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purplewg
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17 11 9:08 pm    Post subject: I had to have a UDS Reply with quote

I just had to build one and see what all the hoopla was about. Having built several different types of smokers out of 55 gallon drums, I had to try this one also. Plus, firing up the log burner for smaller cooks just took to long.


The burn of the open top barrel.




Cleaned up.


Rear wheels. I had an old axle off something stored away and an old metal shelf someone had given me.


The $20 score off of craigslist. Came with 2 bags of charcoal.


My muscled together charcoal basket. Not as sweet as KAM's but it works just fine.


The Cowboy Pig




Second seasoning, I had to throw a couple snacks on.


Now, with all that said and done here is my final cost. I just sort of dug through my scrap pile and used what I could find.
$20 Weber 22.5 Kettle
$10 drum
$10 black pipe fittings
That's it. I had everything else laying around including the gauge I had purchased for another project a couple years back.
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1buckie
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17 11 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks great !!! Only $40 , that's good too .......
People always ask 'Why you saving THAT?' Well, you've got a great example of already on hand right here....

Did you paint "The Cowboy Pig '? Wondering what material he's painted on???

~~~>K
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purplewg
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17 11 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1buckie, I cut the pig out of a piece of stainless that I kept when I cut a sink hole out of a table. lol The girlfriend does the painting on that kind of stuff for me. I have it spaced off the drum about 3/4 inch to prevent heat damage to the paint.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17 11 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice build, I dig that pig he's rowdy as all git out.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17 11 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cool and great deal for $40!

Wish I could find deals like you got on the Weber and the drum!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17 11 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys. As for the Weber, just keep doing a search on Craigslist every other day or so. That is what I did. I thought I would never find one and when I did, I stole it....
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18 11 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

purplewg, the UDS looks great. Very Happy
Looking at yours makes me wanna throw a rock at mine. Wink
Very nice job.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18 11 1:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats a pretty cool drum ya got there.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18 11 3:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolute great job on that UDS!!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18 11 5:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

purplewg; Nice, very nice. You know, you could have save $10 using refrigerator magnets for your intake covers. Just kidding, looks great.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18 11 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks good, and looks like you had fun doing it, you will forever love it!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18 11 6:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

purplewg, I love it especially the three wheels. Very Happy The caster idea is a keeper bookmarked my Friend. Very Happy Tell the little lady that the piggy is spot on very nice work. Very Happy Nicely done to both of you. Very Happy
So whats gonna be the first long cook? Very Happy
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dtel
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18 11 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That Weber looks new for $20 and 2 bags of charcoal, that's a great deal.

I like the pig addition, your girlfriend looks like that and she can paint also.........some people just have all the luck ! Crying or Very sad Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18 11 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

purplewg,
I just wanted to say "Great job on the uds bro!" Very Happy
The handle/shelf is as cool as the pig & the wheels are awesome too... Very nice! Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18 11 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GF, don’t be tossing no rocks at yours now. I only wish mine turned out as good as some I have seen built.

Old Smoke, thank you much.

Fxpose,thanks.

Fredericksburg, great advice. My goal was to build for less $70. I made it.

Yonni, thanks. It was fun building it. I would see something sitting around and say, “Oh, I could use that on the UDS”. Lol

KAM thank you. Not up to your craftsmanship but ok for an old farm boy. Caster was a toss out at work. I have had it in my stuff for over 15 years. I will tell the little lady cudo’s. Long cook? Well, I have been wanting some brisket. Is that long enough. Lol

Dtel, I did steal the Weber. Ah yes, the GF deal. I am #83 in the liars club. See page 23. Lololol

Chuckied, thanks much. The handles were overhead supports I cut off my stock trailer years ago. I knew those old rusty pieces would come in handy!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18 11 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice job on the UDS brother! Cool

So the GF looks great in a Canadian bikini AND paints- you got it made my man! Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18 11 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BBQMAN wrote:
Nice job on the UDS brother! Cool

So the GF looks great in a Canadian bikini AND paints- you got it made my man! Mr. Green


Thanks BBQMAN. Hummmmmmm...bikini body painting.......humm you might be onto something here. Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18 11 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is the pipe and valve setup for?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19 11 12:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

purplewg wrote:
Ah yes, the GF deal. I am #83 in the liars club. See page 23. Lololol


I found it, that's funny, didn't know what the liars club was.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19 11 12:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SWP5767 wrote:
What is the pipe and valve setup for?


I would guess to let air into the bottom of the drum to keep the fire going, like the air intake damper on any other cooker.
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