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Unread 05-31-2011, 11:31 AM   #8011
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Default Nothing wrong with Mini UDS

Check out this link for some help:
http://www.shortypen.com/projects/bb.../uds/index.htm
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Unread 05-31-2011, 12:06 PM   #8012
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[QUOTE=BBQpower;1658116]Now I got the 30Gal drum for free and was Clean inside, to small for a UDS, someone suggested I do a mini but I was thinking of just using it as a firebox and putting a 55gal drum horizontally but then it won't be a UDS anymore Time to go find 2 55Gals.

First of all : Your 30 gallon drum is best suited to go with a 18 1/2 " Weber or similar Kettles for lids.

Where as the 22 1/2" is used for the 55 gallon drums.

For the Mini drum, 10 to 16 gallon size using the Weber SJ @ 14" dia. or similar made grills of the same.
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Unread 05-31-2011, 01:40 PM   #8013
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Has anyone bought a UDS from White Arc Smokers? they seem well done.. just wondering if anyone has any feedback.
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Unread 05-31-2011, 02:22 PM   #8014
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Has anyone bought a UDS from White Arc Smokers? they seem well done.. just wondering if anyone has any feedback.
Haven't bought one of theirs, but they look pretty solid and like a typical UDS.

I make my own to sell in the local area in SE Minnesota. I can't figure out how they can sell them so cheap. Just my parts alone cost me $125. But I do use reconditioned barrels and new dome lids from a charcoal grill. http://webpages.charter.net/trotterdr/bbqbarrel/

Theirs look pretty nice, and they are simple to use I am sure. If you are a busy person, one of these would be pretty nice. And, you can modify it as you go, if there are add-ons (shelves, better thermo, etc) that you want.

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Unread 05-31-2011, 06:19 PM   #8015
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I got a question...still a new member, so search is limited...How big of a diameter should I make my coal basket? I know I saw some numbers height wise (535 pages is alot to remember where) but right now, with two 12x24 in. pieces of expanded metal bent together in a circle, I've got just over 14" diameter. Is that good, or will that be too hard to control long burns with. Thanks in advance, love this thread.

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Unread 05-31-2011, 06:32 PM   #8016
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Both of mine are 9" tall by 14" diameter. I have no problem doing 18 hour plus burns on one basket.

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I got a question...still a new member, so search is limited...How big of a diameter should I make my coal basket? I know I saw some numbers height wise (535 pages is alot to remember where) but right now, with two 12x24 in. pieces of expanded metal bent together in a circle, I've got just over 14" diameter. Is that good, or will that be too hard to control long burns with. Thanks in advance, love this thread.

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Unread 05-31-2011, 07:24 PM   #8017
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Thanks smokey...I've got a friend that will weld it up for me, I just wanted to make sure before he did. Appreciate it!
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Unread 05-31-2011, 09:36 PM   #8018
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Well I just ordered a UDS from White Arc Smokers. I hope I don't regret buying this and taken the short cut rather then building my own. I'm just so dam busy I rather spend a little more and have it home already. Guess I need to change my avatar now from a gas grill to a drum .
I saw someone post in this thread that people should know a few things BEFORE they season it. Is there any advise that I should do from the start?

Thanks in advance again!
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Unread 06-01-2011, 08:25 AM   #8019
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If you are paying for it, it should come ready to season. You may want to double check the inside, but it should be ready to smoke enjoy.

A word of warning , if anybody ever eats any of your food off this UDS...You'll be cooking for every holiday, birthday...etc.
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Unread 06-01-2011, 12:34 PM   #8020
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Default modified fire basket

I have been using fire basket a little different on the last few cooks. I saw one of the bigboy smokers use a basket that was like a maze, i guess because it only allowed a limited amount of charcoal to burn as it went around the maze.

I put a couple of firebricks in like this, and use a small piece of grate to make a compartment to put the lit coal in, it seems to be working, using my stoker, i did two burns over the weekend, one with out meat on sat, that went 13 hours. I firebricks holding a little heat doesn't hurt either.

On Sunday i did a 13 lb brisket and the fire went 14 hours.

Seems to work, the best i could do before was around 10, maybe 11 hours



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Unread 06-01-2011, 02:32 PM   #8021
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Hi all,

Thought I would chime in on the firebox size and burn time discussion. I build 12" tall by 14" diameter fireboxes for my UDS's. I did two 9 lbs. pork shoulders last weekend, and I started the UDS at 4:00pm.....it was still at temp (245 degrees F)at 7:00am the next morning. So, that's 15 hours. I pulled the pork, and let the cooker go for another hour, and then shut it down. So, that was 16 hours.

When I opened it up the next day to do a little cleanout.....I still had 3-4 inches of unburnt coals in the firebox.

I usually fill it up to about an inch from the top, and then make a small well in the middle. I usually put 12-15 glowing coals right in the center in about an 8-inch circle, with a couple 2-3 diameter wood chunks on the edge for smoke.
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Unread 06-01-2011, 04:18 PM   #8022
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Wow! This thread is intimidating....thanks for all the knowledge!
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I have been using fire basket a little different on the last few cooks. I saw one of the bigboy smokers use a basket that was like a maze, i guess because it only allowed a limited amount of charcoal to burn as it went around the maze.

I put a couple of firebricks in like this, and use a small piece of grate to make a compartment to put the lit coal in, it seems to be working, using my stoker, i did two burns over the weekend, one with out meat on sat, that went 13 hours. I firebricks holding a little heat doesn't hurt either.

On Sunday i did a 13 lb brisket and the fire went 14 hours.

Seems to work, the best i could do before was around 10, maybe 11 hours



I like your firebrick idea! I'll have to give that a try next time.
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Unread 06-02-2011, 11:54 PM   #8024
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UDS #1 is getting some pinholes in the bottom, got a line on the replacement.
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wow, 535 pages?!?!?

This weekend I'm planning on turning an old drum that's been in my parents' garage for 35 years (I have no idea where it even came from) to a smoker using all the knowledge I learned on this site (and mainly this thread!)

Thanks for all the knowledge!
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