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Old 01-25-2011, 08:27 PM   #1
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Default Mini Uds or Regular UDS

so ive got a decision to make, i have a 15 galon metal drum, should i make a mini Uds, or get a 55 galon drum and make a regular one? with the mini ill go buy a Smokey Joe and use the whole thing, and if i make a regular UDS ill get a webber top for it. do they cook differently? cook for same times?
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Old 01-25-2011, 08:30 PM   #2
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Go big! 55 gallon was good for me a for a while (single grate mod) but I needed to expand my capacity after only six months or so. I can only imagine after all the work it takes to build one that with a 15 gallon version you would want more space pretty quick. Or, build both and you'll have options at least.
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Old 01-25-2011, 08:32 PM   #3
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I say do both
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Old 01-25-2011, 08:32 PM   #4
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Both!
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Old 01-25-2011, 08:34 PM   #5
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Definitely both! I really want to get a Cajun Bandit conversion for a Smokey Joe for small cooks. It seems wasteful to load up a regular size WSM sometimes for just a chicken. A small one like that removes that dilemma.
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Old 01-25-2011, 08:56 PM   #6
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I have them all, and its no harder to light and use the 55, and for some reason, my 55 seems to use less fuel than my 30. go figure.
Plus, I can spatchcock a whole turkey and lay it flat on the 55...nice.
two if I want (two racks)
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I have them all, and its no harder to light and use the 55, and for some reason, my 55 seems to use less fuel than my 30. go figure.
Plus, I can spatchcock a whole turkey and lay it flat on the 55...nice.
two if I want (two racks)
Wow, didn't see that coming. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 01-25-2011, 10:57 PM   #9
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okay, so both it is, ill build the mini one first though. when i add the smokey joe, is the intake on the smokey joe enough for the smoker, or do i need to enlarge the hole or add a ball valve to the drum? and is the vent enough for the drum. also when building the firebox that too needs to be stainless correct?
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I have 3 different sizes...they all somewhat work the same.
The Small and the Medium are quicker on temp I think.
All 3 of them have the same sort of intake (according to the NorcoRedneck Tutorial)...the Large UDS has bigger holes for the intake.
Charcoal basket doesn't need to be SS but if you have the material.....

Oh yeah...build both!
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Old 01-26-2011, 07:40 AM   #11
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I'd say make the big one. As efficient as the original UDS are, I can't see a mini saving you THAT much money in relation to how much cooking space you loose. really I might use 5lbs of coal on a 12 hour smoke. The Mini drum is going to save you what, $1-2 a cook? Build the UDS first and then build the mini later.
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I say do both, but do the 15 first since you have the drum and there's very little work in it if you incorporate the Smokey Joe grill. Once you get that complete (which should be within the week) you can start plans for a 55UDS. In the mean time you'll be enjoying foods fresh from your 15mUDS.
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:45 AM   #13
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another vote for both. my 3 favorite girls:

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make both u can give the small one away, kike i did. My small one was
a 30 gal. lots of fun and worked like a charm. I would not use the ball valve, I found that a 1 inch pipe w a magnet on top is less expensive
and I didnt like the fact that some ball valves are kinda hard to turn
making the whole barrel move when adjusting. Just saying.
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...I didnt like the fact that some ball valves are kinda hard to turn
making the whole barrel move when adjusting. Just saying.

True.
I grab the handle of the lid and put a little pressure on the mini...then I adjust the valve with my toe.
My mini has a ball valve at the bottom.
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