but been alurking for a bit.

I sort of backed into this UDS stuff, with help from son...been smoking meat for years, mostly brisket and have helped a friend to has walk-in and sells his stuff here in gray market, so am not complete stranger to smoking.

Was going to build stone smoker in backyard, but this is way easier.

Thanks for the above excellent advice and information.

I built small, 30 gal version, 3 .75" vents and one .75 ball valve. I over did some things on purpose.

Chimney is near 2.5 inch in diameter with damper.

Have not been able to post pic but will, I figure it out.

The question...I figured to put thermometer in top, but most are in barrel...heat rises, so why not stick it in top and factor in temp diff at center area? Besides, seems removing it will keep it going longer...

Thanks.

FYI, I bought midsized Weber to use top, but wanted more height, so went with SS salad bowl with chimney top center. Bowl is 22 inches in diameter, and used three ss bolts to stabilize in breezes
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11 13 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BobBill, welcome to the ring. Looking forward to seeing some pics of your cooks. Smile
By placing a 12" turkey therm 1" under the grate you are reading actual grate temps. Being under the grate also allows you to remove the grate without disturbing the therm.
I hope this helps. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12 13 2:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, it does and thank-you.

I have not fired it up yet as the snow and ice has messed up plans. I have a new drum and forgot to burn or scour inside to remove the anti rust coating...I torched it and saw not change, but learned the stuff is there, soooo

And then there is the thermometer which I was going to stick on the top, but am going with the advice here and sticking as indicated in side of barrel and get the turkey thingy later.

I guess pics I cannot put up, unless as avatar, will try that.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12 13 2:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pictures need to be hosted somewhere on the web.

Size your pictures to no bigger than 650 px on the longest side, host them on an image hosting site, flikr, imageshack, photobucket, or on your own hosting space.

Then to post them in your post, insert the image URL between the [img] and [/img] tags and your picture is in your post.

There are more comprehensive instructions here. http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=47314
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aarondramp



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30 13 2:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I read the entire thread in the Cookers Sticky forum on the UDS and have lurked this forum for a while. It's time for me to get to this build, so I need to get a drum. Once I get that part, then the rest should be easy with all of the info on here.

I checked a local sandblasting place, and they quoted me $80 for sandblasting a 55 gallon steel drum, which isn't in the budget, so I'll be doing this myself. Is the best method to just get a really hot fire and then some coarse sandpaper and go to work on it? Any other tips for cleaning it up and getting it ready?

I found a few options for a steel drum on craigslist. Which of these looks best? They are both from the same place.

http://charlotte.craigslist.org/for/3762536118.html

http://charlotte.craigslist.org/for/3762534111.html

The second pic shows a possible Weber lid in the background which would be nice to get as well.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30 13 6:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

aarondramp, it appears the second pic is lined, avoid them if at all possible, I would call and ask about the first.

A good burn out and a wire wheel in a grinder should take care of everything, if it's not lined.

Good luck with it, any more questions, ask away. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30 13 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One more question on the drum...

How do I know if a drum is food grade? This one I found was used for mineral oil. As long as I burn it out am I good to go?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30 13 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

aarondramp, IMO, I wouldn't worry at all about a food grade drum, just make sure there is no liner, they are a PITA.

My drum had motor oil in it. A wipe down and a good burn out takes care of everything.....except epoxy liners. Shocked

Make sure you drill out your intakes before you burn it out.

Good luck. Very Happy

BTW, you may get more and quicker answers if you start your own build thread, up to you though. Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 09 17 9:46 pm    Post subject: UDS Build from youtube Reply with quote

I have seen a lot of UDS builds, this one is at the top.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86VXjXfiAlc
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