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Unread 02-16-2013, 06:11 PM   #1
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Default UDS Finished

Well, finished for now...

This is what it looks link now....still have to get a thermometer or two and the mandatory bottle opener :)
The red on top is Hi Temp gasket sealer, I welded in a piece of two inch metal band to make the Weber lid sit and seal better, works pretty good, may have to get a gasket to seal completely....

This is my fire basket..

I fired her up today at 3:00PM with a full basket, all vents open, just checked it and it pegged the turkey fryer thermometer 550 plus...I just shut down two of the holes all the way and the ball valve half way, also the top vent on the Weber to half...I'll check in a while to see how much it drops...trying to get a feel for it.
I also rubbed down the inside of the drum with canola oil before lighting the coals...

Going to cook some ribs on it tomorrow if I get comfortable with adjusting the temps.....

But bottom line, the drum is done...yeah for me...
And it's so great to have a friend that welds....he helpd a lot....when I say I welded, really he welded.....
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Unread 02-16-2013, 06:23 PM   #2
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Looks awesome now time to throw some q on it
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Unread 02-16-2013, 06:25 PM   #3
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Nice looking drum. Go find some sausage and throw on a fatty at least.
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Fire It Up!
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Nice job!
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At about 7:10 I shut down the two open vents all the way, the top weber vent to half and the ball to half..temp has dropped to 140. Almost smothered the coals. I've open the top and ball all the way and one bottom to half to see if I can recover andngetnthe temp back up...
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Recovered back to 350. Have to play with it tomorrow and see how to get it steady at 250
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Great job on the UDS. I just finished my 6th. I love making and using them! My UDS's will hold 275 with 2 nipples capped off and the 3/4inch ball valve about 90% open. You'll get it dialed in!

You may be having a problem because of the height of your ball valve intake. I have heard some people have had problems with that. I have mine at foot level and that is how I control it.
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A tip for you, leave the top vent all the way open and adjust your temp with the intake vents, also catch your temp on the way up, not by choking it down.
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A tip for you, leave the top vent all the way open and adjust your temp with the intake vents, also catch your temp on the way up, not by choking it down.
Yep,an ounce of prevention(stabilizing on the way up/NOT overshooting desired temp) is worth a pound of cure(choking/chasing temp) on ANY and ALL cookers.
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Nice drum, bluegrass. I'm in the same boat. I fired mine up for the first time today, I'll have to play with it to figure out how to maintain temp. I started mine at 9am at 30* outside, it's now 11:30pm and 8* outside, and it's still plugging away at 300*. I had to leave for about 6 hours, so my daughter got a crash course in UDS 101. She kept it between 180-300 for me while I was gone. I'm happy, it's a keeper.
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Great looking UDS.
Don't worry about that blue & white paint that got on it. With any luck, it'll burn off.
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Great looking UDS.
Don't worry about that blue & white paint that got on it. With any luck, it'll burn off.
You're killing me
It's a magnet anyway, I take it off when fired up...but it's gonna get painted on...or maybe a Harley bar & shield!
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The pictures got moved somehow so....
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