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Unread 09-23-2012, 01:36 PM   #10096
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That is one epic thread...with a ton of information! I started about 2 weeks ago and have acquired my Weber grill and have almost completed the coal basket. Have to locate a drum yet. Plan on building the UDS to the Norco/KISS specifications and will post pics of my build. The people who adhere to the Norco/KISS specs seem to have the most success. That's not to say that mods are bad, but you must understand how these work to make mods that work. I intend to build a temp controller with a fan mod myself to help with overnight cooks. I HIGHLY recommend that people read the thread...there are many excellent UDS's here that are worth looking at! Thanks to everyone for contributing to this and making it a great source of information!
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Unread 09-23-2012, 05:24 PM   #10097
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Here is my finished UDS.....



More pron from my first build in my build thread. http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=143393

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Unread 09-23-2012, 06:28 PM   #10098
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Was just browsing through the homedepot website and found something that non-welder types can use to connect the charcoal basket rims to their base:



(The one pictured aboved is zinc coated but you get the idea.)

Or maybe get a smaller chain and weave it through the expanded metal, this way you will have a handle as well?
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Unread 09-23-2012, 09:18 PM   #10099
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Default FINALLY my smoker build

Hoping to score a kettle off of CL for cheap, and future mods would be handles, table and wheels. But, on the first seasoning run, held 225-250 for 6 hours on a windy day until I shut it down. Having trouble loading pics however
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Unread 09-24-2012, 12:43 AM   #10100
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For anybody in the OKC area, the Edmond Academy store has 12" thermometers on sale for $3.99, regularly $14.99. I thought it was a mistake at first, as they weren't marked as being on sale on the shelf, but it rang up correctly as a 12" thermo.

May or may not apply to all Academy stores.

With the credit we already had at Academy, I was able to pick up a hinged 22.5" Weber grate and a 12" thermo for a total of $3.8X, making my total UDS investment so far only $35 ($30 used unlined drum + today's purchase). Still need hardware (including nipples (tee-hee)), a charcoal grate, and expanded metal, though. Not a totally fair estimate considering we, at one time, gave money to Academy in order to have a credit there, but don't harsh my buzz, man.
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Unread 09-24-2012, 10:07 PM   #10101
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Just finished my first Boston butt. OMG, I think I could fall in love with this kind of kookin'
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Unread 09-24-2012, 11:52 PM   #10102
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Howdy All;

Well, so far I've read 750 of the 10,101 posts to see if I can unlock the secret of the UDS..... still back in 2007 ...

Will be traveling South for the Winter for the next week. Time to contemplate what I've read, and do some fishin...

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Unread 09-25-2012, 08:39 AM   #10103
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Here is a question I know some will have the answer to and I'm sure I've seen it on here somewhere.

I want to extend the height of my UDS by using another barrel (like the top 1/3 rd). Does anyone have pic on how it was/is done or a link to a thread that shows this.

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Unread 09-25-2012, 08:50 AM   #10104
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Here is a question I know some will have the answer to and I'm sure I've seen it on here somewhere.

I want to extend the height of my UDS by using another barrel (like the top 1/3 rd). Does anyone have pic on how it was/is done or a link to a thread that shows this.

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I did that very thing to my DrumPit and more...
Try these and see iff'n they help with your build......

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=28252
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=130795
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=131871
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=109339
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Unread 09-25-2012, 09:27 AM   #10105
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N8Man ... I'm using a flat lid on my open top UDS smoker at this time and have a closed end drum to use as an extended lid instead of a Weber lid. I'm intrested on how the two mate and if they will seal fairly well. I'm not planning to modify the UDS, just add an extended lid.



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Unread 09-25-2012, 12:09 PM   #10106
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N8Man ... I'm using a flat lid on my open top UDS smoker at this time and have a closed end drum to use as an extended lid instead of a Weber lid. I'm intrested on how the two mate and if they will seal fairly well. I'm not planning to modify the UDS, just add an extended lid.



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If I get what you're after, you want to use part of a second drum as the lid for your current UDS which will add some height when in place, yeah? Kind of like using a Weber lid on top of a UDS but instead you're using a second drum, so your "lid" will have straight walls and flat top.

If so, and you don't want to mod your current UDS (so you can continue using your current flat drum lid when you choose to), I'd imagine your best chance would be to take drum #2 and do whatever you have to to open the bottom... turn it upside down, cut off the bottom, etc. I'd then use some thinner gauge metal to make a long strip perhaps 7 or 8 inches in height and long enough to go around the inside circumference of your UDS. Weld or bolt it to the inside rim of your "lid" drum so maybe 3 or 4 inches extends down and can slide into the open top of your smoker. you may need to use some high temp silicone or other sealant to get rid of air leaks on your extension lid. Fine tune with a rubber mallet and I expect you'd be good to go.
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Unread 09-25-2012, 12:13 PM   #10107
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If I get what you're after, you want to use part of a second drum as the lid for your current UDS which will add some height when in place, yeah? Kind of like using a Weber lid on top of a UDS but instead you're using a second drum, so your "lid" will have straight walls and flat top.

If so, and you don't want to mod your current UDS (so you can continue using your current flat drum lid when you choose to), I'd imagine your best chance would be to take drum #2 and do whatever you have to to open the bottom... turn it upside down, cut off the bottom, etc. I'd then use some thinner gauge metal to make a long strip perhaps 7 or 8 inches in height and long enough to go around the inside circumference of your UDS. Weld or bolt it to the inside rim of your "lid" drum so maybe 3 or 4 inches extends down and can slide into the open top of your smoker. you may need to use some high temp silicone or other sealant to get rid of air leaks on your extension lid. Fine tune with a rubber mallet and I expect you'd be good to go.
Speed is a good thing when getting into, and out of a UDS IMHO...the more unwieldy you make the lid the more "farks" will be involved in getting it on and off :-). Unless you can hinge the extended lid.
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Unread 09-25-2012, 01:21 PM   #10108
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I made it through pages 280 over the last month and got started on my build.

Burned it out this weekend



All cleaned up, inside and out with the wire wheel. Lid got a little out of whack, so using the clamp to suck it back in.



Assembly and season in the next few days. Dont think Im gonna paint it....all the bells and whistles will come out on the next one.

Thanks for all the great posts with detailed info!

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Unread 09-25-2012, 04:49 PM   #10109
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You should clear coat to keep that funky pattern the wire wheel made..
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I'm liking the shelve set up. Anyone have any pics to share of how to set it up?
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