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Old 05-09-2013, 06:42 AM   #1
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Join Date: 04-12-13
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Default The flying saucer

New guy here. Last weekend I finally used the small steel barrel I've had for a few years to build a Mini-UDS. I'll let the build pics speak for themselves, and then I have a question.......

The barrel with vent holes drilled in:

It snowed the day of the burn-in:

Barrel cleaned up with rotary wire brush and elbows welded on:

1" valves put on, then some paint:

Charcoal basket:

Added some stainless steel supports to the vent pipes and the Weber Smokey Joe Lid:

The build went well, but I'm hoping someone with more experience can clear up some confusion for us. Would be 'smart' to use a clay saucer between our food and the charcoal basket to even things out and keep the food from "cooking" too fast? Right now there is only about 13" or 14" between the top of the charcoal basket and the grill grate.

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Old 05-09-2013, 07:35 AM   #2
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Nice build (its funny how most UDS's are not very "ugly") and welcome to the forum. I'll let more knowledgeable Brothers answer your question, but a clay saucer baffle sounds pretty smart to me.
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:02 PM   #3
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Thanks for the warm welcome. This looks like a great site with lots of info!

Does anyone else have thoughts about the saucer question?
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:31 PM   #4
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Some people use them with great success. I bought a 16" pizza cooling pan and enlarged the holes near the center to even out the heat. That's my diffuser.

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Old 05-14-2013, 08:53 PM   #5
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Congrats on a really nice looking build!
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