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Old 12-06-2017, 04:59 AM   #1
Wandering around with a bag of matchlight, looking for a match.
Join Date: 08-07-17
Location: Indian River, Michigan
Default 2nd UDS Build

I Joined the Brethren a few months ago, after picking through the vast amount of input by it's members. I am very grateful to all from whom I've gleaned information.

I call this UDS the SmokEye, as I am an avid Walleye fisherman and have decided to smoke some of my catch. This is my second build. The first, went to another home, and this UDS will remain with me until one of us is no longer functional.

Most of this build was from ideas that I found on this web site.

I welded a 1/8" x 3" steel plate, 3 wheel platform with a 120 degree wheel spacing to the base of the drum.

Air intake is the standard (2) 3/4" ball valves and (1) 1" ball valve to accommodate an Auber 20 CFM Fan driven by an Auber SYL-2615 PID controller. The addition of the (2) 3/4" valves were provided incase there were a failure in the controller/fan system. I have operated at length, without a controller, and find the same stable results that other manually adjusted UDS users have conveyed.

Adding a controller to the UDS is not a necessity. They operate quite well on their own once you get the hang of it.
I'm an elderly gent, and I tend to nap while the smoker is in operation, so I decided that rather than having cold or burned duck for dinner, I would be better off using a bit of technology to lend a hand. There is nothing worse than waking up to a frozen duck in your UDS at Christmas time.

I used AutoCad to work out the geometry for the wheel base and to vector the .JPEG Walleye image to work with a CNC plasma cutter, owned by a friend.

The exhaust is made from scrap pieces of 1 3/16" ID DOM .
The Charcoal basket is 1/8" x 12"H x 18"Dia. expanded metal.

As an experiment, I decided not to remove all of the exterior paint. I left the upper 3rd of the drum untouched except for sanding to scuff the surface in preperation for high temp. paint.
Thus far, the paint hasn't peeled.

I purchased two 55 gallon drums from Albie's, a food wholesaler, located at Gaylord, Michigan. These drums contained grape jelly sealed in plastic bags. Once empty, Albie's sell the 55 gallon drums for $15.00 each, pick-up only. I also found someone to sandblast both drums for $25.00 ea..

The completed UDS shown here is my second project, and just as much fun to build, as the first. Average build time for me was about 20-25 hours over a seven day period for UDS number two. I'm old, and slow, just like a UDS.

Thanks again to all of you for contributing your great ideas. I sure enjoyed using most of them.

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Old 12-06-2017, 05:33 AM   #2
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Beautiful build!

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Old 12-06-2017, 05:40 AM   #3
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Very nice, you have skills.
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Old 12-06-2017, 06:58 AM   #4
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Very Nice!
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Old 12-06-2017, 07:33 AM   #5
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Looks good!
9 out of 10 cannibals agree...vegetarians taste better!
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Old 12-06-2017, 08:07 AM   #6
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looks great!!!
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Old 12-06-2017, 08:08 AM   #7
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Location: NE OH-IO

It's too pretty! Nice work.

Big BarBChef built in to the Outdoor Kitchen, 2 Weber kettles, 1 UDS, Little Chief Electric, 2 Propane Fish Cookers/Turkey Fryers,
a swinging grate over my Fire pit, Big Pig Cooker, SJS, Big Easy Oil Less. Blackstone Pizza Oven

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Old 12-06-2017, 08:19 AM   #8
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Location: West Linn, OR

Nice build, wish I had the skill and tools to build one as nice.
LSG 20x42
BPS Drum
Blackstone 24
Weber Kettle
Weber Genesis
Weber Smokey Joe

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Old 12-06-2017, 08:44 AM   #9
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Join Date: 08-03-15
Location: Modesto, CA

Sorry to tell you, but that is NOT an “UDS”. That may be an “ADS” (Awesome Drum Smoker) or perhaps a “BDS” (Beautiful Drum Smoker) or maaayyybbbeee even a “FDS” (Fishing Drum Smoker) but definitely NOT an Ugly Drum Smoker.

Nice job.
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Old 12-06-2017, 09:47 AM   #10
is Blowin Smoke!
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Location: The "Poah" side of Madison Co. Mississippi
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Jambo stick burner (dedicated to my dad...Big John) / Weber kettle / Blue Rhino 36” griddle / Battle Grey Hunsaker drum.
"When food is cooked in a kitchen people think how good it smells, when cooked outside it is intoxicating to their soul"..... The Dude
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:07 AM   #11
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If that cooks as god as it looks you'r going to have some great Q.
Good job!
Weber Performer w/gas ignition and rotis; Weber Q300; UDS; Mini-WSM(SJS)
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:13 AM   #12
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Location: Post falls, Idaho

Nothing ugly about that at all.
2- 22 WSM's, 26" Weber Kettle, Weber Genesis natural gas, and Weber Performer.
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