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fireitup 06-15-2011 09:00 AM

My UDS is born!
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I finally decided to build my UDS. I picked up the barrel and fire basket from a client for free.:clap2: Picked up a 22.5 weber at a garage sale for $5. Hardware at Home Depot cost me $23.

Cut the lid off. Did the Weber top mod. Cut my holes and inserted the 3/4 inch pipe. My client then welded them. Grate holes and handles and I'm all set.

I will power wash then burn it with a propane weed burner tomorrow. How long will it take to cool down after burning with a weed burner? I want to start smoking!!!

MDG3 06-15-2011 11:18 PM

You are on your way to a great DIY BBQ/smoker.:clap2:

RevZiLLa 06-16-2011 01:48 AM

nice job!

mykz26 06-16-2011 01:51 AM

Is their a link for the Weber top mod? I have an extra Weber top I can use. Does it have to be the 22.5"?

scoper223 06-16-2011 02:47 AM

congrats brother u will enjoy, plus its always a conversation piece while ur cooking, my friends can never believe the good food came off that thing :)

jaymo 06-16-2011 02:57 AM

Very nice! I'm still on the lookout for a cheap kettle lid for my new one.

bover 06-16-2011 09:02 AM

Welcome to the club!

fireitup 06-16-2011 09:10 AM

Thanks all
I have a question. I received my Maverick wireless thermometer yesterday. How big a hole should I drill to get me probes in? Is there a way to seal them tight?

fireitup 06-16-2011 09:17 AM

I did this:

Except I didn't put the aluminum strips in. I just riveted the two inch lip to the barrel. On one side I made a small v cut on the barrel and was able to hammer it tight and rivet it in place. I have a small bump just below it but it fits nice and tight.

strawboss38679 06-16-2011 10:27 AM

as far as your maverick probes go. I went with this approach

ha-ben-arrow 06-16-2011 10:44 AM

great job

biggs98 06-16-2011 10:50 AM

Nice Job!!! I would also do a couple hour hot burn first, then powerwash and hit with the weedburner. Then season and smoke.

Johnny_Crunch 06-16-2011 10:52 AM

Nice looking cooker! :thumb:

Wampus 06-16-2011 12:04 PM


Congrats on the birth of your new "baby"!:becky:

fireitup 06-16-2011 12:32 PM

I have a another question
How long will it take to cool down after I burn it with a weed burner?

Also how hot does the bottom of this get when smoking? Can I put it on my pavers? Or should I get something to sit it on?

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