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Unread 07-06-2011, 02:01 PM   #8191
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Unread 07-06-2011, 09:49 PM   #8192
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I am new to the UDS and am sure this has been asked but can not find it..What grate is the best to use the Weber 70901 non-hinged grate or the
Weber 7436 Hinged grate?
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Unread 07-06-2011, 10:15 PM   #8193
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I'm new but just started my first UDS build after browsing through a lot of this thread, and felt I should share. Thanks to everyone for the advice. I got a barrel that contained liquid sugar and just put the intake holes in tonight. I went with 3 3/4" pipe nipples, 2 capped and 1 with a ball valve, 3" from the base. I only messed up the first hole, the rest fit real tight. I'm planning on welding them in, but I have no experience welding so it should be interesting. I haven't burnt the barrel out yet, that is going to happen this weekend. I used the existing hole in the lid that came with the barrel and put a 2" x 5" pipe nipple for the exhaust. If I end up needing more, I'll just drill in some additional holes. I also added a cheap handle to the lid. I'm planning on starting with a single grate from another grill for the cooking surface. I got some scrap expanded steel to make the charcoal basket out of, but I haven't started that yet. I'll post some progress pictures along the way. Here are some pictures so far. Please let me know what you think, or if I should add anything.
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Unread 07-06-2011, 11:32 PM   #8194
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Big thumbs up to this forum for all the great information and inspiration

I scoured the pages upon pages of information, then set out on my own journey to build the ultimate backyard bbq beast.

Just a few notes that may be helpful to the next guy:
I have no welding skills or access to equipment -- and still ended up with a pretty decent fire box. I found the expanded metal at Orchard Supply in 12" x 24". Picked up two pieces and molded them around the ol' propane tank. Bolted the two ends together. Used the bottom bolts (about 2" from the edge) to serve as supports for the Weber Kettle coal grate. Added 2 additional bolts opposite of the seams to complete the support. This gave the coal grate 2" of lift from the bottom of the pizza pan / ash pan. The stainless steel carriage bolts lift the pizza pan about 1" from the bottom of the drum and secure the fire box to the ash pan. End result -- base of coals are about 3" off the bottom of the drum. Not shown is the wire basket handle I added. I fretted for a bit regarding the placement of the food grate. Lots of different opinions on distance from fire, etc.
I ended up just measuring about 7" down from the top of the drum and placing the grate there.

Once it was assembled, I built two fires in it just to burn it out and season it a bit. Then I gave it a go with some chicken quarters. I had it running about 225 - 250 depending on how I fiddled with the air flow.

I let the chicken go about 3.5 hrs -- internal temp about 160 degrees. Ended up super tender and juicy! I'm a convert!
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Unread 07-06-2011, 11:33 PM   #8195
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It's hard to beat a UDS for the money. Nice, bro!
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Unread 07-06-2011, 11:35 PM   #8196
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I'm new but just started my first UDS build after browsing through a lot of this thread, and felt I should share. Thanks to everyone for the advice. I got a barrel that contained liquid sugar and just put the intake holes in tonight. I went with 3 3/4" pipe nipples, 2 capped and 1 with a ball valve, 3" from the base. I only messed up the first hole, the rest fit real tight. I'm planning on welding them in, but I have no experience welding so it should be interesting. I haven't burnt the barrel out yet, that is going to happen this weekend. I used the existing hole in the lid that came with the barrel and put a 2" x 5" pipe nipple for the exhaust. If I end up needing more, I'll just drill in some additional holes. I also added a cheap handle to the lid. I'm planning on starting with a single grate from another grill for the cooking surface. I got some scrap expanded steel to make the charcoal basket out of, but I haven't started that yet. I'll post some progress pictures along the way. Here are some pictures so far. Please let me know what you think, or if I should add anything.

Burn it out, wash it good with some soap and water, dry it, spray it down with some Pam (or other spray oil), put a hot fire in it and let it season good, paint the outside with some high heat paint, then start coooking on it and post some pron! It looks good, bro.
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Unread 07-06-2011, 11:46 PM   #8197
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I am new to the UDS and am sure this has been asked but can not find it..What grate is the best to use the Weber 70901 non-hinged grate or the
Weber 7436 Hinged grate?
The Hinges are great for adding hot coals to a Kettle. Can't see a need for on the drum.
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Unread 07-06-2011, 11:49 PM   #8198
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I am new to the UDS and am sure this has been asked but can not find it..What grate is the best to use the Weber 70901 non-hinged grate or the
Weber 7436 Hinged grate?

I used hinges to hold the grates. It makes it a lot easier to remove the grates, charcoal basket and ash pan.

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Unread 07-07-2011, 01:44 AM   #8199
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I figured it was about time to add my $0.02.... I've been lurking around the bretheren for a while....


With the help of Brother Thawley I build a UDS.


Here's it working:




Here's the fire basket:


Here's there UUDS(tm) foot operated vents




and here's my first smoke:





Got lots to learn... but so far it's been fun
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Unread 07-07-2011, 01:56 AM   #8200
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I just got my first UDS and am as proud of it as my first pickup truck.
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Unread 07-07-2011, 02:00 AM   #8201
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I figured it was about time to add my $0.02.... I've been lurking around the bretheren for a while....


With the help of Brother Thawley I build a UDS.


Here's it working:




Here's the fire basket:


Here's there UUDS(tm) foot operated vents




and here's my first smoke:





Got lots to learn... but so far it's been fun
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Unread 07-07-2011, 03:36 AM   #8202
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Hello, newbee here, glad to have found and read (most of this thread ) thanks guys. Lots of info except I can't find any about using bottom feed air instead of side feed or a combination of each. Seems to me that if I install a 1" valve in the bottom for air supply and grease cleaning and a 3/4" valve on the side. Open both valves for start up and then close bottom 1" valve. Regulate with the 3/4" valve. If more air is needed slowly open 1" valve untill desired temp is acheived. I know a drip pan will be needed under the 1" valve to catch the stuff that marks the spot of a well used BBQ unit. I have not built mine yet- next week I hope. Everyone using 3/4" valves talk about running with just the valve open and the nipples closed to purr at 230 and only opening one and then closing the valve down to 50% to get 300 degree temps. Am I wrong ? Wouldn't center feed under the ash pan provide even air supply to the fire no matter where the the fire is in the basket ? The 1" in the bottom will be handy for cleanup afterward. Please advice me on this before I actually do it. I had given up on smoking with a cos, but now that I found the UDS, I can't wait to build mine. Thanks
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Unread 07-07-2011, 03:58 AM   #8203
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I used hinges to hold the grates. It makes it a lot easier to remove the grates, charcoal basket and ash pan.

Where did you order/find this hinges? I want some, bad!
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Yup that hinge deal will be on my next UDS. Thanks
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Hello, newbee here, glad to have found and read (most of this thread ) thanks guys. Lots of info except I can't find any about using bottom feed air instead of side feed or a combination of each.
Here's a thread with pics of air intake from the bottom of the drum: http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=82554

Another example: http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...8&postcount=24
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