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Unread 08-27-2013, 08:30 PM   #1
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Default Fully adjustable UDS

I built my first UDS probably 3 years ago. I had some ideas that I wanted to try before I build the stainless model. So far I haven't found anything about it that I want to change. I put carriage bolts every 4 inches from the top down in 4 rows evenly spaced. I had bought a large stainless mixing bowl for an ash catcher that a weber kettle charcoal grate fits in perfectly. Then I rolled a ring of 1/4" rod for the lip of the mixing bowl to rest on, then rolled another ring to just fit inside the drum. I then cut it into 4 sections leaving a 2" gap and welded it to the other ring with standoffs so I can turn it and raise or lower it to any position easily. I use it to smoke and grill.
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Unread 08-27-2013, 08:40 PM   #2
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That's a great feature! My BPS drum has a higher setting for grilling... I like having the option.
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Unread 08-27-2013, 08:42 PM   #3
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That's pretty cool.
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Unread 08-27-2013, 08:44 PM   #4
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I really like that mod!!! I may have to borrow that on my UDS!
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Nice set up.... Mine is similar.
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Nice features! Nice setup!
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Unread 08-27-2013, 09:18 PM   #7
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Nice set up.... Mine is similar.

I looked at yours, it is pretty sweet too.
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Unread 08-27-2013, 09:44 PM   #8
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so your charcoal basket is just a grate inside a solid mixing bowl? no holes in the bowl? i ask because i had just recently built my uds and used my small 14" weber grill as a coal basket. i had a problem with airflow. of the 3 intakes, 2 were wide open and 1 was 1/4 closed and then i could maintain 250F. if i capped one intake, the fire would choke.

idk if my fire was to small to draw a strong enough draft or if the grill was creating a restriction.

don't mean to hijack your thread but my ? seems relevant to your design
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Unread 08-27-2013, 09:49 PM   #9
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Yes just the bowl with no holes. It draws fine I have 4 intakes which are 3/4" pipe and usually I have 2 plugged off completely. I use the weber kettle lid and run the vent wide open.
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BTW, i love the adjustable coal basket

i might have to try again with a larger fire. thanks!
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Great idea with the basket!
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Great Idea!!!!

Thanks for sharing...
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Good idea and a great pic for documentation. Definately one of those times whe a pic is worth a bunch of words!
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