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Old 04-18-2018, 09:57 AM   #1
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Greetings Brethren: I'm considering a UDS build. I currently use a large BGE and am after more cooking surface area and more portability. Can those who have built a UDS recommend a hardware kit?
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Old 04-18-2018, 10:10 AM   #2
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Hunsaker has a kit: https://www.hunsakersmokers.com/collections/diy-kits

BigPoppaSmokers also has one: https://www.bigpoppasmokers.com/bps-drum-kit-parts
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Old 04-18-2018, 10:11 AM   #3
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uds are simple. pretty much EVERYTHING you NEED can be found at lowes or home depot.
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I've used the Big Poppa Smokers kit. I was pleased with it.
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Old 04-18-2018, 11:19 AM   #5
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udsparts.com has a ton of different parts. That have pre bundled kits and also sell the parts individually so you can taylor your drum to your specific needs.
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Old 04-18-2018, 12:28 PM   #6
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I used the BPS kit. It's a great starter kit but if I were to do it over, I'd build NY own kit to have a larger coal basket, an adjustable grate system, and maybe a smoke stack for exhaust like hunsakerinstead of just 8 holes and a daisy wheel. I also wish I would have started with a stainless steel drum. there's a place in TN that has them for under $200 picked up and I got a buddy that lives close.
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Old 04-18-2018, 03:29 PM   #7
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uds are simple. pretty much EVERYTHING you NEED can be found at lowes or home depot.
I second That! Just make sure if you use a flat lid, you leave enough room for putting normal bbq items on. I put my top rack on about an inch too high so certain things touch the lid when they tighten up during a cook.

I suppose I should add to this that when I built mine, I looked at a lot of designs and read some stuff on here, then planned and bought stuff. I know that there are kits, but I am a little frugal. I had to assess my abilities of construction which, being low, I needed something easy to build.
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