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Unread 11-26-2008, 08:20 AM   #2041
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Hey, so I thought I would give the UDS a try. I aquired a drum today but I am not sure about it. I have looked through most of the posts and haven't seen one like it. It has no rolling rings and I am wondering if it is a heavy enough gauge. I had to cut the lip off to get the Weber lid on it and it seems a little "flimsy" now. Anyone ever used this type before?
If all it has to support is a Weber Kettle lid, it should be fine. Once a grate is in, it won't be able to distort much anyway.
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Unread 11-26-2008, 08:34 AM   #2042
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I usually pick up on mod ideas pretty quick. I have no idea how you are going to use this bolt system to nest your wsm inside your drum.

I will be waiting for pics.

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Unread 11-26-2008, 12:27 PM   #2043
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Hey, so I thought I would give the UDS a try. I aquired a drum today but I am not sure about it. I have looked through most of the posts and haven't seen one like it. It has no rolling rings and I am wondering if it is a heavy enough gauge. I had to cut the lip off to get the Weber lid on it and it seems a little "flimsy" now. Anyone ever used this type before?

I just realized its a 35 inch tall drum! How am I gonna get 24" between the charcoal grate and a second shelf? Shoulda had a tape measure when I picked it up! Whats the shallowest charcoal ring I can get away with?

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Unread 11-26-2008, 01:30 PM   #2044
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I usually pick up on mod ideas pretty quick. I have no idea how you are going to use this bolt system to nest your wsm inside your drum.

I will be waiting for pics.

I'm mounting the large bolt with nut where you would normally put your grate bolts...the through hole is just to allow for rapid removal of the grate mounting bolts and provide clearance (no grate bolts in the way) for the WSM to fit inside the UDS. Pics to follow this weekend.
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I just realized its a 35 inch tall drum! How am I gonna get 24" between the charcoal grate and a second shelf? Shoulda had a tape measure when I picked it up! Whats the shallowest charcoal ring I can get away with?

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I use a 6 inch height on my rings and vary the diameters. I have a 16 inch diameter for long burns (8 hours or longer) and an 8 inch diameter for quick cooks (2-4 hours). The overall height with standoffs is 9-10 inches.
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Unread 11-26-2008, 11:02 PM   #2046
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I recall seeing a website for a UDS kit. Anyone remember what it is?
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If I remember right that kit is kinda pricey. Dig through the thread, pick out what you need for how you want your drum be, and save yourself a buncha $$$. Besides - you're gong to get a good feeling cooking on "your" smoker .l
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Unread 11-27-2008, 12:15 PM   #2048
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I have a idea and need to know what they are offering in the kit for that price.
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I recall seeing a website for a UDS kit. Anyone remember what it is?
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http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=52480
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Well I made it all the way through before posting anything. I am just about done with my UDS and will post pics when I finish it with some tasty pron.

One thing that kept irritating me is the use of "food safe". From what I've seen food safe just means they have a liner in the drum. I'm sure that liner isn't food safe when it's burned. The only real food safe would be a stainless steel drum. I think a drum that had food in it or motor oil in it would be fine after a good burn. I've talked to people that used old heating oil barrels as pig cookers after a good burn.

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drew, I agree somewhat. The liner was definitely a nasty burnout as indicated on the first few pages. I guess it just depends on what you feel comfortable with.
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Well I made it all the way through before posting anything. I am just about done with my UDS and will post pics when I finish it with some tasty pron.

One thing that kept irritating me is the use of "food safe". From what I've seen food safe just means they have a liner in the drum. I'm sure that liner isn't food safe when it's burned. The only real food safe would be a stainless steel drum. I think a drum that had food in it or motor oil in it would be fine after a good burn. I've talked to people that used old heating oil barrels as pig cookers after a good burn.

Sorry for the rant. I just had to say it.
I agree totally. Burning plastic release some seriously toxic $hit. Like dioxins.
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I'm a noobie smoker. Been wanting to smoke some meat for a while and never had the right equipment. This thread got me to make a drum. I've been really happy with it so far.

Did my 4th cook over the weekend. A short smoke with some Pork Steaks and some salsiccia (italian sausages).

My first cooks had been with kingsford briquettes. This last cook I decided to try some lump charcoal based on what I've read from others on this forum. I know it was a short burn but I couldn't be happier with the results compared with briquettes.

I liked the smell of the smoke and the smoke flavor of the meat better as compared to that of my earlier cooks. I am having a hard time putting it into words the difference between the 2 so I apologize for not describing it better.

I know opinions are like A-holes and I need to get a couple more cooks in with the lump, especially a couple longer cooks, but I was very happy with the results of lump charcoal on the drum from this cook.
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Mix it with a bit of Kingsford for a longer burn.
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chasmosis:

You live in an area blessed with an abundance of natural woods for smoking. So try some, A little bit to start and see where it goes.

I only use natural wood. My UDS has never seen lump or briquettes. If I want less smoke, I use milder woods and/or mixes of different woods.
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