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Unread 07-31-2010, 05:04 PM   #1
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Default 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.


And here is the beige paint of doom.


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.


I could have bought grates for a 22 1/2 kettle. Nope.... just plain hard headed.


Fire basket components, with restaurant supply pizza pan, I mean professional ash catcher.


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>


Here is the whole thing... pre-paint.


The whole thing, post-paint.


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.


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.


Here is the final, ready for action, pic.... I'll try to keep it G-rated.


Thanks for noticing me.
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Unread 07-31-2010, 05:15 PM   #2
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Good looking drum there
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Unread 07-31-2010, 05:28 PM   #3
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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.
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Hey Frog,

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

Cheers!

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That looks great! Makes all that hard work worth it now doesn't it
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Great job!
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Unread 07-31-2010, 06:05 PM   #7
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Nice work, nothing ugly about that thing of beauty!
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Very nice! All that TLC really shows. Now get er dirty.
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Unread 07-31-2010, 06:44 PM   #9
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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!
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awesome job, like the lid holder and handles
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Great looking Drum! Ok why remove all of the paint from the outside of the drum?
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Job well done! Looks like time well spent.
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That looks great Bro... Great going! Congrats!

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Quote:
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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.
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Nice craftsmanship.
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