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The Frog 07-31-2010 05:04 PM

My new UDS... with Pron.... finally
 
So I've been building this UDS for a while. If I wasn't so hard headed, generally speaking, it could have been done in a weekend.... but NO, I had to weld everything!

So here is the soy lecithin drum my friend brought home from work.
http://i923.photobucket.com/albums/a...d/IMG_0483.jpg

And here is the beige paint of doom.
http://i923.photobucket.com/albums/a...d/IMG_0487.jpg

Future UDS builders: Save yourself the headache and get a completely unpainted/lined drum....... or pay someone with blast equipment to remove it.

Here I am after 4.5 hours inside the drum.
http://i923.photobucket.com/albums/a...erGrinding.jpg

I could have bought grates for a 22 1/2 kettle. Nope.... just plain hard headed.
http://i923.photobucket.com/albums/a...d/IMG_0497.jpg

Fire basket components, with restaurant supply pizza pan, I mean professional ash catcher.
http://i923.photobucket.com/albums/a...d/IMG_0511.jpg

I used some angle iron to lift the grate of the fire basket 3" off of the ash pan. I could have used bolt like plenty of other people.... but this will make it more difficult if I ever need to change the height. <complete fire basket>
http://i923.photobucket.com/albums/a...d/IMG_0512.jpg

Here is the whole thing... pre-paint.
http://i923.photobucket.com/albums/a...d/IMG_0515.jpg

The whole thing, post-paint.
http://i923.photobucket.com/albums/a...d/IMG_0516.jpg

Now you may tell yourself, "this is not my beautiful wife." Sorry... I meant to say, "what are all those fittings for?" Well, my dear bretheren, I had plenty of ideas along the way (other thermometers, thermocouples, cigar holders, etc.).... and each idea deserved a fitting... so I put fittings everywhere.

Note to all of you on drilling your holes for the nipples/bushings/whatever: I had read that the best way was with a Unibit like product. So I looked all over and found one that wouldn't break the bank. The Unibit does not even come close to doing the job as well as a hole-saw. The hole saw takes 1/10 of the time, and give a more reliable end product. Maybe the unibit works better in a drill press.... I don't know, I couldn't get my drum into one.

My exhaust outlet. This was not my idea, and I got it from the Mother of All UDS Threads.... I just couldn't figure out which of the 450 pages it was on to give credit.
http://i923.photobucket.com/albums/a...d/IMG_0518.jpg

I added the option of a water pan / flower pot to my UDS. I have been cooking on a WSM, and I liked that abilty. Not sure this is the best way to do it..... but it's what I have for now.
http://i923.photobucket.com/albums/a...d/IMG_0521.jpg

Here is the final, ready for action, pic.... I'll try to keep it G-rated.
http://i923.photobucket.com/albums/a...d/IMG_0522.jpg

Thanks for noticing me.

Alan in Ga 07-31-2010 05:15 PM

Good looking drum there

thirdeye 07-31-2010 05:28 PM

What is the pipe in the center of the charcoal basket for?

Is there a rim on the ash tray? I've thought about adding one to my drums, but I have to tip the whole outfit about 40 when lowering and raising it to get around my thermo stem and grate bolts.

SmokinAussie 07-31-2010 05:31 PM

Hey Frog,

I love that shot with you looking filthy... and happy! It's a labour of love!

Cheers!

Bill

morgantm 07-31-2010 05:34 PM

That looks great! Makes all that hard work worth it now doesn't it

Moose 07-31-2010 05:58 PM

Great job!

Johnny_Crunch 07-31-2010 06:05 PM

Nice work, nothing ugly about that thing of beauty!

Captain Dave 07-31-2010 06:31 PM

Very nice! All that TLC really shows. Now get er dirty.

Phubar 07-31-2010 06:44 PM

I've had that same beige color in my Midi UDS.
I wire-brushed the top ring and then I said Phark it!
It was my first experience with liner,some tuPh sh!t!
Burned that drum out and it was quite easy to remove the liner.

Nice build...start the seasoning!

bobsuosso 07-31-2010 07:31 PM

awesome job, like the lid holder and handles

1_T_Scot 07-31-2010 08:07 PM

Great looking Drum! Ok why remove all of the paint from the outside of the drum?

stglide 07-31-2010 08:34 PM

Job well done! Looks like time well spent.

Phrasty 08-01-2010 12:07 AM

That looks great Bro... Great going! Congrats!

Cheers

The Frog 08-01-2010 12:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by thirdeye (Post 1354566)
What is the pipe in the center of the charcoal basket for?

Is there a rim on the ash tray? I've thought about adding one to my drums, but I have to tip the whole outfit about 40 when lowering and raising it to get around my thermo stem and grate bolts.

The pipe in the center of the basket is for raising and lowering the whole assembly. I can also pull the basket off of the ash tray (thanks BigMista).

About the ash pan: I made absolutely certain I did not have to tip the pan and basket to get it in and out. I wanted a pan that did not have much of a lip, so I knew I would not be able to tilt it. Additionally, I didn't want a lip on the pan to impede airflow. Anyhow, it might not collect everything, but I'm hoping it makes ash cleanup easier. I need to go clean it out right now... I did some pork butts on it today.

Thanks everyone.

GrillItGood 08-01-2010 12:41 AM

Nice craftsmanship.


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