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Old 12-10-2012, 09:10 PM   #1
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Default My UDS

So I finally built my UDS. I have not made it through every post in this thread but I read the first 250-300 pages worth and was able to get the basics down. All the input here is awesome and I appreciate it a lot. I found this thread because I wanted something better than the $10 Char-broil grill I picked up at a garage sale (although I did learn a lot cooking on it, it was time for something a little better). I didn't want to break the bank so when I found the UDS I knew I hit the jackpot.

After spending plenty of time reading I started gathering parts. I talked to my Dad, "he's got this ultimate set of tools". I will admit up front he did a lot of the work/fabrication, but I was the brains behind the operation.

So here it is from start to finish:

Oil drum, closed top

Top cut off, cleaning out the excess before the burn out


More fire!

Burned out, pressure washed, and dried out

Intakes added, along with some angle iron and wheels

***At this point it was getting late and I didn't get pictures of adding the side tables but you can see them in the final pics.***

Charcoal basket before the intial burn the following night

Side tables added and some paint the next day (it was raining and I wanted to get it sealed up)

Finished product! Sorry it's a little dark, best pic I have right now, by the time I get home from work there isn't much natural day light and the lighting in my garage is bad. Being a Notre Dame fan and living nearby I went with the ND color scheme (complete with Golden Dome). Side tables are stainless, big belly mod on the ball valve on the right, bottom therm is a 12" through a stainless bolt. I will be posting some pr0n soon!
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:13 PM   #2
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Nice build!

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Old 12-10-2012, 09:15 PM   #3
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Nice! You're gonna love it. I use mine all the time. :)
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:16 PM   #4
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Awesome design!
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:24 PM   #5
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Nice build! Hope you enjoy it.
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:31 PM   #6
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Nice UDS. Too bad you could not find some crimson paint. Roll tide ! SEC will prevail in the national championship again !!!
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:14 PM   #7
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Good job on the build. Now, get er dirty with a nekit fatty or whatever.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:20 PM   #8
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looks good
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:02 AM   #9
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You are going to love that rig, the UDS doesnt need any luck to cook great.
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:10 AM   #10
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Nice Job! Did the fire pretty much take off all the outside paint?
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:34 AM   #11
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Nice clean build - a lot nicer than mine.
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:49 AM   #12
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I'd say you got the basics quite well! Now get'er dirty!
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Old 12-11-2012, 08:13 AM   #13
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The one problem I see, no smoke shots except for the burn out. Not nice to tease.
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:52 AM   #14
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Looks great! My barrel is still just sitting there staring at me. I guess it's not gonna just build itself unfortunately.
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:23 PM   #15
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Very nice, wish I could weld things to my uds like that, but my welder is a flux core and just does not want to let me weld heaver metal to drum material, without burning holes and tons of splatter.
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