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Unread 05-16-2013, 05:20 PM   #1
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Default The life and times of a novice smoker

Hello all,

I am creating this thread as a means to document my head first dive into the world of smoken'

It started in March when I spotted a Brinkman Smoke n' grill my mother in law was going to throw out after only one use. It was in rough shape and missing the water pan. But I grabbed a pork loin, some charcoal and gave it a shot. It went well. I was hooked. Almost every weekend since has involved waking up early and getting the old girl fired up. I have tried a variety of different cuts with varying degrees of success. My first pork shoulder came out terrible but my friends were fighting each other for the first rack of ribs.

I spent a lot of time reading about techniques and tricks and how to get the best end product. The more I read the more I realized my dented old smoker just wasn't going to cut it.

And then...I found the mother of all UDS threads...and that is where the story picks up. I'm hoping to start building mine this weekend and getting some practice on it before a big cookout June 8th.

Stay tuned...
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Unread 05-16-2013, 05:47 PM   #2
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Good luck! I could not think of a better way to spend my time...
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Unread 05-16-2013, 05:48 PM   #3
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Good luck on the UDS!
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Unread 05-16-2013, 07:08 PM   #4
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looking forward to the progress...good luck
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Unread 05-16-2013, 07:47 PM   #5
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Can't go wrong with a UDS.
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Unread 05-16-2013, 08:45 PM   #6
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Giddy up!!
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I started with a UDS , and have since added all thats in my signature \/
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Unread 05-18-2013, 07:51 AM   #8
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Today is the day. The hunt begins for the barrel.

Also attempting my first fatty this weekend. Hope all goes well.
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Unread 05-18-2013, 09:41 AM   #9
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Go for it! Show some build pics if you are able to.

I've taken the build plunge and enjoying every moment!
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UDS's are great! Though they're so set and forget that you might be bored cooking on one coming from a needy offset! Good luck man
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So i got my barrel! Went to the local scrap yard and picked one up for $10. It was the only red barrel in the bunch of black ones so I had to have it. Im thinking it needs racing stripes. It contained polyurethane or something at some point so a good cleaning and burn out will be in order tonight.

here is a photo of it draining into my oil catch pan. There was maybe a drinking glass worth of junk at the bottom so while its sitting like that im spraying it down with oven cleane and let it run out.
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Unread 05-18-2013, 03:44 PM   #12
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Remember that scrap yard when it comes time to source expanded steel for your charcoal basket. I picked up my drum and basket steel at my local scrap yard too - paid $8 for the drum and $5 for the steel to make the basket.

Good luck and enjoy the build!
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Unread 05-18-2013, 04:27 PM   #13
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Welcome to the madness!! Ive only been in the hobby for a little over a year and Ive upgraded cookers 4 times and Ive loved every minute of it!
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I doubt very many folks have read that whole thread - I have (acouple times) and there is some great info there, even ror someone like me that has not made the UDS leap (yet). If you have read it, good for you - your build will certainly be a success, get ready for some very satisfying Q!
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Good luck with the burn out. There's something strangely satisfying about watching flames shoot out of the top of a barrel.
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