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Unread 06-02-2008, 07:40 AM   #1096
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Will do, thanks for the help. Simple ball valves a good idea? I'm a little concerned because they would stick out a few inches all around, but would be handy to close off any/all of the intake. I'm thinking four around the bottom.
3 intakes are plenty and you only need 1 of those to have a ball valve!
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Unread 06-02-2008, 07:55 AM   #1097
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3 intakes are plenty and you only need 1 of those to have a ball valve!
So two intakes can stay open all the time and the temp can be moderated with just one valve?? That is good to know. I thought the intake would be stronger than that, but this why I'm here...to learn from those that have walked the path before.

P.S. I'm pulling for a Pen's win tonight...I don't want this series to be over with yet!!
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Unread 06-02-2008, 07:57 AM   #1098
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Agree, only 1 valve needed. I personally use close nipples. Easier to clean inside and not have to scrape build up and dodge them.
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Agree, only 1 valve needed. I personally use close nipples. Easier to clean inside and not have to scrape build up and dodge them.
Looks like I got lucky, those are ones I picked up as well. I got 1/2" before, but will be exchanging those for 3/4" on your previous recommendation.
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My first drum is finished and in the process of being seasoned.

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1) The original drum.
2) After the burn out (had to do this twice, once with a weed burner and a second time with some hardwood firewood I had from a camping trip)
3) After the wire wheel.
4 & 5) Rubbed with peanut oil and ready for seasoning.
6) The finished drum.
7) The proud father of his first drum!

She is holding steady at 310 for seasoning. Probably let her go a few hours. I want to thank everyone on this forum for all their input and help. I have no doubt this is not going to be my only UDS, just my first!
I saw the colors and thought, Where's the "I"? Then I saw where your'e from and realized how accurate my thought was. You need a decal of The Chief!!

There's a good source on drums down here in Mattoon for $10 each if you're in search for more.
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So two intakes can stay open all the time and the temp can be moderated with just one valve?? That is good to know. I thought the intake would be stronger than that, but this why I'm here...to learn from those that have walked the path before.

P.S. I'm pulling for a Pen's win tonight...I don't want this series to be over with yet!!
Actually 1 intake open and adjust with ball valve...3rd intake is for higher temp cooks (chicken)
Sorry about tonight, but it's over.....Be drinking from the cup TONIGHT!!!
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Actually 1 intake open and adjust with ball valve...3rd intake is for higher temp cooks (chicken)
Sorry about tonight, but it's over.....Be drinking from the cup TONIGHT!!!
I have a feeling you're right about the cup, but I would love to see this great series continue. I hadn't watched them much before this, but the Wings are a very impressive team!

About the smoker...a little clarification needed. There are three intake valves. Two stay open all the time and one has the valve on it?
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There's a good source on drums down here in Mattoon for $10 each if you're in search for more.
Chris has this one right. My wife is an Illini fan, personally I originally hail from Austin, TX and was leaning toward burnt orange but to get her to agree to let me have another smoker I let her pick the colors.

Working on the I or a chief, I would prefer the chief.

Norcoredneck - I tried to use the setup you mentioned but my DeWALT 18v just didn't have enough guts to do it. So I ended up putting it on my tile saw. Little more work but it came out good.

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what did you use on the intake to regulate the flow of air?
I used 4 1/2" x 4" black pipe nipples. One has a ball valve and I have caps for the other 3. It was very easy to run 300 +/- 6 for 4 hours during the seasoning.
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I used 4 1/2" x 4" black pipe nipples. One has a ball valve and I have caps for the other 3. It was very easy to run 300 +/- 6 for 4 hours during the seasoning.
Now I get it, thanks for the clarification. I'll post pics of mine once I get it done. We have our first competition this weekend, so it may be a week or two. You have definitely set the bar for me to aim for.
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Keep it simple. One ball valve on a 3/4 and one 3/4 hole open is about all you will need.
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Next time try one of these on a 1/2" threaded rod double nutted to capture. Use a drill and you can run it up and down inside .
Or one of these...

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I use flexible magnets to cover my air holes. nothing to get in the way of cleaning out the drum after cooks. They work great
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Have any of you guys used a UDS with a guru attached?
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I have my Redneck Guru. Also Notley Q uses a guru if i remember right. You don't actually need one but you do need to rattle or kick can every so often to shake ash loose.
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That would make short work of it.
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