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Unread 11-07-2008, 08:28 AM   #1846
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Ive been thinking (and drinking) about a UDS for nearly 6 months at da bar.
In Auz we call them 44 gallon drums or 44s, they seem to be a bit smaller then the ones I see you guys using.
225 F is 107 Celcius, most meat thermometers here are marked in both farenheight and celsius so no probs with converting,
cant wait to do some cooking, Kangaroo ribs? kangaroo roast?

Cheers Steve.
I got two 38" tall drums from a guy that imports Bee Pollen and Echinacea from Australia.
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Unread 11-07-2008, 08:43 AM   #1847
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I found my walmart Uniflame clone on craigs list for $20, but I was very lucky.

If you can find a kettle used, that's the way to go because you get a lid and a 22.5 grill, plus other parts that might be useful.

New 22.5 grill $12-$16.
New Kettle lid $?? + shipping.
Handles top vents, and other parts $$??

Even new, the walmart kettle starts looking pretty cost effective at $40.

The hinges are a real plus, but it takes some modding to make them work, trial and error on your part. Also, that little wire basket that I hung on the front of the barrel is turning out to be very useful, way more than I imagined.

I'm certainly not trying to sell kettles for walmart by any means.

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Unread 11-07-2008, 09:59 AM   #1848
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I most likely will go the wally world one since I can get it when I want. See it's hard to find things in this town you all use because it isn't a very big town. Nearest craigs list areas is 45min to 1 1/2 away not worth the gas when I can buy a wally world one.
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Unread 11-07-2008, 10:09 AM   #1849
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I found this stainless steel drum for sale on craigslist for $165, Can it be used? It's acually here in the neighborhood.

http://dallas.craigslist.org/ndf/mat/903512948.html

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Unread 11-07-2008, 10:17 AM   #1850
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Hey Fordman if you can weld or get it done the just get a donor drum and make your own lid. I have done two so far. Want more info PM me.
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I tried something like that cut the lip off a open top lid and got the barrel piece on it and welded it to it and warped the whole thing. Junked it so now just wanting a dome lid will most likely buy a wally one.
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Unread 11-07-2008, 08:38 PM   #1852
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I found this stainless steel drum for sale on craigslist for $165, Can it be used? It's acually here in the neighborhood.

http://dallas.craigslist.org/ndf/mat/903512948.html

That is the "ultimate" drum for a UDS. 165.00 bucks is a little too rich for my blood though.
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Unread 11-07-2008, 10:56 PM   #1853
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Default First UDS heat regulation challenge

I just fired up my UDS for the first time, its got 3 x 3/4 holes spaced evenly around the base of the drum 2 inches up from the base, Ive
loaded it up with 10lbs of briquets, (called heat beads over here) Ive also put 3 x 3 inch pieces of peach tree wood in.

The problem is even with all 3 air holes closed completely with magnets its still running at 265 F, it was hotter and has cooled slightly over the last 45 minutes, I do have alot of smoke coming out from around the weber lid and think that this may be the problem either that or the fact that I got it too hot in the first place.

Im not really planing to cook anything on it today (Though I do have some MOINK balls in the fridge just in case ) my main reason for firing it up today was as a test run.

any advice from you more "seasoned" UDS guys sure would be welcome.

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Unread 11-08-2008, 01:09 AM   #1854
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How did you start it?
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Unread 11-08-2008, 01:20 AM   #1855
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Ok its settled out at 250ish F and holding after 3 hours, the only way I can keep this
temp is to keep all vents top and bottom closed, there must be a serious air leak around the lid, on a good note though I have a small batch of MOINK balls cooking and hope they will turn out ok.

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How did you start it?
I took the fire basket out and used a blow torch in 3 places for about 1 minute each then left it for 10 minutes, it didnt feel like it was throwing out that much heat but when I put the fire basket in the UDS and put the thermometer in it stayed on 270F for some time.

I noticed that every time I take the lid off the temp spikes dramtically and this is with all venys closed, perhaps the slightly smaller Aussie drums (44 gallon) has something to do with it
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I usually only get 5-6 coals going, 2 vents open when temp climbs i cap one and use valve to throttle. Most cooks with large load I have 1 cap off and maybe 1/4 valve open. Air leaks are bad, removing the lid to look is worse. Close it up, open a beer and adjust only 1/2 hour. After temp settles in leave alone. Temp might drop after 4-6 hours. if it does shake/kick drum to knock ash loose and wait before adjustments.
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You may be replacing those magnets so.I used them on my mini UDS and melted them.
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Well, I finally make it through.I read EVERY posting from beginning to the end 124 pages ! Thanks guys, I am ready !
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Unread 11-08-2008, 09:13 AM   #1860
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Well, I finally make it through.I read EVERY posting from beginning to the end 124 pages ! Thanks guys, I am ready !
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Quite a bit of information, hopefully you made some 'mental' notes of how you want your build to go.

Good luck and don't forget the pics!
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