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gmatt 09-25-2012 08:00 PM

My First UDS...
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Ok so I'm a nube. This is my first UDS. Looking to share and learn. Thanks for looking.

here's some pics....

My Brand new never seen anything in it drum...

Then after I cleaned paint off and burned inside (just in case of rust inhibitors).

Toronto 09-25-2012 08:01 PM

How'd you get the paint off so cleanly?

gmatt 09-25-2012 08:01 PM

opps sorry for the double post. Nube.

gmatt 09-25-2012 08:03 PM


Originally Posted by Toronto (Post 2225075)
How'd you get the paint off so cleanly?

paint remover, soap, lotsa steel wool and elbo grease.

cowgirl 09-25-2012 08:05 PM

Great job so far!!

chriscw81 09-25-2012 08:08 PM

looks great, i cant wait to get mine finished :thumb:

Daggs 09-25-2012 08:08 PM

I kinda liked the old paint. The salvage drum part made me chuckle. What are your plans for the drum. I need details and be thorough.

gmatt 09-25-2012 08:18 PM


Originally Posted by cowgirl (Post 2225084)
Great job so far!!

Thanks Cowgirl!!!!

gmatt 09-25-2012 08:19 PM


Originally Posted by chriscw81 (Post 2225087)
looks great, i cant wait to get mine finished :thumb:

Thanks!! Mine was sitting in the corner of the garage. F O R E V E R.


gmatt 09-25-2012 08:23 PM


Originally Posted by Daggs (Post 2225088)
I kinda liked the old paint. The salvage drum part made me chuckle. What are your plans for the drum. I need details and be thorough.

Yeah i did think about leaving it. Kinda liked the label as well. But i didnt' know what would happen to the paint after first heat. Decided to use engine paint instead.

I have more pics and think i have a drawing somewhere. will upload more. Stay tuned...

gmatt 09-25-2012 08:31 PM

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Installed 3/4" shutoff valve for air.

gmatt 09-25-2012 08:37 PM

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built charcoal basket out of Webber charcoal grate and expanded metal. Originally i put a cookie sheet over it to prevent direct heat reaching the meat but I think now im just going to rely on the drip pan. I have do a few cooks on it to figure it out.

Daggs 09-25-2012 08:39 PM

I just tore my UDS down and gave it a new paint job, fire box and vents.
My advise to you is to put your handles just below the the first ring or 14" from the top. Makes it a lot easier to carry. Make sure you use a good sealing clear coat. I neglected this and got a rusty drum after the first rain.
Anyway this is mine as it sits in the garage. Just finished the re-assembly a few hours ago.

gmatt 09-25-2012 08:48 PM

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I used 1 1/2in. long 1/4in bolts to suspend the Weber 22.5 in. Gill Grates. I set 4 bolts up on each of three levels, bottom for a grate and the drip pan. Second level grate for ribs, chicken, brisket, and the 3rd top level grate for pork shoulder. Mostly right now not using the 2nd grate (need to buy another one). Also realized too late there needs to be more than 5 inches separating each level. At 5 inches i had to cut 3/8in off of two of the bolts on the second level, in order to get the bottom grate in and out.

BoDean 09-25-2012 08:52 PM

Nice job. Looks like my drum. Heat shield, some cooks will call for a heat shield, some will not. I bought a universal cover from WalMart to cover my drum. Cheep and thin. But it works.

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