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Unread 05-11-2013, 11:37 AM   #16
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if you do a forum search for Norcoredneck and electric UDS
you'll find Brother Pat did something similar.....
may be helpful with your build....
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Unread 05-11-2013, 09:00 PM   #17
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I understand the issues ...

1) The power goes out

I live in Houston and have lived with hurricanes my whole life, Ike being the last. When one lives in an area that is prone to nature in this manner, one learns that you can be weeks without power (with Ike, we were without power for 7 weeks). This being the case, I have a generator for backup power. So if I lose power, the gen will fire up and keep things going until the grid comes back up.

Also, I'm not one to be wasteful but if I lose power, it's not the end of the world if I lose what I've got going on the smoker.



2) Where's the smoke ... this is a smoker right?

Simple answer ... what does one use when cold smoking?
Why of course, use a cold smoker. You can build a cold smoker and install or you buy one and install. For me, I'm doing enough building, I'll take the easy path and I'll purchase one. The Smoke Daddy will do the trick!

I'm not sure if I'm violating forum rules, if I have, please forgive me and remove the link, here is the link to Smoke Daddy: http://www.smokedaddyinc.com/smokers.htm





Hope this answer the questions.
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Unread 05-11-2013, 09:19 PM   #18
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Cool build. The UDS is as set and forget as you could hope for already. Either way, if your feeling froggy take a leap. Are you going to use it 220v?
Yes, 220v. I got lucky, we had a spa on our patio for about 15 years. It was old and rotting and the wife was on my butt to get rid of it. Once it was gone, I had the 220v power laying around. This is why I decided on a 220v version, I'll do a 110v version on a 30 gal once I've completed this project.

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Unread 05-11-2013, 09:26 PM   #19
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I am interested in seeing the final results. I still haven't completed my uds, but have been pondering building an electric version, just because. One problem I see for my use, most campgrounds don't supply 220 volts if I was to take it with me, nor are the campground breakers large enough to handle that wattage at 120 volts. What type controller are you going to use?
You are correct about the available power at camp grounds. I plan on doing a 30 gal version using 110v element once I've completed this project.

On the controller, I'm using a PID (proportional-integral-derivative) controller with an SSR. The one I purchased was from Auberins, model number: SYL-2352

I'll post more and pics on this in the near future.
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Unread 05-11-2013, 09:30 PM   #20
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I am guessing that your 220v supply is your heavy duty supply for large tools/appliances ?
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You Go Marvin!!! Love the concept.
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Unread 05-11-2013, 11:56 PM   #22
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I am guessing that your 220v supply is your heavy duty supply for large tools/appliances ?
It was from a spa we had on our patio.

Look here for pic: http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...0&postcount=18
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Unread 05-11-2013, 11:58 PM   #23
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You Go Marvin!!! Love the concept.
Thank you (and to the others that have commented, for the encouragement). I hope it turns out as well as I think it will.
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Unread 05-12-2013, 12:36 AM   #24
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So I started on the lid for the vent holes and making the vent.

Made a pattern with ms paint program on the computer and printed it.



Placed it on the lid to mark the holes. Drilled the pilot holes and then used a step bit to drill the 3/4" holes in the lid.




Picked up a piece of aluminum at Home Depot.



Traced the pattern on the aluminum. I used the ruler to make/trace the tab.



I drilled the vent holes with the step bit before I cut the shape out. Then started to cut the shape out with a Dremel tool.



Vent cut out.



The vent cut out with vent holes and the lid with the vent holes. Not shown, I put the tab in a vise and slowly bent it over to an angle.



Vent mounted on the lid.



Lid handle to come once I decide on something.
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Unread 05-12-2013, 01:00 AM   #25
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I hope this works out and you have many years of enjoyable cooks on this rig.
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Unread 05-12-2013, 02:14 AM   #26
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Fun project. Good luck.
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Looking good,
I've go a drum lined up for my first build. I'm thinking eventually I will get either a iq110 or a nano-q. Also a et-73 with those I should be able to bring to the ol hunting camp and do some set it and forget it of my own!
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Unread 05-12-2013, 06:02 AM   #28
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Good luck Marvin. I have a UDS and a Mini-UDS, when I cold smoke, I use an electric hot plate, a small cast iron pot full of wood chips, covered with foil, poke holes in the foil, and place it on the hot plate. Presto! The hot plate being adjustable, you can dial it in according to the outside temp, especially when it's 90 outside and your are trying to smoke at 110 or lower. Works for me.
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Unread 05-12-2013, 07:57 AM   #29
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Marvin - With that Smoke Daddy added that will be a very nice set-up indeed. It looks like you thought of everything for this build. I can't wait to hear how it performs on the first few cooks.
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Thanks for sharing your ideas and answering our questions...
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