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My MUDS (Mini UDS)
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SVonhof
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24 11 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AJP wrote:
I think if maybe you made bigger slots in the ash mod and made it taller it would get more air.

I don't plan to try to force the coals to burn one way just maybe the ash mod. A guy on the weber board tried to make an ash sweeper out of the cut out from the pot.


I think the larger slots will help. They are now larger by simply separating the two pieces of the can and I am sure that will help. The good thing was that it held a good temp the whole time as-is, but if I wanted to go hotter for chicken or something it wouldn't (but will now I am guessing).

An ash sweeper? What the heck?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24 11 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is what another guy did:

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Gorge - I promised you some pics of my ash build up solution, so here they are.

The "barricade" is a SS puppy pan that I picked up at a yard sale for a quarter. I drilled four holes in pan, very near the "bottom" edge of the pan (the "top" as the pan is used in the smoker).

Using this pan and Kingsford charcoal, I was able to hold 250 degrees for a little over 9 hours. The "after" pictures show the ash in the bottom of the SJS charcoal bowl, but notice that the holes in the SS puppy bowl are not clogged. By sheer luck, when I sat the bowl in the SJS charcoal bowl, the holes in the bowl lined up with the holes in the bottom of the cooker. When the ash dropped through the holes in the bowl, it also seemed to drop through the holes in the bottom of the cooker and into the ask catcher pan on the bottom of the cooker. Neat. The charcoal burn was complete.

Here you go:










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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29 11 12:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Built mine today, I ordered the IMUSA tamale pot and a Smokey Joe gold from Wal-Mart.com



The reason to go with the smokey joe gold over the silver is the placement of the air intake. On the silver it is at the bottom where all the ash falls, on the gold it is on the side and cant clog with ash.

This should be an ABT machine and great for smaller items.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29 11 4:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I need to make one of these for camping.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29 11 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had I realized the vents were up higher on the Gold, I would have ordered one. I have not seen any Gold's around here, but I could have ordered one easily enough for about $5 more.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09 11 4:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

FYI, I have used the MUDS again and it really works great! I modified the vent cover (the can that I cut the holes into) so it gave more air flow and had no problems keeping the temp with the vents only partially open.

Works great!

I have a few buddies who are making them as well!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24 11 10:55 pm    Post subject: stupid beginner Reply with quote

Can I ask a stupid Newbie beginner question?

With this mod how do you manage the fire. Lets say you want to add a few pieces of charcoal or another wood chunk

Typically you would open the door and toss a few in, but with the mod there is no door.

It doesn't seem like a good idea to pick the entire body up just to get at the fire..

Ok thanks
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24 11 10:58 pm    Post subject: Re: stupid beginner Reply with quote

ladieu wrote:
Can I ask a stupid Newbie beginner question?

With this mod how do you manage the fire. Lets say you want to add a few pieces of charcoal or another wood chunk

Typically you would open the door and toss a few in, but with the mod there is no door.

It doesn't seem like a good idea to pick the entire body up just to get at the fire..

Ok thanks


I can go 6-8 hours on one load of charcoal and wood. If I need to go longer I just lift the body off add the charcoal I need to add and put the body back. Takes 30 seconds.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24 11 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok I guess that is not so bad. Sorry my current smoker sucks and does not hold heat well (thus wanting to build a better one)

I guess with those big handles it isn't too hard to lift it all off


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25 11 5:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As already stated, just pull the middle off with everything left in place, set it on the ground, add whatever you need to add (wood or charcoal) and put the middle back on. No big deal and very fast.

Make sure to grab some oven mitts or towels though as the handles do get hot.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25 11 5:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Occam's razor

The simplest answer is generally the best one.

Thanks again.. I'm making my cooker this weekend

Is there a particular brand of thermometer you recommend?


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25 11 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ladieu wrote:
achem's razor

The simplest answer is generally the best one.

Thanks again.. I'm making my cooker this weekend

Is there a particular brand of thermometer you recommend?

I got mine from a seller on Ebay. A 2-pack for $20 shipped. Check out item 160660603159 on Ebay.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25 11 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, just picked up 4. Plan to put two into my chargriller and make these mods

http://www.deejayssmokepit.net/Downloads_files/CharGrilleMods.pdf

then use the other 2 in my new bullet smoker.

Exciting Very Happy
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