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Unread 10-05-2013, 06:13 PM   #11491
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Food came out good, pictures don't do it justice, there were some sweet Italian sausages but something happened to them by the time the chicken was done.
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Unread 10-06-2013, 06:06 AM   #11492
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The nuts and bolts for the axles are 5/8 , the jam nut on the inside allows you to adjust the bearings then lock it together so the bolt won't back out.
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Unread 10-06-2013, 11:00 AM   #11493
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Been viewing this thread for a while and got some good ideas from it. Have built 5 UDS' so far, this is latest...see if pics will post OK. Waiting to find a Weber dome for it, bartered the others away!! Try to make them with stuff I have laying around or can scrounge up from scrap yard sales etc. Barrels usually cost me $25.00 at scrap dealer. The 3.5" inlet works great and is easy to reach. Scrap cedar shelf on this one. Happy BBQ'ing!
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Unread 10-06-2013, 07:36 PM   #11494
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Unread 10-08-2013, 03:19 PM   #11495
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[quote=ebijack;2646631][QUOTE=DjPorkchop;2646531]Hello everyone. Long time lurker, firs time poster in the UDS thread.I built my first UDS.
In my case, I put the cap on the rear vent at 200 and closed my valves half way and the temps plumeted well below 200. I then opened the valves all the way and left the cap on and it came up to 200 on the dial (250 i would guess). And there it sat. I then took the cap off the back vent, closed my valves half way and she leveled out at 225 on the dial, again I'm sure not accurate. I actually found myself chasing temps for a better part of 5 hours.
Decisions decisions. This is my first smoker ever and by the end of the day of seasoning, I was plum worn out chasing temps. Any good tips or advice?
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Every smoker is about air flow control. If your chasing temps, your tending it too much. Make a change and wait till it stabilizes. It sounds like you started with too many lit coals, and ended up choking off the fire and them fighting to get the coals going again which can take awhile to stabilize. That is also something that changes a bit with each smoker and you have to learn how many to lite for your smoker. How big is your coal basket, is it off the base of the drum, Your stand pipes might be to restrictive for your drum, should be easy to remove and try again just to verify. A lot of variable's with every drum design. Don't give up. Did you do a high temp burn yet?
Thanks for the reply I appreciate it. As far as a high temp burn, I did manage to get the UDS up in the 350 range for a good hour or so.

When I lit my coals, I did use a chimney that was almost full and the remainder of the coals in the bag went in to my coal basket. (6 lb lump)

My coal basket is made from a 18 inch cheapo BBQ grill (the base of the grill and the gill rack). The basket I mounted to the grill grate was made by using 2 pieces of 12x24 expanded metal wrapped around a propane tank for shape. It is about 13 inches across and about 11.5 inches deep.

A valuable lesson I learned is that I BADLY need a nice smoker/meat probe. I am not so trusting of the dial I have mounted. On a side note, I have mounted 3 bolts in the barrel just above my coal basket. I was going to get a extra large pizza pan and drill it out for a heat diffuser.

All in all, I love the UDS and am excited to get in to the world of smoking food. This is my first attempt at it. I have never used a smoker before I built this drum.

The attached image is my coal basket attempt. The remains in it are after a 5 or 6 hour season run of 6 lbs of coal.
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Unread 10-08-2013, 03:24 PM   #11496
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Hello great looking drum there DjPorkchop. Just curious if you may have restricted air flow issue? Do you have the 2" bung hole open on the top of the lid as well as your 4 stacks or just the 4 stacks. The four stacks has a area of 1.76625 inches. I only run with a the two inch exhaust which has an area of 3.14 inches. Almost double the size of just the 4 stacks. My temps settle in at about 275 with my one inch ball valve open half way and the other two caps closed! I use royal oak lump from Menard's because i can get it at just under 3 bucks during the Memorial Day sale! I start my fire with a weed burner which should be equivalent to about a half to a full chimney full of lit coals. Also if I would need to i can run the temp up to 350 or even 400 with just the ball valve. Just dont give up do a few more practice runs till you figure out what works best for you. Also dont be afraid of a temp swing of 20 or 30 degrees either direction. Once you learn your beast you will love it and the family will love the great q!!!
Hello rifraf and thanks for the reply. I did have the 2" as well as the 1" (??) closed during the seasoning run.

I do plan to give it another run this weekend if the weather treats me good. Before I go and ruin some expensive cuts, I am tossing the idea around about doing some chicken maybe and some MOINKS and a couple fattys. If things turn out good, then great and I can look like a Q king to the wife and kids and if it goes bad, then well it was only chicken anyhow and I got to practice running the old girl again.

I appreciate your reply and look forward to hearing form you again. Take care and happy Q'ing!!
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Unread 10-08-2013, 07:07 PM   #11497
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Been viewing this thread for a while and got some good ideas from it. Have built 5 UDS' so far, this is latest...see if pics will post OK. Waiting to find a Weber dome for it, bartered the others away!! Try to make them with stuff I have laying around or can scrounge up from scrap yard sales etc. Barrels usually cost me $25.00 at scrap dealer. The 3.5" inlet works great and is easy to reach. Scrap cedar shelf on this one. Happy BBQ'ing!
Just wondering how this works with the intake higher than your exhaust. Would think there would be some airflow issue there. I have always thought you exhaust needed to be higher than your intake I guess thats not true cause it looks to be working for you
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Unread 10-10-2013, 03:28 PM   #11498
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Ya no prob. Have a pipe to extend if needed. The heat from the coals naturally rises and pretty much creates it's own draft.




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Just wondering how this works with the intake higher than your exhaust. Would think there would be some airflow issue there. I have always thought you exhaust needed to be higher than your intake I guess thats not true cause it looks to be working for you
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So my boss man decided to let me have three drums from work for compensation for a bad TDY trip. As far as I know, these were bought new and we only used them to drain and store hydraulic fluid for a giant pump we have while we moved it, then put the oil back in the pump. These have been fairly empty since then, which was a few years ago. My question is about the lining. Just from looking at it (and the beginnings of rust spots) I'm assuming that these have no liners? I just want to be sure of what I'm looking at because I have no idea what the different linings might look like. I still plan on doing the burning, just to get the old oil and whatever else cleaned out, but any suggestions would be great. Thanks guys.
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put a few of your base inlet holes, then burn baby burn!
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put a few of your base inlet holes, then burn baby burn!
I agree. I burnt one without base holes and another with and the one with seemed like it burnt hotter and faster.

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What they said.. The drums are clean with no liner so burn em and build em.
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