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Jack2u2 01-18-2008 07:08 AM

confused with UDS
 
Bought all my hardware and parts. Have an expanded metal firebox being made. Here's my question...
The firebox will be 15 1/2 X 15 1/2. I bought 3 6" nipples for the air intakes. After screwing them in, there will be about 5" extending inside the barrel. So.....the barrel is 23" wide. 15 1/2 + 10 = 25 1/2. I think I messed up getting the 6" nipples. Would 4" be he answer and will that put enough air in the right place? Also, is 2 1/2" off the bottom the recommended location for the intakes?

Thanks! Want to do a burn by tomorrow night and cook something Sunday.

Meat Burner 01-18-2008 07:10 AM

Jack2u2, exchange those for about 2 inch nipples. Mine burn much more even with the shorter ones. Tried the long nipples on one and switched it back. Just my $.02.

Jack2u2 01-18-2008 07:13 AM

Almost got them yesterday, but thought most of the pics I saw had 6's. I thought about it after seeing that the BDS has holes, no pipes.

Norcoredneck 01-18-2008 07:22 AM

I go with as short as nipples as possible (@1"-1.5"). I now use long bolts (4.5-5") double nutted to space fire basket off bottom. If you don't have a pan in the bottom you will have to work around those long nipples to scoop the ash out. You can dump the ash out but after the first time it sticks to all grease build up on the sides you will probably change your mind. Don't do the "Trash Man Slam" or you will oval out the top like I did and lid wont fit as nice.

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k2...IMG_2665-1.jpg

Make a Thirdeye Hoe scoop
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...S/1cdc9afc.jpg

DaChief 01-18-2008 07:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Norcoredneck (Post 539478)
I go with as short as nipples as possible (@1"-1.5"). I now use long bolts (4.5-5") double nutted to space fire basket off bottom. If you don't have a pan in the bottom you will have to work around those long nipples to scoop the ash out. You can dump the ash out but after the first time it sticks to all grease build up on the sides you will probably change your mind. Don't do the "Trash Man Slam" or you will oval out the top like I did and lid wont fit as nice.

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k2...IMG_2665-1.jpg

Make a Thirdeye Hoe scoop
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...S/1cdc9afc.jpg

Thanks for the info and the pics. I am learning a lot before my first UDS venture.

tntitan 01-18-2008 07:45 AM

i went with 2 inch and sat my expanded metal right on top of the pipes also i put 4 pipes on the bottom

Jack2u2 01-18-2008 07:50 AM

Norco - your intakes right on the bottom?

Norcoredneck 01-18-2008 08:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jack2u2 (Post 539517)
Norco - your intakes right on the bottom?

I think I measure 1.5" up and use a 1" hole(3/4" nipple screws in nice).
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k2...IMG_2653-1.jpg

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k2...IMG_2654-1.jpg

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k2...IMG_2655-1.jpg

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k2...IMG_2660-1.jpg

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k2...IMG_2659-1.jpg

Smokin Gator 01-18-2008 08:27 AM

I have four 3 inch pipe nipples 2 1/2 inches off of the bottom and my fire grate and ring sit right on top of them.

jestridge 01-18-2008 06:31 PM

I like the hoe. Great ideal.

SmokeWatcher 01-18-2008 06:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Meat Burner (Post 539469)
Jack2u2, exchange those for about 2 inch nipples. Mine burn much more even with the shorter ones. Tried the long nipples on one and switched it back. Just my $.02.

I had 6" nipples on mine. I cut them back to about 3" so my fire basket could sit a little lower and away from the lower grate.

wlh3 01-18-2008 06:39 PM

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If you don't have a hoe or a welder, go commerical for about $ 20.00. But do get a new one!:eek::lol:

Bbq Bubba 01-18-2008 07:03 PM

Same as Norco, 1" holesaw and 3/4" closed nipple thread's in rather tight.
Installed 4 bolt's to hold a piece of expanded that hold's my firebasket.

http://img152.imageshack.us/img152/8...pics004tm2.jpg

Wyatt 01-18-2008 07:39 PM

I'm 1 1/2" and I think mine's a good sized but I think your's is to big.

Brian in So Cal 01-18-2008 07:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wlh3 (Post 540117)
If you don't have a hoe or a welder, go commerical for about $ 20.00. But do get a new one!:eek::lol:

LOL:grin:

Quote:

Originally Posted by Norcoredneck (Post 539478)
I go with as short as nipples as possible (@1"-1.5"). I now use long bolts (4.5-5") double nutted to space fire basket off bottom. If you don't have a pan in the bottom you will have to work around those long nipples to scoop the ash out. You can dump the ash out but after the first time it sticks to all grease build up on the sides you will probably change your mind. Don't do the "Trash Man Slam" or you will oval out the top like I did and lid wont fit as nice.





Norco, Is there a way to get a side view of your charcoal holder. I can't quite figure how you did the bolts.

Thanks

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wyatt (Post 540175)
I'm 1 1/2" and I think mine's a good sized but I think your's is to big.

UH OH. We got the makings of an expert. WTG Wyatt.


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