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Unread 02-02-2010, 09:01 AM   #4876
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No. Any tools used for the build, including the aforementioned torch set, a new SawZall, a Milwaukee drill, an HVLP painting system, a pressure washer, a sand blaster, a 250 amp Miller MIG welder, a lathe, and a Bridgeport milling machine are all things the average homeowner needs anyway, and should in no way be applied towards the price of the UDS.
You forgot the plasma cutter and the air compressor for the HVLP gun as well as a large assortment of air tools, nibbler, grinder, drills, etc.

As for this talk about using a diffuser, if the air intake is from the bottom like mine, it keeps hot coals from falling out; in addition to distributing the intake air.
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Unread 02-02-2010, 09:26 AM   #4877
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New to the thread, and just thought i would posa few pics of my build and first cook. completed over the week end. By the way, this thing is a loooooooong read, but worth it!

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Unread 02-02-2010, 10:13 AM   #4878
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Hello and let me say this is my first post, I just built a UDS over this past weekend and I am getting ready to do the first big burn it this thing. Without going back through all 326 pages what would you guys estimate the number of regular size pallets I should get to do the burn. I got a hit on some and told them to hold 10 for me, will that be enough? Thanks and again this is a great site. Chief
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Unread 02-02-2010, 01:54 PM   #4879
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Should do the job.....^^^^^^^

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Unread 02-02-2010, 02:45 PM   #4880
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Dubster- that looks like the perfect build. Some good eating there too!
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Unread 02-02-2010, 03:50 PM   #4881
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Here is a pic of my build, I know I posted it in a different thread a few days ago but never did here. This thread is where it all started for me... so thanks everyone.







The one of the left was the first one I build... within a week I was cooking for enough That I had to make another.

Thanks again for all the help and Info.
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Unread 02-02-2010, 06:23 PM   #4882
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Thanks. Good food so far, however i still need to work on temp control!
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Unread 02-02-2010, 08:22 PM   #4883
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Hello and let me say this is my first post, I just built a UDS over this past weekend and I am getting ready to do the first big burn it this thing. Without going back through all 326 pages what would you guys estimate the number of regular size pallets I should get to do the burn. I got a hit on some and told them to hold 10 for me, will that be enough? Thanks and again this is a great site. Chief
I used 3 pallets and about 5 pieces of split oak. I would make sure the pallets were not chemically treated for overseas shipments. jmo
my drum held mineral oil from a bakery.
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Unread 02-02-2010, 09:16 PM   #4884
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I was on my way back from Memphis to Atlanta today and stopped at a Farmer Co-op and found an open top food grade barrel for $20. It looks like it has a liner in it, like a dark rust brown color. Never the less I can't say how excited I am to put one together.
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Unread 02-03-2010, 12:22 AM   #4885
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Basket weber 18.5 coal grill wrap expanded metal

Colman firepit top welded on top of lid

custom flame job
Ready to go sponsored by Bill's Gambling Hall & Saloon ready for first cook this weekend how do i go about seasoning? can, should I eat the food the first cook? Anybody else have the damn needle fall off the thermo?

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Unread 02-03-2010, 09:29 AM   #4886
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Thanks for the response on the making of a donor drum lid.

Now it looks like i gotta buy an anvil.

Unless someone has a better idea, I really hope so, anvils are $60 at harbor freight.

I was wondering if anyone had pit an inner rim around the donor lid to make it fit and seal. Just a thought.

I was in sheet metal job shops for about 15 years, but, alas no brake, no shear, no 1/2 million 32 die cnc punch press now if I had access to one the old shops..., well it wouldn't be a UDS then would it, it would be art.

Anyway, I'm looking to getting around to making two or more of these.

I do have another question.

I've been cooking using LP on an Smokey Mountain smoker for the last couple of years, so i'm not familiar with charcoal either lump or brickette.
I've seen postings that have raised the problems of too much moisture in the charcoal wreaking havock on uneven burns.

Here's the question .... ( I know some of you are glad I finally got there)
If it's stored in the garage or even an extra drum with a lid could you still end up with a moisture problem?
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Unread 02-03-2010, 09:51 AM   #4887
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Well botherbd, I actually did not use an anvil on the first top I beat up. A cut off piece of wood like a 2x8 worked well. 3/4" plywood would work also. Just laid it on a cement step, knelt down and banged away. Worked fine. On the second one, I put a chunk of
1 1/2" thick steel on the work bench and pounded on that. Worked well but made a lot more noise. No need to buy an anvil, the wood will work as a base and result in softer noises too!
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jednalf
just rub down the inside with bacon to season. I rubbed mine and thru in a fatty just for good measure. I guess it was fit to eat, I'm still here to post about it?
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Unread 02-03-2010, 09:55 AM   #4889
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Well botherbd, I actually did not use an anvil on the first top I beat up. A cut off piece of wood like a 2x8 worked well. 3/4" plywood would work also. Just laid it on a cement step, knelt down and banged away. Worked fine. On the second one, I put a chunk of
1 1/2" thick steel on the work bench and pounded on that. Worked well but made a lot more noise. No need to buy an anvil, the wood will work as a base and result in softer noises too!

As to the moisture thing. I use Wicked Good Lump and have for years. It's kept in an enclosed but unheated space under my living room. No problems yet. I've heard briquettes can absorb moisture from the air and then won't burn well. If they get rained on and really get wet, I think they may just fall apart. Don't really know though. If you keep the charcoal in a tight container all should be well.

Sorry about the semi-double post.
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Unread 02-03-2010, 09:59 AM   #4890
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i completed my first UDS last night(it happened trust me). I bought a cheap 22.5" grill grate from menards. It has a shiney black coating on it, do i need to burn that off before i cook on it.
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