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Unread 10-12-2010, 03:47 PM   #6961
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Have you built a "standard" UDS yet? If not I highly suggest you start with a simple build. Score yourself a Weber lid and you can have at least two racks that will hold a ton of meat. If you build a big enough charcoal basket you will not need to access it during any cook. Some people report their UDS running over 24 hours. As far as the water pan (I do not use one) but many people just use an empty pan filled with sand or a clay dish as a diffuser. In Illinois you should not have a real problem with lack of humidity.
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Unread 10-12-2010, 03:51 PM   #6962
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Have you built a "standard" UDS yet? If not I highly suggest you start with a simple build. Score yourself a Weber lid and you can have at least two racks that will hold a ton of meat. If you build a big enough charcoal basket you will not need to access it during any cook. Some people report their UDS running over 24 hours. As far as the water pan (I do not use one) but many people just use an empty pan filled with sand or a clay dish as a diffuser. In Illinois you should not have a real problem with lack of humidity.
I have a few lids
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Unread 10-12-2010, 03:58 PM   #6963
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I have a few lids
Heh, yeah, I missed that. Be aware though that you may have to flatten and form the lip of the lid around the lip of the drum as many times it is not a perfect fit.
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Unread 10-12-2010, 07:02 PM   #6964
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Have you built a "standard" UDS yet? If not I highly suggest you start with a simple build. Score yourself a Weber lid and you can have at least two racks that will hold a ton of meat. If you build a big enough charcoal basket you will not need to access it during any cook. Some people report their UDS running over 24 hours. As far as the water pan (I do not use one) but many people just use an empty pan filled with sand or a clay dish as a diffuser. In Illinois you should not have a real problem with lack of humidity.
X2.. jgdad, it's neat your thinking ahead, nttawwt, but you could build two or three simple drums that will probably save you alot of headaches, and money..
This tread is all about keeping it simple! Good luck with you build!! Post pics when your done. We all learn new ways to do things here!!
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Unread 10-12-2010, 07:17 PM   #6965
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It's fun to see what folk tinker with and try to make better. Some very good ideas and some not so much. I would agree that the first UDS should be the most basic build and not try to outsmart simplicity. My first one worked so well, I haven't changed a thing on the other 10 or so I have build. The simple build works as advertised.....awsome!
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X2.. jgdad, it's neat your thinking ahead, nttawwt, but you could build two or three simple drums that will probably save you alot of headaches, and money..
This tread is all about keeping it simple! Good luck with you build!! Post pics when your done. We all learn new ways to do things here!!
I truly appreciate all the feedback. My reason for stacking is that should allow me to cook on 6 racks with one fire. I hope that by discussing my plans here the weakness can be found and improved upon.
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Unread 10-13-2010, 12:07 AM   #6967
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Time to add some color to this thread. Thanks to everyone for contributing to this thread. I really learned a lot and am a happy smoker.

The Purple Pig Smoker.



Firebox from the cheepo Lowe's grill


Note to self, don't put the wheels on until AFTER the hot burn.


Innards after first cook and seasoning


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Unread 10-13-2010, 06:30 AM   #6968
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Greetings all. This is a great site and thanks to all who contributed to this helpful thread. I just picked up a drum and everything I need to build my UDS, but I have a few questions that I did not see specficially answered here.

I bought a reconditioned drum from a barrel company. I don't know what was in it but the seller said all their drums are sent out to be burned and repainted. Mine is "unlined" but seems to have a thin, dark grey coating on the inside that's rough to the touch. You can almost see metal through it. Could it be rust inhibitor and is it dangerous?

Also, I saw a "no weld" method for air intakes that uses pipe nipples and conduit nuts to secure them, but the nuts are zinc coated. Will three, thin conduit nuts at the inside bottom of the drum be a health hazard?

I planning to do a burnout of my barrel this weekend but will try to post some pics of it here before I do. Also thinking of getting it sandblasted after the burn.

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Unread 10-13-2010, 07:25 AM   #6969
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[QUOTE=samiam;1429192]Time to add some color to this thread. Thanks to everyone for contributing to this thread. I really learned a lot and am a happy smoker.

The Purple Pig Smoker





Thanks again everyone![QUOTE]

That looks like a might small pig. Yet it had wings go I guess pigs can fly.
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Here is something similar to what I was tinking off building.



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Are ya gonna need a ladder to get to the top rack ?
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Unread 10-13-2010, 08:40 AM   #6973
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Are ya gonna need a ladder to get to the top rack ?
Nope I am 6' foot and each drum is 35" high.
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Greetings all. This is a great site and thanks to all who contributed to this helpful thread. I just picked up a drum and everything I need to build my UDS, but I have a few questions that I did not see specficially answered here.

I bought a reconditioned drum from a barrel company. I don't know what was in it but the seller said all their drums are sent out to be burned and repainted. Mine is "unlined" but seems to have a thin, dark grey coating on the inside that's rough to the touch. You can almost see metal through it. Could it be rust inhibitor and is it dangerous?
Not sure without seeing a pic and sorry can't help ya with that one.
Also, I saw a "no weld" method for air intakes that uses pipe nipples and conduit nuts to secure them, but the nuts are zinc coated. Will three, thin conduit nuts at the inside bottom of the drum be a health hazard? Doubtful since the area that they are in won't get that hot.

I planning to do a burnout of my barrel this weekend but will try to post some pics of it here before I do. Also thinking of getting it sandblasted after the burn.

Thanks again.

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Hope it helps and good luck!
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That looks like a might small pig. Yet it had wings go I guess pigs can fly.
It was a bugger to catch and I'll be damned if it didn't taste just like chicken.
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