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Unread 04-08-2013, 12:23 AM   #1
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I must start off giving thanks to all the wonderful knowledge in this forum and all the great ideas for the UDS. This has been the first chance I have had to post since I finished the build earlier this past week. I was lucky enough that the wife was able to bring home a food grade drum from work that had palm oil in it!!

Starting the welding of the fire basket



All welded


Forgot to get a pic after the 3 inch legs were welded on !!

1" ball valve and 2 3/4" nipples with caps threaded on



The Bid Belly Mod Added



Fired up the weed burner and burned the zink coating off of the bolts



Installed the probe grommet



Ash Pan, Fire Basket, and Food Grate supports in place



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Next post the seasoning!!!
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Started seasoning with a few cheap cans of EVOO Cooking Spray





All coated and loaded with 16 lbs of KB



Weed Burner Fire Starter





Cranked it up to 400* nice clean smoke with only the ball valve open



After 4 Hours @ 400*



Threw on a couple naked fatties one hot and one mild!!



After 2.5 hours @250* time to rest cant hardly wait!!



The only shot i could get before the were devoured



I cranked it back up to 400* and let the rest of the charcoal burn off for the rest of night. It ended up burning for over 15 hours from start till the temp started dipping below 200.

I'm overly joyed with the performance and the ease of use with the my new smoker!!!!
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Very Nice, clean great job!!
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And so I started the day and continued the seasoning by waking up the drum with 16 lbs of kb and two layers of apple wood chunks!! Let that get up to temp while i prepped two 10 lbs pork shoulders with Lawry's, Butt Glitter, and some sea salt and coarse pepper!!

Sry forgot the pics of the prep. Got a late start

But got a pic when there started the smoke bath!!



Sweet Blue



Tracking temps with my HeterMeter v.4 280* with ball valve half open



Had to add some MOINK balls Dusted with some Butt Glitter





Sauced with Sweet Baby Ray's Honey BBQ





And some sauced with Hit Me Fred Sauce




let me say thanks to Donnie for sharing. I think I found my next favorite BBQ sauce!!

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Pulled at 6:30 probe tender and IT 199*





Plated with Fruit salad, PP Sammie drizzled with Hit Me Fred, Corn, Bow Tie Mac and Cheese



Sammie close up



Every one loved the PP. It ways very tender and juice. We had a great dinner with the family!!
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Nice....looks great
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Great Job...Everything Looks Perfect !
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Very nice work! On the cooker as well as the dishes, beautiful.

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Looks delicious!

Can you tell me (link) what you used for the probe grommet?
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Congrats on the UDS- they're great cookers! Food all looks awesome too. Only thing I'd add is a handle on the lid and a 6" stack on the large bung. I think it helps fight the wind on those not-so-optimum BBQ days. Looks like you're off to a great start though!
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Looks delicious!

Can you tell me (link) what you used for the probe grommet?
I used one of these a 1/2-in NM/SE Connector

http://www.lowes.com/pd_45744-15527-...nduit+fittings

also will need a 1/2" conduit nut to secure it to the drum wall.

I used a uni bit to drill the hole.
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Congrats on the UDS- they're great cookers! Food all looks awesome too. Only thing I'd add is a handle on the lid and a 6" stack on the large bung. I think it helps fight the wind on those not-so-optimum BBQ days. Looks like you're off to a great start though!

Yeah I have a handle just trying to figure out if i want a lid hanger or not. If I install the hanger i want to use the same mounting holes as the handle. Also just got the bottle opener for it too!!
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Yeah I have a handle just trying to figure out if i want a lid hanger or not. If I install the hanger i want to use the same mounting holes as the handle. Also just got the bottle opener for it too!!
Cool! A bottle opener is essential! A lid hanger is nice to have- you might be able to use the small bung hole to mount a J-hook on the underside with a bolt and a couple fender washers.
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Cool! A bottle opener is essential! A lid hanger is nice to have- you might be able to use the small bung hole to mount a J-hook on the underside with a bolt and a couple fender washers.
That could be a possibility. Also a 22.5 Weber grill just popped up on CL. It has been neglected but if he takes my $30 might have some other mods in the near future!!!
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Excellent on all counts. Love the MOINKabobs idea.
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Excellent on all counts. Love the MOINKabobs idea.
Yeah made quick work for saucing and serving. Of course they only lasted 5 mins. Wish i had some more room on the grate to cook more.
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