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Old 08-13-2009, 10:05 PM   #1
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Default New to the forums and I to have the BBQ bug

Found the site by looking for info on the UDS and boy did I evver find info.

So far, im fairly new to smoking as I have only been smoking on a weber 22 inch grill and have smoked only two brisket, 1 shoulder, 1 wild salmon, and Im not going to call my attempt at bbq'ing ribs bbq or smoking, they were just carboard with some seasoning.

I was looking at getting a wsm but I am very interested in making my own UDS.

I have already bough parts for the UDS and im still lookng for the perfect barrel.

I do have one question about the UDS I am making. I bought some .5 inch plugs to use for the air control , 6 for the bottom and 6 for the top. I doubt Ill have to use them all but I was wondering if .5 inches per will be exceptable. And well one more question do either lowes or HD have expandable metal for the fuel holder, I was at HD but I did not see where it would be located in the store.
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Old 08-13-2009, 10:08 PM   #2
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Welkom Boz,surely your question will be answered by 1 of the Brethren,that's how we roll!
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Hi and welcome to the Brethren. You wil find all your questions answered in the UDS threads.
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Old 08-14-2009, 06:58 AM   #5
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Welcome to the addiction... Remember, there is no 12 step program for us!!!

There is nothing better than serving que off a cooker you made!

To be honest, I think you are going a little overboard with 6 in-takes. I mine has 4 - 1" in-takes and I don't ever recall having more than 2 open at once. You may also think about using a valve rather than plug on one of the in-takes to allow for fine tuning.

As for the expanded metal, I know both stores carry it. Look near the welding supplies.

Good luck on the build and don't forget the pron!

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Welcome to the camp,
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(There is a classic post on how to find the expanded metal at HD, I will dig for it and hope someone else beats me to it.......)

On edit: Found it,
here it is re expanded steel at HD:

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Thanks everybody, I have found my expanded metal, and will probally go with a ball valve after I get the thing up and running.

Im fairly new when it come to BBQ, except for the steaks and brats(survival food), so I hope to learn alot from here and would like to do some comps in the future.
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