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Unread 10-03-2010, 03:31 PM   #6886
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I just wanted to cross-link these threads here as the other threads will soon be buried and lost. Hopefully these two threads will be helpful to those in the future.

UDS Cart: http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=93365



Mini Grill at Lowe's can be used for parts: http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=93253



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Unread 10-03-2010, 05:42 PM   #6887
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Just wanted to say thanks to Norco and the rest of the brethren for sharing their wealth of knowledge on the construction of an Ugly Drum Smoker.
I am now an official member of the UDS family. Here is my first UDS....
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Unread 10-03-2010, 06:04 PM   #6888
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Sweet! Now fire that bad boy up and get smokin'!

What are you planning on for the first cook?
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Unread 10-03-2010, 06:42 PM   #6889
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Sweet! Now fire that bad boy up and get smokin'!

What are you planning on for the first cook?
It's on its maiden voyage as we speak, being seasoned with pam.
I'll probably make a few racks of ribs next weekend for the football games.
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Unread 10-03-2010, 06:50 PM   #6890
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Well thought I would share a few work in progress pics


This is a picture of my blower assembly. It is the bottom of 2 #12 cans (peaches I think...). The inside one was scalloped by bending it every 1/2 with a plyers - that made it just slightly smaller than the one on the outside.



The guts - expanded metal basket, rebar chicken foot for feet and a lifting handle, commerical aluminum pizza pan bottom - oh and an air diffuser (since I am using a blower)



Basket ready to load (ok, this is what was left from the last burn - but it was a nice even burn)



Inside of drum - note the single 3/4" air intake (it is connected to the blower). The other item to note is the valve stem for the temp probe.



Ready to light with diffuser and basket assembly in place



Still work to be done...but fully operational. Only posting this picture to show the outside view of the valve stem (for temp probe).
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Unread 10-03-2010, 06:56 PM   #6891
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just a bit more on the last pic. The pit has a backup thermometer - to double check the digital pit temp probe connected to the Guru.

I will be putting in a second valve stem (shortened and probably drilled out a bit more) for the meat temp probe wire (did not get to it today). I have not actually mounted the Guru to it (have it laying stuff next to pit), but that will get fixed next weekend as well.
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Unread 10-03-2010, 09:25 PM   #6892
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Well I built my first UDS this weekend. The only thing I have left to do is Paint on my Texas Longhorn decal and put on my bottle opener. I must say that I am in love with this smoker. I put in 10 lbs of lump and three fist size pieces of mesquite and got 13 hours at 225-275. I did my first fattie and it was AMAZING! Im gonna do a couple butts this coming up weekend. I will have better pics of the UDS in the next couple of days.
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Unread 10-04-2010, 07:16 AM   #6893
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in houston you can find new unlined drums, thus saving you the headache of burning / sanding your interior:

Burbank Barrel & Drum Inc
  • (713) 675-0941
1402 Clinton Dr
Galena Park, TX 77547

When you get your drum, make sure that the paint (ouside) on the lid is black, this means the interior is unlined. The guy that picked up the drum at first gave me a white top and when i got home it was painted inside, they exchanged it without any problem.
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Unread 10-04-2010, 09:56 AM   #6894
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I am in the process of building my first UDS.

I already own a Digi Q II that I use with my Lg. BGE.

What are the best ways to create a Digi Q hook up on a UDS.

It would be way too easy if the fan fit a standard size pipe fitting!!

3/4" fittings too small... 1" too large...

Would love to see how others have done it.
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I am in the process of building my first UDS.

I already own a Digi Q II that I use with my Lg. BGE.

What are the best ways to create a Digi Q hook up on a UDS.

It would be way too easy if the fan fit a standard size pipe fitting!!

3/4" fittings too small... 1" too large...

Would love to see how others have done it.
Go to the bbq guru website and there will be info on the setup there.
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Weber Smokey Mountain 18.5 (2x)
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Unread 10-04-2010, 11:10 AM   #6896
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Where is everybody gettin' their bottle openers from? Online or local, I'm in Canada.
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Where is everybody gettin' their bottle openers from? Online or local, I'm in Canada.
Amazon.com
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Another wire shelving fire basket!! Woo Hoo!!
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Another wire shelving fire basket!! Woo Hoo!!
Yep, it worked better than I thought it would. I used that load as a seasoning burn for a new drum. I was kind of afraid that it would fall out the sides or clog up and die but it burned to completion. Pan was plenty full of ash though so if it has been a long cook it might have had issues. I have a bigger, "traditional" charcoal basket for long cooks so this one will work great for ribs, chicken, etc.
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Yep, it worked better than I thought it would. I used that load as a seasoning burn for a new drum. I was kind of afraid that it would fall out the sides or clog up and die but it burned to completion. Pan was plenty full of ash though so if it has been a long cook it might have had issues. I have a bigger, "traditional" charcoal basket for long cooks so this one will work great for ribs, chicken, etc.
I ran this one for about 16 hours w/o any ash build-up problems:
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