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Unread 02-10-2013, 09:17 PM   #1
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Question TableTop Smoker aka Micro UDS????

I noticed my old Stainless Steel Turkey Fryer pot in my garage today. Last time I used it, it looked as if oil was slowly dripping from the bottom but I couldn't be sure. I took it off the shelf, put some water in it and placed it on some newspaper. Sure enough, it must have a tiny pinhole in the bottom somewhere.



Anyway it is useless as a cooking pot, so I was thinking about trying to turn it in to a Micro UDS. Not sure it is really big enough to work properly. Maybe just something to use for ABTs, Fatties, maybe a very small butt. I'd probably have to fab up a custom grate out of expanded steel - can't seem to find a round grate that small. Probably also have to use the lid that came with it.

What say the Brethren, is t big enough to even give it a shot? If it didn't work, I really wouldn't be out much more than a little time.







Just for reference, this is a 6.5lb butt





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Unread 02-10-2013, 09:29 PM   #2
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Most likely need some sort of diffuser in it, so not quite a UDS.

It's an inch too small to work as a Mini-WSM, and it's not good for holding anything, so I can't see any reason not to give it a try.

And it's shiny, it'll look good doing whatever happens with it. That's always a bonus.
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Heck yeah you should give it a shot. No reason not to. As you said, you can't use it as a pot anymore. What good is a bucket with a hole in it? Best case scenario, it works. Worst case, you wasted a little time, drank a few beers, and had some fun, and threw it away anyway.

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Might as well try it out. I don't see why it wouldn't work.


Need a gas can anyone? It looks like Toney Marconi might be able to loan you one.
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Since I'll have to use the original flat lid, there won't be much room between the cooking grate and the heat source so yes it will definitely need a diffuser of some sort. How tall should I make the sides of the charcoal basket? How far off the bottom can I get away with and still have enough airflow?
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ss and a hole in it ? what was in it ? ss can be welded. i think you are going to go through a lot of hassle to get this going. might wanna do some planning before going much further.
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Need a gas can anyone? It looks like Toney Marconi might be able to loan you one.
When I was much younger, and much poorer I ran out of gas quite a bit.

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ss and a hole in it ? what was in it ? ss can be welded. i think you are going to go through a lot of hassle to get this going. might wanna do some planning before going much further.
Nothing in the pot but hot oil and turkeys. I don't know how the hole got there and it is too tiny to find. The Turkey Fryer served me well for 5 or more years, it's time to either find a new life or go out trying.
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Giving it a test burn in right now




The thing shot up to 375 in no time. Closed off everything but the valve. I've got the valve about 3/4 way open and it seems to have settled down to about 250 or so. Might throw a Nekkid Fatty on there if I can keep the temp steady.
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Hehehe! Looks like a fun little experiment!
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There have been many post on here by fellow members making "Mini-UDS" using tamale pots in the I believe 30 Quart size. So yours I think will work fine .
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I like it! You might see about finding a cheap stainless mixing bowl to use as a lid to get a little more clearance. If you find one the same diameter or slightly smaller than the lid for the pot, you can cut out the center of the lid screw the bowl down to the flanged part.

Also that stainless basket has full size UDS fire basket written all over it!
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There have been many post on here by fellow members making "Mini-UDS" using tamale pots in the I believe 30 Quart size. So yours I think will work fine .
Hmmmm, I searched and couldn't find one this small. Most of the Mini UDS seem to be made from either a 16 gallon drum or a tamale pot with the bottom cut out stuck on to a Smokey Joe.
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Here's a micro UDS...

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=124109
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I am pleased how well it held temps once I got it dialed in. Put a Nekkid Fatty on, but fell asleep and it got a little overdone on the outside and slightly dried out but still tasty.

This is what is left after about 4.5 hours or so after shaking the ash out - not bad.




I may have to tweak and clean up the exhaust a bit. I really don't have anything that will drill properly through stainless steel.


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