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Unread 07-07-2014, 04:12 PM   #12031
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Default First smoke

Smoked two slabs of ribs and a whole chicken this weekend. Turned out fine but one thing I was disappointed in was that I lost my fire about 5 hours in. Maintained fairly steady at 225 then basically just went out. I didn't snuff it out, only tweaked airflow as necessary to try and maintain temp. There was a ton of unlit, unburned lump in my basket when it went out. Mine has four "intakes".....all with a screw cap. Would I be better served by replacing one or more with a ball valve to help better control intake????? Like I said, the food was done and tasty, but had I been cooking a brisket or butt, I would have been SOL......
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Unread 07-07-2014, 04:14 PM   #12032
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i have recently got 2 drums that have the 2in and a 1in bong holes.
question is: i've seen pvc used for the 2in stack and was wondering if that was safe to use being that its on the exhaust?
my lowes store didn't have any black pipe in the 2in size
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Unread 07-07-2014, 04:37 PM   #12033
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Default Aggie UDS

New Aggie smoker
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Unread 07-07-2014, 07:25 PM   #12034
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Here's my first, with a Packers theme. I missed the Fourth but am looking forward to pulled pork this weekend.

Big thanks to everyone who contributed to these threads, especially Norcoredneck for the excellent tutorial. I never would have tried this on my own!

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Unread 07-07-2014, 11:50 PM   #12035
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New Aggie smoker

Love the Aggie themed smoker. Am hoping to do something similar with mine, but looking for a stencil I can use to get the block ATM in the state. Think of a UDS that looks like the helmets we had when playing Mississippi St. a couple years ago. Only problem is finding a stencil big enough...

Where did you find the maroon high heat paint?

About losing your fire five hours in, a lot of people talk about fits getting cooked out by the ashes around then. Most say a good shake/kick will clear out some ash so your coals will get the air they need to keep going. Some have created coal 'jigglers' to help make sure the ash doesn't build up.
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Unread 07-08-2014, 08:14 AM   #12036
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Love the Aggie themed smoker. Am hoping to do something similar with mine, but looking for a stencil I can use to get the block ATM in the state. Think of a UDS that looks like the helmets we had when playing Mississippi St. a couple years ago. Only problem is finding a stencil big enough...

Where did you find the maroon high heat paint?

About losing your fire five hours in, a lot of people talk about fits getting cooked out by the ashes around then. Most say a good shake/kick will clear out some ash so your coals will get the air they need to keep going. Some have created coal 'jigglers' to help make sure the ash doesn't build up.
This wasn't a home build. I bought from Riley's Smokers. He had the maroon and a burnt orange (ugh) and like a Cowboy blue, along with other colors.
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Unread 07-09-2014, 02:15 PM   #12037
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I have a plethora of barrels now, five to be exact. As exciting as it sounds, it really looks more like a chore now. all barrels are closed top. But I am able to grind the roll and remove the lid, with it being reuseable. that was an awesome find!
Two barrels are oil barrels and were $10. unlined
Three barrels were free, but lined.

Hope to have some pictures up in the next few months of some builds.

Finding lids has been pretty futile around here. Cragislist hasn't had a Kettle yet. lucked into a lid for the one i have already built. Alot of work ahead to get these barrels in cooking shape.
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Unread 07-10-2014, 02:26 AM   #12038
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Finnished my first UDS and seasoned it yesterday. BIG THANKS to everyone who added on this Monster of a thread.
So...

My brand new drum inside:


Even came wrapt in plastic bubble wrap


The paint off:


New paint job, not the best but it will do:

My lid:


Inside:


Some wheels:


My Basket:


First fire:


Finnish Dum:


After 4 hour of seasoning i add some chicken wings:


Came out really good. Did not use anything on the chicken:


All gone:


Funny thing is I did not have a tempt messure installed yet. Did it by guessing. They are still in the mail. But it work out great.

So once again thanks to everyone.
Now to move on to the bigger meat !!!!!!
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Unread 07-10-2014, 05:14 AM   #12039
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Default My first NDS(Niner Drum Smoker)

Here is my fist smoker. A special thanks goes out to mnmgri4 for the perfect hinge design.



This was a fun project. I got the legs and dome lid from a old 22.5 grill. Drilled a hole thru a 5/8 for my 12' deep fryer thermometer to go thru. VHT and Rustoleum high heat paint......Feel free to hit me up if you are making your first one and need a hand
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Unread 07-10-2014, 02:10 PM   #12040
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Me again. Had so much fun yesterday, today I when for a whole chicken. Was more like a baby turkey. Was big and lots of fat. So my drum is getting a good seasoning.

My chicken:


I notice quite a lot of liquid at the bottem. I am sure it is the chicken fat. Will that be a problem for the food or drum ?. I have a 14" basket so it is a bit narrow. I will just tip some ash in to soak it up and the scoop it out.
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Unread 07-10-2014, 03:57 PM   #12041
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Many thanks to all who created this massive and awesome thread! In the process of building my first with a new drum and have a questuion I have not seen come up:

My lid has a white gasket in it. Should I leave it or remove it?

Thanks for any help.

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Unread 07-10-2014, 04:06 PM   #12042
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Yes you should remove it. That will give you a much better lid fit. I ran mine with the gasket for several cooks till I realized I'd get better closure without it.

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Many thanks to all who created this massive and awesome thread! In the process of building my first with a new drum and have a questuion I have not seen come up:

My lid has a white gasket in it. Should I leave it or remove it?

Thanks for any help.

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Unread 07-10-2014, 07:43 PM   #12043
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Here's my first, with a Packers theme. I missed the Fourth but am looking forward to pulled pork this weekend.

Big thanks to everyone who contributed to these threads, especially Norcoredneck for the excellent tutorial. I never would have tried this on my own!

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The only thing this needs to be perfect is orange and navy blue paint to cover up all that green!!!
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Unread 07-11-2014, 09:43 PM   #12044
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Finally got around to finishing my drum by painting it, adding wheels, and upgrading the thermometer.





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Unread 07-11-2014, 09:58 PM   #12045
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Me again. Had so much fun yesterday, today I when for a whole chicken. Was more like a baby turkey. Was big and lots of fat. So my drum is getting a good seasoning.

My chicken:


I notice quite a lot of liquid at the bottem. I am sure it is the chicken fat. Will that be a problem for the food or drum ?. I have a 14" basket so it is a bit narrow. I will just tip some ash in to soak it up and the scoop it out.
I have the same issue with moisture in the bottom of my uds. I asked the question and aparently the moisture is normal. I soak mine up with some paper towel. btw nice uds
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