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Old 01-25-2014, 08:33 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by mikemci View Post
If you put a domed lid and 2 grates you can easily cook for 8 big eaters!
I've used 2 UDS with domed lids and 2 grates in each to cook for 70 scouts on an OA ordeal (24 hrs with scant food) 3 8-10 lb butts on each shelf for 12 butts total. It was iver 50 lbs of meat on each UDS.

I've cooked brisket for 30 people in my office on 1 UDS.

If you can't feed 8 people on a UDS I don't know what to say.
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Old 01-25-2014, 08:56 AM   #17
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Here is the Mother of all UDS threads. When you finish all 778 pages, could take 3-6 months, let us know whitch way you are going with your drum.
It has everything you could possibly want to know about an Ugly Drum Smoker.

Good luck with your build.

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Old 01-25-2014, 10:35 AM   #18
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Re: turning drum on its side and making it an offset- I would not recommend it! I did this with my old horizontal 55gal drum grill. I tried to make it into an offset cooker using another smaller drum for the firebox and all it did was make it into a heat losing, wood consuming monster which I had to sit next to and feed. The metal's just too thin for an offset setup. I ended up ditching the firebox and cooking indirect in the drum with much better results. It's become my reverse sear cooker of choice and jerk drum for Caribbean style cooking. The horizontal drum still isn't as efficient as my UDS though due to the door. I'd recommend building a UDS with two grates, and possibly a third, lower grate for placing a diffuser or drip pan for when cooking those really fatty meats. I find sometimes the fat drippings burning off can be a bit much when cooking in high volume. Check out the UDS thread for ideas, and remember simple is best!
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Old 01-25-2014, 01:31 PM   #19
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N8man, that stubby drum is the coolest UDS ever! Kinda looks like a redneck version of R2D2
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