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Duddy55
02-19-2014, 07:11 PM
Anyone use UDS for competition? Also has anyone used or seen the big poppas drum kit? Just wondering if it's worth the penny

c farmer
02-19-2014, 07:15 PM
The big poppa kit is the king of kits for a uds.

Duddy55
02-19-2014, 07:21 PM
Lol it is kinda hard to turn down a kit that even comes with a beer opener... Nothing more American than beer and bbq

gettinbasted
02-19-2014, 07:33 PM
The UDS is a very common and capable competition smoker.

I compete on them exclusively. I have an expensive gravity fed collecting dust in my garage right now because the cans put out a better product with less effort.

Kimo1
02-19-2014, 07:50 PM
Started with nothing but UDS for comps. Still take at least one with me.

Rich Parker
02-19-2014, 07:52 PM
I compete on a couple of cans I built. The best thing about a drum smoker is you can make it what you want and customize it to fit you and how you cook. I personally would read the uds thread and decide about how you want yours built before buying a kit and being locked in to one design. So many different options and variables to be decided how you like to cook.

Rub
02-19-2014, 08:01 PM
Love my 2 Big Poppa kit UDS. Will be using them later this season on some of my out of state contests to keep from having to haul my big trailer across country.

Duddy55
02-19-2014, 08:11 PM
Rich Parker... Crazy question but I'm new to the forum... How do I go about getting to that thread

Butt Rubb'n BBQ
02-19-2014, 08:12 PM
I have seen a lot of people place with a UDS.

landarc
02-19-2014, 08:15 PM
We competed on a UDS, I would recommend two for competing, one makes timing and temperature a little more complex. With a little practice they put out excellent product.

LINKY (http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=23436&highlight=uds) to the mother of all UDS threads

ITBFQ
02-19-2014, 08:22 PM
I use my UDS for competition, too. I love it. It is ugly as sin, but easy to control and plenty of capacity.

Rich Parker
02-19-2014, 08:32 PM
Rich Parker... Crazy question but I'm new to the forum... How do I go about getting to that thread

Mother of UDS thread.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=23436&highlight=uds

JD McGee
02-19-2014, 09:05 PM
We have a BPS Drum Smoker in our arsenal this season! :thumb:

SkinEz
02-19-2014, 09:16 PM
Love my UDS. Im about to buy three more drums. Gonna make two more for myself, and one for my brother. I competed with one last year at a comp, and realized I needed at least one more. This year I plan on competing with 2 UDS and a weber kettle.

bassandbeer
02-19-2014, 09:18 PM
I have seen many UDS at comps.

nukenight
02-20-2014, 12:13 AM
I've had good luck with both of my barrel cookers, even to the point of winning brisket in two Texas events! They cook great, especially in gusty winds and rain.

Bubba
02-20-2014, 02:52 AM
They work for me

wrenfro12
02-20-2014, 07:42 AM
I have done well in several Backyard contests with my UDS......Will be using them first time in pro events this year.

Big Ugly's BBQ
02-20-2014, 07:56 AM
I built two UDS's using the BPS kit. Absolutely love them!! We keep one in the trailer with our comp gear, and one at home for "research and development"........

Solid cookers, really like them!

triplezip
02-20-2014, 08:24 AM
I use two UDS's at comps - One for butts and one for brisket. The dry heat of the UDS produces a great bark. Ribs and chicken get done in the BWS.

$billBBQ
02-20-2014, 08:26 AM
+1 on running two... We use 2 UDS with 2 racks each so we have plenty of options depending if the big meats are not ready to come off before the ribs/chicken goes on

[QUOTE=landarc;2810945]We competed on a UDS, I would recommend two for competing, one makes timing and temperature a little more complex. With a little practice they put out excellent product.
/QUOTE]

jelser
02-20-2014, 09:02 AM
I use 2 in competitions and have been doing very well with them. I'm currently in 1st in the FBA team of the year points and finished 2nd last year using these...I can't complain.

Big Poppa
02-20-2014, 09:12 AM
Thanks..there are many great drum designs...Rich have you cooked on ours?

Fwismoker
02-20-2014, 09:25 AM
Thanks..there are many great drum designs...Rich have you cooked on ours?

