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Unread 09-18-2012, 07:17 AM   #10051
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Just finished my UDS. Mega thanks to everyone on this thread that posted info on how to do it. Looking forward to my first Q. Can't decide what to smoke first. Any suggestions (and tips since I am totally new at this)?
Most of us did a fattie or two for our initial smoke. Sprinkle some dry rub on a pound tube of sausage, place it directly on the rack, and smoke it until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Pull it off, wrap it in foil and a towel for a half hour. Enjoy the fruits of your labors.

It's hard to mess up a fattie and even if you do you're only out a couple of bucks and you can probably still use it to season beans, stew, or scrambled eggs. Get it right and you're a genius (for a few minutes)
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Unread 09-18-2012, 07:32 AM   #10052
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My first was 2 racks of St Louis cut ribs using the 3-2-1 method ... turned out great.
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Unread 09-18-2012, 07:43 AM   #10053
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Try some Moinks
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Unread 09-18-2012, 04:49 PM   #10054
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Just finished every page of this thread. And picked this up this morning for $37. Going to drill tonight and hope to have my first run this weekend while I brew up some Imperial Pumpkin Ale. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1348004917.069206.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1348004929.107654.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1348004941.952746.jpg

Thanks to all who have posted here. Can't wait to put all I've learned to use. More pics to follow.
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Unread 09-18-2012, 05:34 PM   #10055
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Here is a quick question...

Is there a difference functional difference between a round charcoal basket and a square basket?
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Unread 09-18-2012, 07:30 PM   #10056
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Also, I'm having a friend of mine fab my charcoal basket. I was thinking on 14" across and 12" tall. Would that suffice?
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Unread 09-18-2012, 08:41 PM   #10057
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My basket is 15 across and about 10 1/2 high ... more than enough.



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Unread 09-19-2012, 05:57 AM   #10058
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I started gathering parts over a year ago and never went anywhere with actually building anything. Last week I got the bug up my crawl and put together a 30 gallon drum smoker.

I started with a new drum, had to cut the lip off of the top for the lid to fit. I used paint stripper to remove the factory finish and sanded it with an orbital sander/220 grit paper before painting.





Found a Weber grate on clearance at target for 5 bucks and had picked up an 18" OTS on Craig's list a while back for the lid.

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Why did you remove the paint from the outside?
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Why did you remove the paint from the outside?

It was beat up pretty bad. I used "grill paint" from rustoleum to paint the drum.
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Why did you remove the paint from the outside?
Geo has his own reasons but I'll be stripping the paint from my next UDS because the pre-existing paint is likely not high-temperature. On occasion with my current UDS the outside area near the coals gets hot enough to make the paint peel, or worse, burn. The slight acrid smell detracts from the normally wonderful aromas coming from the smoker. :)
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Geo has his own reasons but I'll be stripping the paint from my next UDS because the pre-existing paint is likely not high-temperature. On occasion with my current UDS the outside area near the coals gets hot enough to make the paint peel, or worse, burn. The slight acrid smell detracts from the normally wonderful aromas coming from the smoker. :)

Hmmm... I could burn mine off with my Oxy/Act torch. Don't wanna spend money for expensive grill paint, just to have the cheap drum paint underneath peel off.
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Unread 09-19-2012, 03:54 PM   #10063
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My basket is 15"x15"x15" square. The only reason i went with 15" is because that's the only size scrap that was available in our fab shop. Each corner is braced with a piece of 1-1/2" x 1/8" angle iron.
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Unread 09-19-2012, 09:33 PM   #10064
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Progress! Paint tomorrow and hopefully season on Friday night!ImageUploadedByTapatalk1348108342.153326.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1348108354.448507.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1348108364.402206.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1348108380.558800.jpg
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Unread 09-19-2012, 09:33 PM   #10065
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Also are we supposed to use Teflon tape in these builds???
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