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Swamp Donkeyz BBQ 11-05-2012 05:06 PM

My first UDS
 
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Almost finished with my UDS build. I need the thermostats and a lid. The lid is proving to be the hard part. Excuse the fire basket, it's made from entirely scrap metal.
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jrn 11-05-2012 05:30 PM

Is yours an open or closed top? Couldn't tell from pictures. Either way I'd go with a weber lid. Mines a closed top with a weber lid. Looking good! :)

wazza220951 11-05-2012 07:00 PM

I use a closed top with a Weber lid, got it from the local waste management recycling centre , complete weber for $15!

Swamp Donkeyz BBQ 11-05-2012 07:18 PM

When I find a lid it will be closed top. I burned it out this evening and then borrowed/stole my BIL's weber lid so I could season it. Maybe I'll let him have his lid back tomorrow.


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jfletcher84 11-05-2012 07:19 PM

looks good. Let us know how your first cook goes.

bluegrass smoke 11-05-2012 07:21 PM

It's going to change your life

Swamp Donkeyz BBQ 11-05-2012 08:20 PM

Any recommendations on thermostats?


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Teamfour 11-05-2012 08:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Swamp Donkeyz BBQ (Post 2264651)
Any recommendations on thermostats?

If you mean thermometer, just get a Maverick 732. Don't bother with a dial thermo.


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Swamp Donkeyz BBQ 11-05-2012 08:25 PM

Sorry, I did mean thermometer.


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Johnny_Crunch 11-06-2012 06:52 AM

Nice looking cooker!

Johnny_Crunch 11-06-2012 06:53 AM

Did you burn that out?

Swamp Donkeyz BBQ 11-06-2012 08:18 AM

Yes. It didn't have a liner so it wasn't much work. I stole my BIL's weber lid and seasoned it a bit last night. I know
It sounds dumb, but now I've got to figure out the "proper" way to light the basket. Top, bottom, side!?!


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1911Ron 11-06-2012 11:11 AM

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Originally Posted by Swamp Donkeyz BBQ (Post 2264894)
Yes. It didn't have a liner so it wasn't much work. I stole my BIL's weber lid and seasoned it a bit last night. I know
It sounds dumb, but now I've got to figure out the "proper" way to light the basket. Top, bottom, side!?!


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Pour charcoal into your basket, layer your wood chunks in the basket. Take out 12 or so briquets and light them, when lit put them on top, monitor temp as it comes up adjust openings as needed.

Swamp Donkeyz BBQ 11-06-2012 11:27 AM

Appreciate all the feed back!

davefan360 11-06-2012 11:18 PM

just get a digital thermomater. the ones on the side are just for looks and can be off 30-60*. just put the probe on thro the top vent of your weber lid. also It looks like you are handy? I would put a rod across the top of your fire basket, then make a long rod with a hook on on end. this will make lowering the hot coals into the drum easyer. or some guys use a weed bruner to light the coals, but you still may need to lift the hot coal basket out of the drum. you will love it. once you cook a few times with her you will learn how she cooks. I have got mine to run nice a smooth at aboout 265 for 17 hours. there are times now that I will even run up to the store or leave for a hour becasue I know she how it cooks. ( my dad is home and can call 911 if needed, he just does not cook.)


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