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Old 01-24-2014, 10:01 AM   #1
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I have looked around for some ideas here and around the 'web, but I am coming up dry. I have a 55 gal drum that was(is?) destined to be a UDS, but, a UDS wouldnt be big enough to cook food for my crew(8 of us- all 'healthy' eaters) -Think 8 leg quarters at once- So I am considering turnig the UDS on its side and make it an offset, I have old 20# propane tanks(emptied and devalved) for a fire box and the Pit calc to be sure of dimensions..
I have seen drum smokers with the firebox offset and in the middle of the cook chamber.... Ideas? Thoughts?
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Old 01-24-2014, 10:15 AM   #2
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Think I'd just go buy an offset. I could cook 8 leg QTRS in my 2 grate UDS. I could do 8 whole Chickens.

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Old 01-24-2014, 10:19 AM   #3
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If you put a domed lid and 2 grates you can easily cook for 8 big eaters!
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Old 01-24-2014, 10:20 AM   #4
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Buying an offset presents two distinct issues- 1 MONEY and 2 I'd rather build it my self
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Old 01-24-2014, 10:21 AM   #5
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If you can't cook for 8 people on a UDS you should order out.

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Old 01-24-2014, 10:26 AM   #6
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^^^^^ and that's just using one grate.
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Old 01-24-2014, 10:38 AM   #7
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You could make a double drum smoker if you had a second drum and a barrel stove kit
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Old 01-24-2014, 10:52 AM   #8
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A 2 grate UDS can handle 8 Whole Chickens, or 8 Butts or 4 Briskets or 6 Plates of Short Ribs or 40 Chicken Drumsticks or 20 Chicken Breast or 4 Whole Turkey or 10 Racks of Trimmed Spare Ribs or 8-12 Pork Loins or 10 Chuck Roasts or....................

So get to building a 2 Grate UDS and Run a Difusser plate about 4-6" above Charcoal Basket - Do Not Use any Galvanized Parts or Hardware - Zinc is probally OK but Stainless is Safest. If you can get a Weber Kettle Lid you have even more room.


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Old 01-24-2014, 10:59 AM   #9
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A 2 grate UDS can handle 8 Whole Chickens, or 8 Butts or 4 Briskets or 6 Plates of Short Ribs or 40 Chicken Drumsticks or 20 Chicken Breast or 4 Whole Turkey or 10 Racks of Trimmed Spare Ribs or 8-12 Pork Loins or 10 Chuck Roasts or....................

So get to building a 2 Grate UDS and Run a Difusser plate about 4-6" above Charcoal Basket - Do Not Use any Galvanized Parts or Hardware - Zinc is probally OK but Stainless is Safest. If you can get a Weber Kettle Lid you have even more room.


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Old 01-24-2014, 11:05 AM   #10
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Have you gone thru the Zillion page UDS thread? If you have build questions just ask.

Verticals are more effecient than offsets - you will have to babysit an offset plus UDS is easier to build.
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Old 01-24-2014, 11:08 AM   #11
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Did 3 15lb turkeys on just my top grate with a domed lid for a work Thanksgiving dinner.
Also did 6 8-10lb butts for a friends wedding (dual racks).
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Old 01-24-2014, 12:47 PM   #12
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I have cooked 4 racks of spares St Louis cut and 2 fatties as well as MOINKS on my 2 rack UDS. It all pretty much was a comfortable fit with a regular flat drum top. With the Weber lid as many use, you could get more on it I'm sure.
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Old 01-24-2014, 03:05 PM   #13
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There is a lot of room/space in a UDS with a dome lid modification. I have an offset and have not used it or even taken the cover off it since I finished my UDS. A UDS is so much easier to use. It is almost "set it and forget it". Just dial the temp you want with a ball valve or slide a magnet over an exhaust hole and the temp will stay solid for hours. An off set, your constantly having to fiddle faddel with it to get your temp and that gets old quick on a long over night cook. Just my two cents.
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Using two racks on my lil' stubby drumpit allows me to cook more than enough chicken for some big ol' eaters...





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Lil stubby drum pit. That cooker makes me smile.

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