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Unread 06-07-2010, 04:55 PM   #16
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Sounds good. It somewhere to start I will definately try that first and see where I get. Thanks Definately glad I joined this site!
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Unread 06-07-2010, 04:59 PM   #17
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You need more draft, If I were trying to tune that monster I would make the stack at least 2 or 3 feet longer to induce more draft.

You could also try placing some steel tuning plates over your hole from the firebox to the cook chamber, below grate level and slide them around making gaps until you can get the convection down.

You could probably use a bit more intake size as well.
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Unread 06-07-2010, 05:00 PM   #18
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It does leak a bit. there is a silicone gasket around the doors that works pretty well. Its not leak proof but its pretty good. the hole that joins the smoke box to barrel is 6in by 4in. Didnt know if it was to small
i have never seen it, but i have heard reference to a thread about sizing your firebox and opening in relation to your smoke chamber. i could be wrong but that hole sounds pretty small in relation to the area you are trying to heat. have you ever checked your temp coming out of your exhaust pipe?
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Unread 06-07-2010, 05:10 PM   #19
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Definately could use some tuning plates or take a 6 to 8 inch pipe and run it from the fire box to the other side. Cut holes in the pipe starting with small holes close to the fire box and getting larger as you get to the other end. Definately need more draw on your exhaust ( bigger Pipe ) and higher. Also needs a larger intake.

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Get a bigger exhaust , you haven't good air flow. Also maybe a bigger intake can't make it out on the pic. You can't get your exhaust too large always can block it off
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You think a larger diameter exhaust pipe? or just add on to that one?
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Definately could use some tuning plates or take a 6 to 8 inch pipe and run it from the fire box to the other side. Cut holes in the pipe starting with small holes close to the fire box and getting larger as you get to the other end. Definately need more draw on your exhaust ( bigger Pipe ) and higher. Also needs a larger intake.

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i had the same thing going.... I scrapped it. Now i am gonna use the double barrel chamber just for pigs, if I get around to it. I like Spicewine's answer, you should try those mods. I'd love to see you get this cooker cookin! Who knows, it might motivate me to finish this one. That thing would look super mean with a big chrome stack!!!
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Thanks for the advice guys. It definately helps a lot. Don't know to many around here into these kind of projects. I will keep everyone posted on the project. There is a BBq comp at the end of august I want to have this cooker ready for up until now I was using webers and store model offsets to cook on.
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Thanks for the advice guys. It definately helps a lot. Don't know to many around here into these kind of projects. I will keep everyone posted on the project. There is a BBq comp at the end of august I want to have this cooker ready for up until now I was using webers and store model offsets to cook on.
I know I'm going to sound like a broken record but seriously...if you have access to 55 gal drums like that you REALLY should consider building a UDS since you obviously have fabricating skills. A UDS will really surprise you. Until I cooked on 1...I was skeptical as well. Now that I'm cooking on a UDS I have 3 friends building their own as we speak to replace their cheap-o store bought off-set smokers.
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I just dont think the uds has the room that i am trying to achieve. but for and extra smoker for around the house I will definately try that out. It will be my next project. The girlfriend is gonna love seeing me build yet another grill lol.
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Definately could use some tuning plates or take a 6 to 8 inch pipe and run it from the fire box to the other side. Cut holes in the pipe starting with small holes close to the fire box and getting larger as you get to the other end. Definately need more draw on your exhaust ( bigger Pipe ) and higher. Also needs a larger intake.

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Thanks Spice,
I am going to add these mods and will let you know of my progress, thanks.
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i had the same thing going.... I scrapped it. Now i am gonna use the double barrel chamber just for pigs, if I get around to it. I like Spicewine's answer, you should try those mods. I'd love to see you get this cooker cookin! Who knows, it might motivate me to finish this one. That thing would look super mean with a big chrome stack!!!
I am definately working night and day on this smoker. I will let you know how this works out thanks!
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Unread 06-07-2010, 11:29 PM   #29
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I just dont think the uds has the room that i am trying to achieve. but for and extra smoker for around the house I will definately try that out. It will be my next project. The girlfriend is gonna love seeing me build yet another grill lol.

Yes, but for a lot less work, you could use 2 or 3 UDS's and cook a lot of meat. I mean, unless you're looking to go whole hog. I got 12 racks of baby backs on my UDS this weekend all at once. I could put 6 or 8 butts on there too.


Hell.....what am I saying....I've GOT one and I'm looking as I type this for an offset. You already look like you're on your way, just need some tweaking.




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Welp, how much fuel and what type of fuel you using?
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