I am so confused by this UDS. Not ripping it but I live in MN and cook when it's -10* and have never seen a difference. I've cooked in the rain. In high winds and have never shielded or insulated my UDS.
Originally Posted by Southern Home Boy
I actually built mine inside a larger, 85 gal drum that I use as a "shell":
There's another Brother here - Smokin' Joe - who did the same thing (I shigged his idea
) The biggest difference is his is insulated with rock wool and mine just uses the air gap as an insulator.
I can lay my hand on the outside of the drum anytime during a cook and just hold it there. It gets warm, but not hot enough to burn and the shell does a good job of keeping it from losing heat to the wind or rain.
The lid is still an issue. I haven't come up with a way to insulate the lid yet that I'm willing to try.
At the end of the day, I don't think it matters too much though.