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Unread 07-08-2013, 08:39 AM   #11056
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Default UDS with DIGI Q???

I just completed this UDS and have a couple orders to build others. Like to offer an automatic temp controller like the Digi Q but wonderered if anyone has experience with it and if the volume of air is enough for a UDS. Thanks for the input!
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Unread 07-08-2013, 10:10 AM   #11057
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having trouble finding clean or new drums here in ireland

BUT i can get my hands on a copper heating tank for free

Anyone know if these would be ok to use. they are used for domestic water and so should be ok for cooking in i take it

temp never going be massive in smokes

only downside i see is slightly smaller in width than a drum smoker and will have hand cut my own grates
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Unread 07-08-2013, 07:38 PM   #11058
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Default UDS grilling modifcation?

Been looking to build a smoker/grill for a while and stumbled upon the UDS via YouTube. I am new to this site so forgive me if this is considered blasphemy to the low and slow enthusiast on this site but I have a question for the seasoned UDS builders here. Have any of you modified your UDS so you can grill on it?
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Unread 07-08-2013, 08:25 PM   #11059
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Been looking to build a smoker/grill for a while and stumbled upon the UDS via YouTube. I am new to this site so forgive me if this is considered blasphemy to the low and slow enthusiast on this site but I have a question for the seasoned UDS builders here. Have any of you modified your UDS so you can grill on it?
I've heard of a few people making the fire basket height adjustable for that purpose
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Unread 07-08-2013, 09:57 PM   #11060
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People have done it. I plan on doing it too. ( in process of building my uds )
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Unread 07-10-2013, 06:23 AM   #11061
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having trouble finding clean or new drums here in ireland

BUT i can get my hands on a copper heating tank for free

Anyone know if these would be ok to use. they are used for domestic water and so should be ok for cooking in i take it

temp never going be massive in smokes

only downside i see is slightly smaller in width than a drum smoker and will have hand cut my own grates
I'm in Drogheda and Boyne Valley Honey can sell you drums - they're lined on inside but nothing a couple of good burns won't sort out. Got mine for €5 each and the guy in the stores even washed the residual honey out with hot water :)
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Unread 07-10-2013, 07:41 AM   #11062
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People have done it. I plan on doing it too. ( in process of building my uds )
Would be interested to hear how you are planning on doing this.

Would imagine a few extra bolts would allow for you to rest the fire basket on a grill placed closer to the top of the uds. Any measurements etc would be great to see.

I'm in the process of gathering parts for my first build, and while i'm all for K.I.S.S, a simple mod like this might be worth trying.
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Unread 07-10-2013, 07:49 AM   #11063
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Yea a extra set of bolts to sit firebox on right under the cooking grate.
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Unread 07-10-2013, 08:02 AM   #11064
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Yes, Good point.

I was going to do that but have two Webers, so figure extra work not necessary.

My plan was to use either 6 long threaded rods, my basket is heavy.

Or hang some heavy metal supports from the top of the drum to hold the basket, the pan bottom and the coals. As I said, heavy...

Should be as functional as the Weber, but I am still using my large Weber which I began to use in 1975.
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Unread 07-10-2013, 09:02 AM   #11065
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Where did you get that stack? I have been looking for one like that!
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Unread 07-10-2013, 10:37 AM   #11066
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Hud, My son wrote to some BBQ maker and they sent it to him. It is all SS and about the perfect size for the 4 intakes ratio-wyze. If you search the WWW you might see it...in the meantime, I will email him and ask where he picked it up and if you PM me in a few days, I will be able to advise where and how he picked it up. He decided he liked the "exhaust pipe" style better.
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Unread 07-10-2013, 10:48 AM   #11067
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hello all!!! I'm in the process of finishing off my own dual drum, offset, reverse flow smoker, and I'm wondering how you all have made the portal for the thermometer(s). Do you just drill a hole and stick the probe in there? Is there some kind of hardware that would make the portal a little cleaner?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'll be posting pictures when I'm done, which will be soon. Thanks. This post has been an absolute lifesaver. Almost all of my questions have been answered just by reading your super informative, sometimes hilarious posts.

Thanks all!!!
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Unread 07-10-2013, 11:00 AM   #11068
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Hud, Re the chimney, I forgot to add, that my orig plan was to buy some 3" stainless tube about 1 foot long, and have local metal shop cut it into 3 sections, with 45 degree angled cuts, then weld them together in a sort of zig-zag shape and add a ss cone-shaped top, but the gift changed my mind and saved some moola.
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Rock, I bought a very nice low cost (6-7 $coots) thermo via Amazon, which is spot on temp-wyze.

Drilled a .25 hole in top, as in pic, to fit the threaded part of thermo and added a washer...that was it.

I remove and fill hole with .25 ss bolt, when not using, using same wing-nut that came with the thermo.

I have probe, but the above works just fine, besides, I do simple. Not taking over my life. In fact, I sometimes wonder if the Weber can equal the task...but it is fun.

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Unread 07-11-2013, 02:49 AM   #11070
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Joined a couple of weeks ago and am diligently reading the thread as I collect parts to construct my own UDS; up to p. 234 right now. I've read many posts relating to various vent configurations as well as how the temp varies from the top to the bottom cooking racks.

Has anybody considered or tried installing vent drop pipes from the lid that might allow the heat to stack up deeper in the top before venting? This might cause a little more convection and achieve more uniform temp profile. Any thoughts?
This post is from the end of June (no one has replied to it). I don't even know what a vent drop pipe would be (a pipe attached to vent hole on lid which would angle out and down the side of the cooker some length?), but the subjects of greater temp uniformity, and increased convection, intrigue me...does anyone have any thoughts?

I reckon incidentally that if a vent drop pipe is what I'm picturing, a series of them could function as spider-like legs for the lid to sit on when it's lifted off the cooker...
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