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Old 11-04-2017, 11:01 PM   #12886
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Well... I am waiting for my 110 gallon drum to be shipped and for Mark Hunsaker to send me my custom 20" Vortex basket. I am leery of ordering any 30" grates in case the barrel is dented or oddly shaped. But this will be fun...
Ok wow thats nice. But with two banderas already why are you building a uds
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Old 11-04-2017, 11:15 PM   #12887
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Ok wow thats nice. But with two banderas already why are you building a uds

As much as I love my double stacked WSM, it's a pain in the ass to manage. Everything has to be unwrapped and unspritzed. When it's just one chamber, I can get one or two grates in but I'm looking for something bigger when I set it and forget it. A 29" grate will be about 660 square inches of cooking space and roughly double that of a standard 21.5" rack.

Also, the Bandera is a stick burner and in another category compared to a UDS. I'm not building a UDS to make the cheapest thing possible. I'm already $650 into this project and I haven't looked at grates yet
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Old 11-04-2017, 11:26 PM   #12888
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As much as I love my double stacked WSM, it's a pain in the ass to manage. Everything has to be unwrapped and unspritzed. When it's just one chamber, I can get one or two grates in but I'm looking for something bigger when I set it and forget it. A 29" grate will be about 660 square inches of cooking space and roughly double that of a standard 21.5" rack.

Also, the Bandera is a stick burner and in another category compared to a UDS. I'm not building a UDS to make the cheapest thing possible. I'm already $650 into this project and I haven't looked at grates yet
Damn- $650 ? thats old country smokehouse territory. will it cook more than one of those?

Please post progress pics. I cant wait to see a 110 uds . where did you get your drum?
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Old 11-04-2017, 11:36 PM   #12889
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OC Smokehouse is still a stick burner, lol.

The drum is from The Cary Company... and is a new Skolink yellow drum. It cost $230 but the shipping cost is $200 or so for a freight with a lift gate. Wished I live near IL to save on shipping. It's 100 pounds and a bitch to ship. It cost the same to ship two drums but what would I do with two drums?

I use a Hunsaker vortex basket in my WSM and love how it handles the coals and the heat. I asked Mark to make me something for my 30" drum. So another $200 for a 24" heatshield and 20" basket. The original is 13" in diameter.

I'm hoping to keep it under $1000. Any more and the wife will start to ask questions, lol.
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Old 11-04-2017, 11:42 PM   #12890
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OC Smokehouse is still a stick burner, lol.

The drum is from The Cary Company... and is a new Skolink yellow drum. It cost $230 but the shipping cost is $200 or so for a freight with a lift gate. Wished I live near IL to save on shipping. It's 100 pounds and a bitch to ship. It cost the same to ship two drums but what would I do with two drums?

I use a Hunsaker vortex basket in my WSM and love how it handles the coals and the heat. I asked Mark to make me something for my 30" drum. So another $200 for a 24" heatshield and 20" basket. The original is 13" in diameter.

I'm hoping to keep it under $1000. Any more and the wife will start to ask questions, lol.
well I cant wait to see it in action.

its a moot point, but even though the old country smokehouse is sold as a stick burner , it would make a great charcoal burner too. just look at all the other verticals out there that are very much like the ocs but burn charcoal- no difference.
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Old 11-29-2017, 01:06 PM   #12891
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Took a month but just got the drum in. I also got shipping notification of the vortex basket for tomorrow. It’s going down!



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Took a month but just got the drum in. I also got shipping notification of the vortex basket for tomorrow. It’s going down!



ooohh yeah!!!
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Old 11-29-2017, 05:18 PM   #12893
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Old 11-29-2017, 06:34 PM   #12894
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Built 80 gal awhile back. Difficulty was finding domed lid. For those considering one, Home Depot has inexpensive fire pit lid that will work= http://landmann-usa.com.
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Old 12-01-2017, 12:14 AM   #12895
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Finally got the Vortex basket. Here’s what Mark posted on the FB fan page 3 weeks ago:



Here’s it is unboxed inside the 28” heat shield. 30 oz Yeti cup for comparison.



Basket dimension itself is 18” diameter and 11.75” height. Close to what I asked for (20” and 12”).
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Impressive is the word. That ought to do the trick, for sure!

I'd love to have a vortex for my "little" 55 gallon UDS - but it seems pretty spendy (at least for me).

Can't wait to see you get it all put together.
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What is the purpose of the vortex basket?
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Old 12-01-2017, 08:37 AM   #12898
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What is the purpose of the vortex basket?

The basket holds the charcoal while the deflector plate still gives you that fat dripping on coals taste without it affecting the fire or causing grease fires. It also cause a convection like draft with the draw. I have it on my WSM and it’s pretty awesome.
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Old 12-01-2017, 08:43 AM   #12899
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Any pictures of it in your wsm?
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Old 12-01-2017, 12:32 PM   #12900
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Any pictures of it in your wsm?
I can't find any from my phone but here's from previous posts...



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