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Unread 07-12-2012, 07:58 PM   #9751
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Just put this one together!

Can't wait to try it out!

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Unread 07-12-2012, 09:13 PM   #9752
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Just put this one together!

Can't wait to try it out!

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That thing is going to spil if you don't set it upright.
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Unread 07-14-2012, 12:05 AM   #9753
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I have built 3 uds's. They all came out real well. Dome lids, double cook racks, 15 inch round charcoal baskets, as pans etc.

The first one i built started out as super simple. Drilled 4 intake holes and used sheet magnets to control air intake. That actually works good except i had them stuck directly to the side of the drum and after about 2-3 hours at heat they start loosin their "sticky power".

Ok..insert nipples and weld them in. Prob solved. But now i'm startin to think i want to build me a flat top to play around with and was just "thinkin" about makin the air intake a bit simpler.
i read about bds cookers and how they use some kind of plugs in 8 or 10 holes. Low heat= 1 or 2 plugs open...more heat = more holes open.
what kind of plugs????? Brethren are always talkin about using silicon to seal air leaks...so i did a search on silicon plugs....and found a LOT of co.'s
makin them. they use them in powder coating and electro baking.
withstand 600 degrees F.
Any of u guys (like maybe Norco) have any thoughts on using these plugs?
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Unread 07-14-2012, 12:25 AM   #9754
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Default My first UDS!

I've had this barrel for sometime now and I'm finally getting around to building my first UDS. It was a brand new barrel and had only been painted (in-n-out) when I got my hands on it.







About an hour or so with the wire wheel and she is looking good from the inside out.







At the same time, also put in my 3 vent pipes and plug welded up a couple small holes that were drilled into the bottom.




Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this site and mostly to this thread... I have just about read every page at this point, I just wish I could remember it all. LOL.
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Unread 07-14-2012, 05:36 AM   #9755
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I am in the process of building 6 more and that is the theme I am going with. Yours looks good.
Thanks. Added a couple Toxic stencils.

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Unread 07-14-2012, 06:25 AM   #9756
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I have built 3 uds's. They all came out real well. Dome lids, double cook racks, 15 inch round charcoal baskets, as pans etc.

The first one i built started out as super simple. Drilled 4 intake holes and used sheet magnets to control air intake. That actually works good except i had them stuck directly to the side of the drum and after about 2-3 hours at heat they start loosin their "sticky power".

Ok..insert nipples and weld them in. Prob solved. But now i'm startin to think i want to build me a flat top to play around with and was just "thinkin" about makin the air intake a bit simpler.
i read about bds cookers and how they use some kind of plugs in 8 or 10 holes. Low heat= 1 or 2 plugs open...more heat = more holes open.
what kind of plugs????? Brethren are always talkin about using silicon to seal air leaks...so i did a search on silicon plugs....and found a LOT of co.'s
makin them. they use them in powder coating and electro baking.
withstand 600 degrees F.
Any of u guys (like maybe Norco) have any thoughts on using these plugs?

I can see no reason they would not work :-). it might be nice to have a short slice of pipe to push them into, say take a 6" nipple and cut it into pieces, or ask the HW store to cut you however 1" long slices you wanted :-).
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Unread 07-14-2012, 01:12 PM   #9757
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Thanks Will. good idea. And a bump back to the top!!
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Unread 07-15-2012, 06:14 PM   #9758
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Ok, I have gathered almost everything for UDS build. I have a couple questions: What thermometer are most using to mount on the drum, i have an ET-73 as well. Where are you uys finding the high temp paint in other than balck, silver or white?

Thanks!
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Unread 07-15-2012, 06:43 PM   #9759
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I got some caliper red paint and gold flake engine paint from Advanced Auto parts.
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Unread 07-15-2012, 07:24 PM   #9760
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Yep, engine paint from any auto parts store.
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Unread 07-15-2012, 08:46 PM   #9761
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Contemplating the intake on my next uds build. The first one I used 1/4 turn ball valves but I wondered, has anyone used the daisy wheel intakes from a donor grill for intake vents?

I've seen a lot of various intake mods but don't recall seeing those.
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Unread 07-16-2012, 09:02 AM   #9762
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Ok, I have gathered almost everything for UDS build. I have a couple questions: What thermometer are most using to mount on the drum, i have an ET-73 as well. Where are you uys finding the high temp paint in other than balck, silver or white?

Thanks!

I just used plain old spray paint, if you do not do anything "strange" the drum will not generally get that hot. That said I did hit the charcoal with the air from a small shop vac and "toast" my normal paint a bit :-).

My favorite thermo so far is one I got with a Turkey Fryer from Gander Mtn, it has a long enough reach to go to drum center from the side, BUT I did find that installing it that way means it picks up radiant heat from below and gives a reading that is not "true".

On the pie or other shaped rotating vents, What I hate about them the little I have used them is the lack of precision, I have seen where people made a rotating cover for just a single 1/2" or 3/4" hole, that looked pretty cool. That gives you the option to use it "binary" (on or off) or analog (partially open) :-).
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Unread 07-16-2012, 11:51 AM   #9763
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Just finished UDS#5 Nothing fancy, just functional. 16"x16" charcoal basket with adjustable charcoal grate so I can use it to grill if needed. Breaking it in with a spatchcocked bird.
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Unread 07-16-2012, 12:03 PM   #9764
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Just finished UDS#5 Nothing fancy, just functional. 16"x16" charcoal basket with adjustable charcoal grate so I can use it to grill if needed. Breaking it in with a spatchcocked bird.
Looks great
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Unread 07-17-2012, 01:01 PM   #9765
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She's finally done. I didn't quite get the blue I was looking for, but it still looks pretty good. This thing ROCKS! I've done a breakfast fatty, an 8lb picnic, spares, ABTs, and some chicken breasts. Everything has turned out great.

I borrowed a buddy's PitmasterIQ and smokered the picnic over night at 240 - 250. After 16 hours, I still had more than 1/2 of the original charcoal left.

Unfortunately (for me), I built this one for my brother-in-law. Hopefully the next one will do just as well.
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