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Old 04-17-2014, 08:46 AM   #1
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Its that time of year in the UK when the sun is out.
All the rain in the last year has not been kind to the UDS I built last year.

This new one I am going to do right.

Going to do things a little different this year.
My plan is to actually make the thing upside.
As it is an open drum with drum lid & steel belt I plan on having the open lid at the bottom & cut out a hole at the top.

This should allow me to simply lift the whole barrel off the basket that will be attached to the drum lid. Think that will work?


New used drum purchased £28 & is currently in the shop getting sandblasted at powder coated for £80

I have purchased & built (pending testing) a Heater Meter Approx £60
and some solder equipment £20
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Old 04-17-2014, 08:53 AM   #2
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Seeing the lid is tailor made for the drum I'd keep it on the top unless you're planning on doing a kettle type of lid.

You gotta try to keep those things out of the rain with something...over hangs, enclosures, umbrellas or something. Use a cover when you're not using it or keep it inside.

UDS don't need refueled or anything usually so i don't see the benefit of pulling the drum to access the basket.
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Old 04-17-2014, 09:05 AM   #3
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I already have a kettle lid from my last build.
I had to pick people up & left my missus in charge, the drum got to hot & the paint flaked - so now its rusted!

The idea of being able to lift it off the basket & base is for easy cleaning. I kinda get drunk at my parties & put the cleaning off until tomorrow.. that turns into next week, then the next.. then the next & it ends up a pain to clean :D

This is my other UDS from last year
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=166461
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Old 04-17-2014, 09:13 AM   #4
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Good idea on the sandblast and powder coat. I put a high heat powder on mine and love it!
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Old 04-17-2014, 09:47 AM   #5
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Eggtastico, That's how I did mine also using the bottom of a Weber as my top. It makes it very easy to clean and in the odd happenstance that you need to mess with your coals you can lift the whole thing off with the food intact. Upside down is good.
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Old 04-17-2014, 10:34 AM   #6
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good to know i am not being dumb. it make so much more sense to me.
Maybe the future is to incorporate the cooking shelves & basket all as one, then use the drum as a sleeve over top... thats for another day!
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Old 04-17-2014, 11:42 AM   #7
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Your idea is good and it will work. WSM's basically does the same thing.
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Old 05-06-2014, 07:46 AM   #8
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Finally had the call back from the shop, my drum is ready for collection for tomorrow morning.
I am now going to make this my to do list/blog to keep it all in one place - and to make sure I dont forget anything.
, as well as some brainstorming

Some parts will be used from my old drum smoker - with the eventual plan to get them replaced.

Apart from the initial my to do mods....

heatermeter PID - I built this & tested it so I know it works. Just need to hook it up to a vent hole to test & to see if I need a 2nd vent hole.

Side Tables - One of the biggest things needed so you got places to put things when needed.

Adjustable Racks system - probably use shelf bracket or twin slot.

Small shelf or basket - need something to hold the PID electronics, as well as things to hand like cloths, etc.
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Old 05-06-2014, 10:57 AM   #9
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heatermeter PID - I built this & tested it so I know it works. Just need to hook it up to a vent hole to test & to see if I need a 2nd vent hole.
You'll like the Hm, it works great on the UDS. I had a 1/2 hole and it did pretty good for most smokes, low and slow but higher cooks had to open other vent holes to get up to temp. I just recently added a servo damper to mine and opened the vent to 3/4, I'm still in the tuning stage for that though.

Anyways HM better then what you can buy pre-made.
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Old 05-06-2014, 11:11 AM   #10
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You'll like the Hm, it works great on the UDS. I had a 1/2 hole and it did pretty good for most smokes, low and slow but higher cooks had to open other vent holes to get up to temp. I just recently added a servo damper to mine and opened the vent to 3/4, I'm still in the tuning stage for that though.

Anyways HM better then what you can buy pre-made.
THanks for the input. I dont want to put holes in if I dont need them.
I still not figured out the best way to to attach the fan either.

I love the simplicity (of use) of it as well.
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Old 05-06-2014, 01:33 PM   #11
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The upside drum is a good idea! I have seen a few that way on here before. But I also like the to use the original drum lid as i smoke so I left mine right side up so i could use the flat or kettle lid depending on what I'm cooking...

You will love your HM. I built one, and in the processes of building the second. I however dont use the blower part. I love being by the UDS tending the airflow (not really any need though cause its almost set it and forget it) I mainly built my HM to have the option of having text messages or emails sent when alarms go off when i cant be close to the cooker all the time.
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Old 05-06-2014, 07:29 PM   #12
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You will love your HM. I built one, and in the processes of building the second. I however dont use the blower part. I love being by the UDS tending the airflow (not really any need though cause its almost set it and forget it) I mainly built my HM to have the option of having text messages or emails sent when alarms go off when i cant be close to the cooker all the time.

How in the world is this done? Is there a thread on this here?
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Old 05-06-2014, 09:16 PM   #13
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There are some threads on the HeaterMeter on here but the original talk started on another forum. Here is the link to the one I am using
http://tvwbb.com/showthread.php?3567...yPi-Standalone
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Old 05-07-2014, 01:05 AM   #14
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and the direct link to the GitHub
https://github.com/CapnBry/HeaterMeter/wiki
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Old 05-07-2014, 02:31 AM   #15
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Here is a picture of my blower on 3d printed servo damper that Ralph prints up on his 3d printer for people with HMs. I think it was 30 including shipping

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