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Unread 02-24-2009, 03:39 PM   #1
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Default UDS vs BDS opinions please!

Hiya! I am looking for the opinions of my fellow Brethren. I have almost made up my mind, but I wanna seek your opinions anyway.

I am in need of a smoker large enough to handlle small (50) to medium (200) catering gigs. I am very happy with my UDS, and have been doing some research on a BDS, the largest size (Mega). The BDS will give me all the capacity I can forsee needing in the next few years. The size barrel it's made from is not available, 100 + gallon. The Mega is about $1,000 less than the other guys smoker available meeting a similar capacity, and the shipping charges are much, much less.

What would you do???
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Unread 02-24-2009, 03:42 PM   #2
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Based on everything you said, I would get the big BDS, no doubt.
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see if you can get a deal on a spicebox?
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I think I'd just build two more DrumPits and Save the Money....
Or you could always go Taller with your Present UDS and add more racks..

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I think I'd just build two more DrumPits and Save the Money....
Or you could always go Taller with your Present UDS and add more racks..

What he said^^^^^
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The Mega!! But take into account my biased opinion.
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You think you can cook for 200 in a mega drum?
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http://ybdco.thomasnet.com/viewitems...ums?&forward=1

They have 85 and 110 gallon drums.

I like N8man's idea though, just go taller...
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Taller is a great idea. But I am biased...


I bet once I find a domed lid I could fit a third rack in here.
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A couple 85's are a LOT cheaper...
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I would go with the BDS Mega. This is one of Rocky's Mega test cooks. I'm not certain, but this looks like 60 or 65 pounds of meat to me. This cooker is rated for 8 briskets or 20 butts. And conservatively, even if you mixed them up, I bet 3 or 4 briskets along with 7 or 8 butts would work just fine.

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I would go with the BDS Mega. This is one of Rocky's Mega test cooks. I'm not certain, but this looks like 60 or 65 pounds of meat to me. This cooker is rated for 8 briskets or 20 butts. And conservatively, even if you mixed them up, I bet 3 or 4 briskets along with 7 or 8 butts would work just fine.
Yep, you got that lower cooking rack 7" under the top one. Fill that bad boy up and it may get in the neighborhood of feeding 200.

13 slabs on the top cooking rack and room for 2-3 more on this rack -- another of Rocky's test cooks.

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You can also add a second shelf to a couple more UDS's and save a bundle of $. Your call...
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Yeah for what you need to do, go with the mega. It's a sure shot. It costs more money but worth it. Plus, the UDS's are based off of it. Get the real deal.
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Taller is a great idea. But I am biased...


I bet once I find a domed lid I could fit a third rack in here.

Taller is always better (6'7"). Anyway, what is that thing that looks like a gramaphone crank on your UDS? I'm guessing it's a jiggler... We need closeups and an explanation, please. -- or a pointer to the post number in the UDS thread.

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