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Unread 08-19-2011, 10:21 PM   #8506
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hankll I forgot 2 mention as for Stubbs. The last sale that I know of this past summer was not in their sales flyer. It was and in-store special that was across the U.S.. Somebody on here sayed to put Stubbs in the search box on Lowes web site and it would give you the sale price. By the way I gave my neighber 2 bags of BlueK because that sale came within days afer I bought the bluek. Well he just grills on a webber and he knows why I use Stubbs and he bought a bag and likes it better for grilling than BlueK
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Unread 08-20-2011, 01:39 PM   #8507
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Carbon - Is that a heat deflector under the chicken? Could you post more images of your UDS, please?

Here is a stencil I did for mine.

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Unread 08-20-2011, 02:00 PM   #8508
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Carbon - Is that a heat deflector under the chicken?
Hi, yes it is. It's a 16" pizza pan placed on the third grate which is mounted exactly half way up the drum.
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Unread 08-20-2011, 02:02 PM   #8509
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so you use that for pork, etc? doesn't that prevent getting a nice bark or color on the meat?
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Unread 08-20-2011, 02:32 PM   #8510
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so you use that for pork, etc? doesn't that prevent getting a nice bark or color on the meat?
Since I'm still new to the UDS I've been experimenting with different ways. I've done several cooks with and without the pan or diffuser w/holes. I still got bark with the pan or diffuser on both beef and pork.
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Unread 08-21-2011, 08:30 PM   #8511
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Default My first cook on UDS

Today was a great day on my UDS I fired it up with 10lb of kingsford just to see if i could get this temperature control down. I got a Instant Read Digital Thermometer from harbor fright tools Item 95381 kinda spur of the moment thing i was there getting some casters for my UDS and they had them at the checkout line. IT WORKED LIKE A CHAMP made it much easier to see my temp climb and drop. any way I got it up to 230 and it was holding well with ball-valve open all the way and both caps on with one cap unscrewed to the first thread. It would almost come off.so that went well. then I wanted to cook a Chicken so I put it on and pulled the one cap off and the temp started to go up hit 314 and i stared to jack with the ball valve closed it down half way and the temp started going down just like a oven after 2 hours and the Chicken temp hit 200 i pulled it off had a great color and juicy and TASTY bring on the BRISKET



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Unread 08-22-2011, 12:18 PM   #8512
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Default First cook

Here's mine about as simple as can be. Bolt together basket, magnets, flat lid, and single grate. Cooked some spares and my first fatty. Credit the wife for her mad bacon weaving skills. There was thunder storms called for the afternoon so I cooked a little on the hot side. Side temp with a short digital probe stayed nice and steady around 225-230.

The ribs were a little overcooked at 5 hours the fatty was perfect at 170.

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Unread 08-22-2011, 09:03 PM   #8513
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Here's mine about as simple as can be. Bolt together basket, magnets, flat lid, and single grate. Cooked some spares and my first fatty. Credit the wife for her mad bacon weaving skills. There was thunder storms called for the afternoon so I cooked a little on the hot side. Side temp with a short digital probe stayed nice and steady around 225-230.

The ribs were a little overcooked at 5 hours the fatty was perfect at 170.

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Nice work! What all did you put in that fatty? That's my next smoke! Did you cook the fatty for 5 hours @ 225-230?
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Thanks mike5150! Forgot to get a green pepper so the fatty was a pound of Jimmy Dean, onion, frozen kale, and habanero jack cheese. It was done in about 3 hours. Based on what I read here the side temp is around 25 degrees cooler than the center so around 250. Still 3 hours was faster than I was expecting. Good luck with yours
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Unread 08-23-2011, 11:18 AM   #8515
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Default Finaly finished my UDS and put it to the test.

I found a food grade mineral oil drum for $10.00 and a slightly damaged but easy to fix Weber 22.5 kettle grill for $35.00 new in box. It took me a couple of days to complete but man is this thing impressive. As usual the wife didn't like the money being spent or that it's another one of my "projects" but all was forgiven when she tasted the pork loin. I had to add a band of 2 inch flat steel bolted around the inside of the top so the the Weber kettle lid fits decently. It does leak some smoke around the lid in a couple of areas but I have no problem controlling the temp. For it's maiden voyage I smoked a dry rubbed pork loin for about 2 1/2 to 3 hours until the internal temp was 160. I then wrapped it in aluminum foil to rest off of the heat until dinner about an hour later. The UDS's temp maxed out at 250 while it was unattended. Regardless of the slightly higher than wanted temp the pork loin was juicy, fork tender, and very smokey. The best part were the sandwiches made with the leftovers the next day. The picture is only half of the pork loin.
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You boys are making me jealous. Some of these smokers are anything but ugly. I’ve got some tweaking to do, but mine is about done. Still can’t get the perfect seal on my Weber lid on the top of the drum but it’s a work in progress. Pics to come soon hopefully.
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Unread 08-24-2011, 12:50 PM   #8517
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Here is my obligatory post stating I read the entire thread and am now working on gathering parts. I have been using an electric ECB for the last 4-5 years with a BBQ Guru successfully, but it is no longer big enough.

I also want to switch and try charcoal as a heat source as well, so UDS it it. I guess I could always use my heating element from the ECB if I run out of charcoal :)

I'll call it a dual-fuel UDS.

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Unread 08-24-2011, 05:39 PM   #8519
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Any feedback from people that have used the PVC valves? I've seen a lot of pictures in the thread, how do they work?

I'm thinking one 1-1/2" or 2" air hole with a PVC valve.

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I found a food grade mineral oil drum for $10.00 and a slightly damaged but easy to fix Weber 22.5 kettle grill for $35.00 new in box. It took me a couple of days to complete but man is this thing impressive. As usual the wife didn't like the money being spent or that it's another one of my "projects" but all was forgiven when she tasted the pork loin. I had to add a band of 2 inch flat steel bolted around the inside of the top so the the Weber kettle lid fits decently. It does leak some smoke around the lid in a couple of areas but I have no problem controlling the temp. For it's maiden voyage I smoked a dry rubbed pork loin for about 2 1/2 to 3 hours until the internal temp was 160. I then wrapped it in aluminum foil to rest off of the heat until dinner about an hour later. The UDS's temp maxed out at 250 while it was unattended. Regardless of the slightly higher than wanted temp the pork loin was juicy, fork tender, and very smokey. The best part were the sandwiches made with the leftovers the next day. The picture is only half of the pork loin.
That looks awesome! Definitely my next project (after reading all 500+ pages!)
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