I have a 500 gallon propane talk. Debating between a standard 500 gallon reverse flow, or cutting in half standing it up vertically with the dome to the top and making the biggest uds. Im a welder so fab work is easy. Want to hear as many opinions as possible. And why or why not.
04-13-2013 09:21 PM
Make the whole thing a uds, but make the bottom flat, and mount it on a trailer. That would be bad a$$
04-13-2013 09:50 PM
Cut in half it would be 5' tall. Still with enough room for 4 grates.
04-13-2013 10:14 PM
A UDS is a fantastic inexpensive smoker. However, IMHO, comparing a well made UDS to a well made reverse flow offset smoker is like... well, I dont have the analogy right now, but IMHO there is no comparison; not in volume that you can smoke, nor (averages being averages) in the quality of the BBQ that comes off. Even a gigantic UDS would have a tough time getting a hog on it; no problem at all with a good sized hog on the reverse flow offset...
04-13-2013 10:16 PM
Reverse flow offset. You would have controlled heat/indirect heat and a much larger area to cook on. Granted, offsets are a pain as you have to stay awake when you are cooking but I think the results would be worth it. My 2 cents....
04-14-2013 06:25 AM
Reverse flow offset! Size the firebox right and get the fire management experience and you should be able to get 2-3 hours sleep before feedin-the-beast during those long & slow cooks (a remote thermometer with an high/low alarms helps too). And properly sized firebox, inlets and exhaust will let you cook in the 300*-350* range if you want (i.e., brisket in 6-7 hours). Best of luck with your build!
PS: a 500 gallon tank is big enough for whole hog if you design your doors right!
04-14-2013 07:12 AM
There's nothing wrong with a versatile reverse flow smoker.
Recommend getting some fire-tending time on someone else's 500 gallon reverse flow before you start cutting metal..
Contact a member '5-0 BBQ' who built one of those monsters for a better insight.
04-14-2013 10:39 AM
What are you going to cook would be my first question? Then your choice can be debated easier.
If you're doing pigs only, that's one thing or vending the same or similar products, that's another. The 110gallon and 85gallon units I make are also used for vending and-or maintaining a precooked product, as in turkey legs,wings,ribs etc. It's one of best choices for those items. All hogs, buy a hog cooker. Big doors make big heat loss when vending.Tailor your plans to your cooker and you will be happier. Steve.
04-14-2013 12:28 PM
I plan on a bit of everything. Im leaning tward the reverse flow, and want to build the drip pan so I can fill it with watwr to steam chicken. I know its big, but its what I have.
04-14-2013 03:14 PM
I would make a reverse flow.
04-14-2013 03:16 PM
Movingmd have you thought about using tuning plates instead of reverse flow?
04-14-2013 03:57 PM
Giant UDS sounds bad ass.
04-14-2013 07:34 PM
I looked at tuning plates but i like the idea of being able to fill the tank with water to steam food with.