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VMAN
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16 10 11:20 pm    Post subject: New Member - first UDS (pics) updated pic 5-16 Reply with quote

Hi all,

Been cooking and smoking on makeshift stuff for a while now. I found this site while looking for new ideas to smoke more butts for my annual pork-a-thon party (which is growing year by year).

You guys are great! Lots of ingenuity!

Decided on a UDS, got two barrels so a second is coming, possibly a third depending on how much pork one can handle.

Didn't happen without pics so here goes:




Just a tester, couldn't wait

Held temp like a food making robot!

Had to eat a few before pics

spent fuel for two hours, very cool



Ribs today....butt on sunday....


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17 10 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice job - great looking UDS.
I'm about to start a build once I find the barrel...which should happen this weekend. Can't wait to join in on the UDS smoking fun!!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17 10 12:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the Ugly Drum Smoker's Society.
I see you are using 2 grates, each one will hold 3 or 4 butts, depending on their size.
Keep an eye on your bottom rack, it looks a little low and will run very hot.
That's a purty drum smoker, and I don't care who you are. Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17 10 1:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jarhead wrote:
Welcome to the Ugly Drum Smoker's Society.
I see you are using 2 grates, each one will hold 3 or 4 butts, depending on their size.
Keep an eye on your bottom rack, it looks a little low and will run very hot.
That's a purty drum smoker, and I don't care who you are. Laughing


Thanks! Nice to be part of a society where no one cares who you are Smile

In this first cook I found that the second grate down was actually 25 to 40 degrees lower in temperature than the top grate. The third grate down will be a place for a water pan, though clearly in this case I forgot and put it on the second.

Nice thing about this is the adjustment will be simple if I need to make one. Ribs later this afternoon...
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17 10 1:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

KSims1868 wrote:
Nice job - great looking UDS.
I'm about to start a build once I find the barrel...which should happen this weekend. Can't wait to join in on the UDS smoking fun!!


Thanks. Good luck, so far it's been fun. Can't wait to get to know all the little quirks. Gotta think of an Ugly paint job now.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17 10 1:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just go to the local auto parts store and buy engine primer and enamel from Dupli-Color. 2 coats of each, (2 cans of each, too) says it is good to 500 but it will last all summer long. Touch up the bottom and you're good to go.
BTW cheaper than VHT, mine are $5.49 per can vs $8.99 per can and if I order a case of 6 then I get 15% off.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17 10 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love this thing



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17 10 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

VMAN, awesome work on your cooker build. Very Happy I like the way you designed your basket. And from the looks of that yard bird and those ribs you have her dialed in just right. Very nice work indeed. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18 10 1:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very, very nice. I've got 2 and going to build 2 more this summer. Why would I need a $3000 rig? I don't know at this point....
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18 10 2:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great cooker build! The ribs made me hungry... Heading for the kitchen for some left over pulled pork.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 23 10 3:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just got back from the hardware store buying all my nuts, bolts, etc...
Also had to get a 1" hole saw since mine seems to have walked off recently.

Now all I need are the grates and the barrell, and to put my fire basket together. Hopefully I'll have the barrell this evening after work and can start cutting holes, burn it out, etc... this weekend.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26 10 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

KSims1868 wrote:
Just got back from the hardware store buying all my nuts, bolts, etc...
Also had to get a 1" hole saw since mine seems to have walked off recently.

Now all I need are the grates and the barrell, and to put my fire basket together. Hopefully I'll have the barrell this evening after work and can start cutting holes, burn it out, etc... this weekend.


Cool! I've got a second barrel that I'm going to put together.

I agree, at this point I don't think I'm in the $3000 smoker category, I'll keep playing with these.

Next, I'm looking for a wine barrel...shouldn't be too hard around here.

thanks for all the positive replies.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26 10 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You nailed those two cooks VMAN!
Great build job on your UDS too Wink

Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26 10 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was able to get my barrel and get started as planned. Burn-out took a while and we grilled several steaks, sausage, chicken, and more on the little char-griller to keep our stomachs full and fill the need for grilling while building this UDS.

Can't wait to put it all together this coming weekend.
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PostPosted: Mon May 17 10 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Decided to use the barrel lid to make it look like a real barrel! Smile



Also need a bottle opener. Cool
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PostPosted: Mon May 17 10 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is that #2 or is it #1 with a barrel lid?
Great paint job and build. I like the deco legs you put on it.
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PostPosted: Mon May 17 10 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jarhead wrote:
Is that #2 or is it #1 with a barrel lid?
Great paint job and build. I like the deco legs you put on it.


It's #1 with a barrel lid. Stopped by Big Lots and picked up one of their cheapie grill so I could have the lid. I've found that when I'm using the UDS, often I want to grill as well for various sides and I wanted to return the webber lid to it's rightful owner.

Plus I had the parts and the time on Sunday to screw around with it and I enjoy that. The legs are from a chimnea that the previous owner of the house had left here.
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PostPosted: Mon May 17 10 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great looking UDS with either lid and even better looking chow coming off it!
Great job.
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PostPosted: Mon May 17 10 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those Big Lot Grills are great. Last time I was there I picked up 4 of them for my sold builds.
If I grill on mine, I move the fire basket up to the second level, put the grate on the top level and use the dome (Big Lots) lid on the top. Try it you might like it.
Oh yeah, I made a 4" tall fire basket to fit between them.
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PostPosted: Tue May 18 10 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

VMAN wrote:
At this point I don't think I'm in the $3000 smoker category, I'll keep playing with these.

It makes me think of a Maxwell House commercial.

"We've secretly switched these BBQ aficionados from ribs made on a $3,000 smoker to ribs made on a $50 UDS. Do you think they'll notice?"
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