I know i love mine. Also have been kicking around the idea of making a 30 gallon size as well using the concept of the charcoal basket to pull it up to sear and grill.

It would be nice if you built a Big Poppa 30 gallon size!

Mac Attack BBQ
02-20-2014, 10:15 AM
My UDS's treat me well. I bring 3 to cook on at each comp. Very easy to keep a consistent temperature with.

Rest in pork
02-20-2014, 11:21 AM
We use 3 uds when we go comps. We do have a blower system set up on them. Big Poppa has a kit for that to.:-D

Rich Parker
02-20-2014, 11:49 AM
Thanks..there are many great drum designs...Rich have you cooked on ours?

Nope, I haven't cooked on one.

Duddy55
02-20-2014, 07:49 PM
Ordered my big poppa smokers kit tonight... U guys sold me

Big Poppa
02-20-2014, 09:39 PM
Rich I didnt think so....

LTG
02-20-2014, 10:36 PM
I'm Very happy with my Gateway drums.

Rich Parker
02-21-2014, 11:29 AM
Rich I didnt think so....

What does that matter? I suggested to do a little research before committing to buying a kit. :confused:

You should wait until I say something bad about it before getting defensive.

Kentster911
02-21-2014, 12:33 PM
We cooked 2013 on Gateway Drum smokers and will be doing the same in 2014. Drums are great cookers and we've had great results.

rolfejr
02-21-2014, 01:27 PM
I compete on a couple of cans I built. The best thing about a drum smoker is you can make it what you want and customize it to fit you and how you cook. I personally would read the uds thread and decide about how you want yours built before buying a kit and being locked in to one design. So many different options and variables to be decided how you like to cook.

There is a special satisfaction in cooking great bbq on a pit you designed and built. You can't get that from a kit.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/dz_Wq5Yl-QpIMPtqqyf7M-dpzD8-1mnEZpHVeX9OJmk=w194-h259-p-no

ssbbqguy
02-21-2014, 04:10 PM
I use two of my BarrelSmokers with two different flavors cooking at the same time. Most of my customers use two but some manage all four catagories in one by using my racks that double your cooking space. Steve.

RangerJ
02-21-2014, 05:26 PM
Started on drums, built like the thread here on the Brethren, where i got the idea, but use refrigerator magnets versus ball valves. No kit needed.

Won me quite a bit of money.

Best of luck.

cheapbeer
02-21-2014, 06:47 PM
It does not matter if you use a beautiful kit drum like Big Poppas or an ugly old homemade job like Rich, myself, or half the people on this forum probably have. The judges see bbq in a box, not the pit it was cooked on. What matters is that you know how to get the best out of what you are using and that on comp day you put out the best Q you can put out on that particular day. And judging by some of the scores Rich Parker racks up, he puts out some real pretty Q out of those ugly drums. No offense meant Rich.

Rich Parker
02-22-2014, 10:42 AM
It does not matter if you use a beautiful kit drum like Big Poppas or an ugly old homemade job like Rich, myself, or half the people on this forum probably have. The judges see bbq in a box, not the pit looking as cooked on. Whatdifferent.ers is that you know how to get the best out of what you are using and that on comp day you put out the best Q you can put out on that particular day. And judging by some of the scores Rich Parker racks up, he puts out some real pretty Q out of those ugly drums. No offense meant Rich.

No offense taken as they are pretty ugly. :-D

My only suggestion to anyone looking to build a drum or any type of pit is to do your own research and purchase based on that versus a sales pitch. I am sure the BPS kits work just fine and the Gateway Drum Smokers are the best looking but they all cook different. Most drums cook hot and fast where mine are setup to cook low and slow.

Dadeo719
02-22-2014, 11:18 AM
Well we have made 4 barrels for this year. 1, because we can get the barrels with lids for 9 bucks and 2, we love how they cook.

lenny
02-22-2014, 11:47 AM
i see alot of verticle uds. Whats the advantage of vert. compared to horizontal ?

mgp03051
02-24-2014, 05:51 PM
We compete with 4 UDS's 1 GC, 1RGC, 2 top 5's, 2 top 10"S this was our rookie year our 7th comp was "The Jack" .... This is how we roll..