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bbohanon
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05 10 2:13 am    Post subject: New UDS and Pics Reply with quote

Been lurking here for a while and decided to build a UDS based on all the good info I found on em. Been suffering on an aging un-modified Chargriller and got tired of not being able to get a full cook time out of it when smoking butts/ribs so UDS, here I come.

Started with a new barrel. I have kids so I took no chances on a reconditioned one. Safety first!

Pic of the burnout:



Built my charcoal basket out of 2 pieces of expanded steel I bought on sale at Home Depot and mounted it on a new Weber Charcoal grill grate. I did not cut the sides down or anything on the basket. Too lazy to do that and there was no need to cut it down. I just don't fill it up.

Put a valve on a pipe on one side and nipple/capped the other 3.

Barrel had a 2" Bung so I did not put anything non-stock on or in the Bung.

Called Charlotte Outdoor Living on a put thermometer and was quoted $40-$60 for one Shocked so I said screw that! and bought a $15 one from a place in Kansas City. Beautiful Pit Thermometer that works like a charm.

Pic of the finished barrel wiped down inside with peanut oil waiting for the seasoning burn in.



Here is pic of the barrel and the basket. The basket is on 3-1/2 carriage bolts with a pizza pan underneath to catch some of the ash.
No welding was needed. I used a wire coat hanger as the handle.



Filled the basket about 1/4 of the way up with unlit Kingsford, dumped about 12-15 lit charcoals on top of the unlit ones, let it burn at 250F for about 4 hours then dropped 2 chunks of hickory into the basket and put some chicken legs on.

Wife and kids fought over em! These had nothing on em in the pic but some Honkytonk Pig Chicken Rub. No Sauce..they are Nekkid!
Chicken pics:


Going to load her up this Sat night and try an all-night smoke on 3 8-9lbs butts. This is why I built her so I could sleep while the meat is cooking and not have to babysit a fire..

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I named her Bertha by the way and my brother-in-law had serious BBQ envy when he saw her..He is getting his barrel in a week or 2 to begin his project!

Thanks to everyone here that contributes..I am living proof that your knowledge can and does get put to great use!
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slow&low
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05 10 2:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nicely done, are you in Charlotte NC? Where did you get the new barrel?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05 10 2:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey bbohanon, that ain't Ugly. Wink
Fantastic looking yardbird legs by the way.
Can't wait to see your butts. Shocked
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05 10 2:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

McManus Drum on West 32nd Street..
http://www.mcmanusdrum.com/

$65 for the barrel new($71 w/tax). Unlined with lid w/ 2" Bung.
Some might think that's expensive, but I had to be 100% sure it was new so price was not something I was concerned with especially with kids.
He will sell you a reconditioned one for $40.

The old guy that runs it is really nice and will talk your ear off.

I took my 9mm Stoeger with me when I went to pick it up..its a rough part of town..even in the daylight hours.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05 10 2:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If that was unlined there was no reason burn it out IMO
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05 10 2:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jarhead wrote:

Can't wait to see your butts. Shocked


I wish my wife felt that way and I aint talking about the pork!
Thanks for the compliments!
I do know that my wife tends to "sniff/hug" me a bit more after a good smoking on the grill! LOL

Teleking wrote:
If that was unlined there was no reason burn it out IMO


Safety first! Plus, it burned off that exterior paint. Smelled something terrible that paint burning off the exterior. Not sure I would want any of those fumes thinking about getting into mah meat! A good burnout seemed to be the right thing to do regardless.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05 10 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most Excellent UDS Build bbohanon Wink
The chicken legs look DEE Licious brother!
Great Job! Enjoy!

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05 10 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a good build and a good cook! It's amazing at how different meats taste when cooked on a pit YOU built yourself!

I know what you mean about the hugs and sniffs, mine does it as well. Too bad we can bottle the stuff... Or maybe we should just put a little liquid smoke behind our ears before bed! Shocked

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05 10 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks awesome! makes me wish I painted mine lol (I not need to paint it ill only use until I finish my build yeah right three months later)
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05 10 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bbohanon, awesome looking cooker my man. Very Happy And from the looks of those legs you have her dialed in just right. Nicely done Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05 10 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice Job on Your build!
Wife and kids fought over em!
They are Lucky Me and Harley werent there.
Harley would have brought out His A-Game.. Shocked
Id follow up grabbing yard bird.. Rolling Eyes
Nice cook on the UDS.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05 10 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When can we come over? I'll chip in. Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05 10 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the kind words guys..I am purty proud of her. The wife was a skeptic about this project until she had some of those chicken legs. She is 100% behind me on it now and wants to know when the Chargriller is going to make its journey to the scrap heap. lol

Its good to see alot of folks on the board are from Charlotte, NC..maybe we can get together at some point and have a shindig with some hawg when the weather gets better(and warmer).



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06 10 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy Nice chic's and drum
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07 10 12:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bbohanon maybe we can have a Smoke ring Charlotte chapter meeting /cook off????
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bbohanon
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07 10 2:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

slow&low wrote:
bbohanon maybe we can have a Smoke ring Charlotte chapter meeting /cook off????


Chapters? Does one exist for Charlotte?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07 10 3:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd love to take part in some kind of get-together here in Charlotte. So far, all I'm doing these days is making Mac's Speed Shop rich.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07 10 3:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

feldon30 wrote:
I'd love to take part in some kind of get-together here in Charlotte. So far, all I'm doing these days is making Mac's Speed Shop rich.


By buying beer, bikes or bbq?

Razz

I would certainly enjoy getting together with fellow pork lovers here in the area. Its going to need to get warmer and less wet for me before I come out of my hidey hole.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 26 10 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bbohanon wrote:
feldon30 wrote:
I'd love to take part in some kind of get-together here in Charlotte. So far, all I'm doing these days is making Mac's Speed Shop rich.


By buying beer, bikes or bbq?

Razz

I would certainly enjoy getting together with fellow pork lovers here in the area. Its going to need to get warmer and less wet for me before I come out of my hidey hole.lol


Amen to that ..
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