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bigbeef24
02-14-2013, 09:10 AM
I would like to enter a competition in my area and was wondering if I can enter with a UDS? You have to start somewhere.

Thanks,
Bigbeef 24

Big Pappa UDS

TheJackal
02-14-2013, 09:19 AM
Of course. There are plenty of teams that use them.

New Pal Frank
02-14-2013, 10:06 AM
I have seen alot of teams using them. I have seen as many as 4 in one camp. 1 for each meat I suppose.
Good luck and have FUN:grin:

scm1226
02-14-2013, 10:17 AM
We used to use one. First place ribs on ours!!

Smoke & Beers
02-14-2013, 10:41 AM
I've been using them since I started competing 4 years ago.
2 First place briskets, 1 First place ribs and numerous other calls in all catagories.

Do it!

Hawg Father of Seoul
02-14-2013, 10:41 AM
Not that we are any one, but we have used three UDS with no other smoker or grill.

I would say that two would be my minimum for a comp. I have no problem cooking all four categories on one, but space starts to become an issue. Three is nice because you can eliminate some of the lid lifting.

As a matter of fact, I built two (for $50 total) on a Wed and smoked a contest with them on Friday. They don't have to be fancy, if you put the trophy on it after the contest... it makes them fancier.

Rich Parker
02-14-2013, 11:09 AM
I have always competed with two drums and switched between a small wsm or 30 gallon drum for chicken. This year I plan to do it all on two 55 gallon drums. Big meats on one and small meats on the other.

RangerJ
02-14-2013, 11:13 AM
Lots of Drums out there you will feel right at home. Whenever I get ADD about a pit and sell it, I always fall back to my original drums for competing.

I'll be taking one as back up with me this year. I know I can get it started quickly and cook quickly if needed very versatile piece of kit.

MaximumJEFF
02-14-2013, 03:07 PM
I'm bringing three with me next weekend

Bubba
02-14-2013, 04:08 PM
They have done pretty good for me 1st brisket 2008 Jack and 1st brisket 2010 royal 10th brisket in 2011 royal. That just the major brisket calls

Outnumbered
02-14-2013, 04:17 PM
5 Contests with us using the 3 UDSs. 1 call for ribs, 1 call for brisket, 2 calls for pork, 1 call for special category (turkey) 3rd vegetable at the American Royal, and 1 GC.

I sorta like them.

Fornia
02-14-2013, 05:01 PM
You'll quickly see....many folks use these in competition. Our team built 2 before our first contest just to be able to enter.

Heck, at that first contest I saw a team using a modded filing cabinet cooker. If I'm remembering correctly, they took 1st place chicken at that event. As many say, it ain't the cooker!

Best of luck!

jbrink01
02-14-2013, 05:42 PM
6 Comps last year using 3 UDS' only. 2GC, 1RGC, 2 top 10's, 1 in the teens out of 88 and 1st at the AR in Ribs, all on Gateway Drum Smokers - Not your typical UDS!

jmoney7269
02-14-2013, 06:02 PM
Several first place chicken, brisket and ribs calls last year on my design UDS. Got a $4000 vault and I still cook chicken on my UDS.

swamprb
02-14-2013, 10:06 PM
If I can give just one bit of advice....NEVER, EVER leave the lids off on your drums after the last turn in!!

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/swamprb/Alki/100_2022.jpg

just sayin'!

bigbeef24
02-15-2013, 06:16 AM
thanks, very excited about competing

Atlasman
02-15-2013, 06:45 AM
Are you guys serious??? You are really winning 1st place at the Jack and Royal with these things??

Outnumbered
02-15-2013, 07:31 AM
6 Comps last year using 3 UDS' only. 2GC, 1RGC, 2 top 10's, 1 in the teens out of 88 and 1st at the AR in Ribs, all on Gateway Drum Smokers - Not your typical UDS!

So will you let me come by and look at your smokers next week in Columbia? Those sound pretty powerful

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Hawg Father of Seoul
02-15-2013, 07:38 AM
Are you guys serious??? You are really winning 1st place at the Jack and Royal with these things??

Yeah and Bub is giving a class on his in a couple of weeks.

Looking forward to my first comp class.

TheJackal
02-15-2013, 07:43 AM
You'll quickly see....many folks use these in competition. Our team built 2 before our first contest just to be able to enter.

Heck, at that first contest I saw a team using a modded filing cabinet cooker. If I'm remembering correctly, they took 1st place chicken at that event.
Best of luck!

That was Flavor File in Green Lane. No, they didn't get a call but that was one sweet cooker. They were a group of firemen that rescued the metal filing cabinet from a burning building. They turned it into a cooker with the bottom drawer being the firebox and the other drawers being their meat shelves. It was pretty cool!

jbrink01
02-15-2013, 07:51 AM
Several first place chicken, brisket and ribs calls last year on my design UDS. Got a $4000 vault and I still cook chicken on my UDS.

$30,000 Porch Trailer. 2 UDS' and a Rebel bolted to the porch........

Bubba
02-15-2013, 07:57 AM
Yeah and Bub is giving a class on his in a couple of weeks.

Looking forward to my first comp class.
thanks for the props

Yleekyoti
02-15-2013, 08:54 AM
I get calls with my drums.. 1 gc so far.. I use 3 drums.. and bring along some drums to sell!

musicmanryann
02-15-2013, 10:03 AM
Gateway Drum Smokers - Not your typical UDS!

No they ain't! We got a couple to play around with as a result. :grin:


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Atlasman
02-15-2013, 04:03 PM
Why are we spending tens of thousands of dollars on cookers if guys are winning the Jack and Royal with steel drums?


:crazy::crazy:

MaximumJEFF
02-15-2013, 06:26 PM
Why are we spending tens of thousands of dollars on cookers if guys are winning the Jack and Royal with steel drums?


:crazy::crazy:

Quantity and preference

jbrink01
02-16-2013, 05:01 PM
So will you let me come by and look at your smokers next week in Columbia? Those sound pretty powerful

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Sure!

wmarkw
02-17-2013, 09:16 AM
I just completed my first sanctioned event this weekend (Agusta, GA Wine & Swine) and out of 22 teams I was only team rolling with 3 drums. I got a lot of looks and spent much of my day yesterday explaining to other competitors and the public what I was cooking with. The competition didnt go in my favor but I had a great time and the drums worked flawlessly. I had a lot of requests asking if I could make and sell some lol.

jbrink01
02-17-2013, 03:31 PM
We brought 3 drums to Cummings last fall. Lotsa strange looks. Top 10 pork and Ribs, 16ish brisket of 88 teams. Chicken suffered from a rectal / cranial inversion by the cook or we would have won the event.

My point being, that UDS food does play in the heart of Dixie!

Outnumbered
02-17-2013, 08:49 PM
No they ain't! We got a couple to play around with as a result. :grin:


75899

75900

Mine aren't that pretty, but I hope some of your class covers drum cooking, Ryan. Looking forward to the class regardless.