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Unread 09-12-2008, 08:48 AM   #1
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Default UDS Build starts tomorrow any last words of advice

Hi Guy

Well i pick up two drums tomorrow one for a UDS the other in case i screw up if all goes well with the first drum then made up some plans to turn the second one into a grill.
My question is what do you wish you knew when you built your first UDS?

second one was I can only get glav pipe for the air intake am I just better off to put ball value straight onto the nipple?

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Unread 09-12-2008, 08:57 AM   #2
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buy step bits...

and more beer on hand....

darn Minnesota Sunday laws :(
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Unread 09-12-2008, 09:10 AM   #3
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Congrats!!
I wish I would have known enough to buy a deep freezer when they were on sale for holding all my future UDS animal carcases.

Just use the ball valve and keep it simple.
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Unread 09-12-2008, 09:21 AM   #4
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Keep it simple.
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follow this thread
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=43943

Should not be able to go wrong if you follow Norcorednecks directions.

The hardest thing I see for you is getting the your Oz buddies to understand that smoking is BBQ and shrimp on the Barbie is grilling.

Enjoy.
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Unread 09-12-2008, 11:59 AM   #6
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Default Your gonna love it

I just did my first test burn on my UDS/BBQ Guru. Would you believe 18 hours and absolutely ROCK SOLID on temp control. Agree fully - follow Norcorednecks' directions - can't go wrong.

My basket is 12" dia and 12" tall - sitting 4" off the bottom of the barrel.

Am going to buy a brisket tonight and my first UDS cook starts tomorrow - I'm excited. My first brisket cook too -

My wife told me I have to paint it and build a nice looking stand/table if I want to keep it on the deck - so that may be this weekend's project.

Now that I've got the smoker problem solved, I can start learning how to cook different cuts of meats.

This is getting to be fun.

Oh yea - by all means get a step drill - worth every penny.

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Start simple. Go with magnets and add valves later.

Second/Third the step bit. I'm not sure how I survived this far without one.
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I would not use galvanized pipe, if it gets too hot it will put off toxic fumes.
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Hold off any serious beer drinking untill you're done. .... Or not.
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I would not use galvanized pipe, if it gets too hot it will put off toxic fumes.
Good advice!
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All beer drinkin is serious

Have fun and take lots of pictures
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Keep your head down and watch for flying stuff. Just keep in simple you do fine
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I used 2" auto exhaust pipe, which works great. Good luck!!

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Another Brother sent me a PM asking for pointers. he asked about this thread so i will cut and paste my reply. I will let him remain anonymous because everyones build is their own. All tweak their builds and that is what make this all fun. Looking forward to pics of his and yours. There is a million ways to do it but I personally guarantee this set up to work as advertised.
Step by step.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...1&postcount=86

Parts
3ea. 3/4" close pipe nipples
2ea. 3/4" pipe caps.
1ea. 3/4" ball valve.
3ea. 1/2" conduit nuts (optional for no weld build)
3ea. 1/4"-20 thrd.X 1 3/4" stainless bolt
3ea. 1/4"-20 thrd.X 2" stainless bolt
12ea. 1/4"-20 thd. nuts.
12ea. 1/4" washers.
2 handles and mount hardware of choice.
1 Spicewine gauge (2 if you want one in Weber lid. Nice to average temp).

Now for Charcoal Basket. I have been going this route lately and really like it.

1ea. Charcoal replacement grate for 18.5" Weber
1 piece 45"X 8" 3/4"-#9 expanded metal.
3ea. 1/2" or 3/8" X 3 1/2" long bolts
6ea. washers for bolts
6ea. nuts for bolts.

If you have a closed head drum you will need a lid. Weber lids fit some drums and can be tweaked with a couple of crescent wrenches to fit others. Cheaper kingsford kettles work but are a little loose.

For ash pan I get a cheap 14" grill like they sell at CVS or grocery stores. Works nice. Save lid you cut off and you can cut circle to stiffen ash pan.

Optional but nice to have
3 or 4 casters for bottom. I use 3 and tack weld them to bottom.
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