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Unread 04-09-2010, 03:47 PM   #1
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Default Can you make an electric UDS?

A lady I work with heard me and some of the guys talking about the UDS we have built and said she wanted one also. The thing is she wants an electric one since she honestly doesnt want to have to mess with charcoal.

What I was thinking was using something like this http://www.walmart.com/ip/Electric-C...arter/13350324 The only problem is how do i control how hot it is. Any ideas would be most helpful.
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Yup find Norco he made the first and it works perfectly.
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Yup find Norco he made the first and it works perfectly.

I can't search any idea where the thread is?
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I can't search any idea where the thread is?
If you go down to the bottom left of this page you will see a google custom search box for the Brethren site. I like it better than the official one.
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While I think an electric one could me made, I'm gonna say these issues need to be addressed:

You will need an element thats powerful enough to generate the kind of heat needed to keep a constant temp inside that big area for an extended period of time. I think an element with a digital or knob like control will be best. You will need to have the controls on the outside of the drum for ease of use and so they don't melt (plastic knobs, housings, etc.) I guess the other concern is that the cable, etc don't make a hazardous contact with the metal and cause problems.
Anyone have pics of the electric element that comes in the ECB's? That might be an alternative, just use a replacement element that's already made for a smoker and adapt it to the drum.
Like this one:
http://www.brinkmann.net/Shop/Detail...-0224-C&id=355
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If you go down to the bottom left of this page you will see a google search box for the Brethren site. I like it better than the official one.
I've tried it with limited success. The vbulletin search feature is great if you know how to use it.
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I found norco's post reading it now.

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...03&postcount=4
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You know, it is way easier to make a gas drum than an electric. Google "afterburner bbq" and you'll see everything you need.

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Norcoredneck has made several versions and I'm sure electric was tried. You might want to look into some of his builds.

I have done a version primarily intended for being able to cold smoke and was able to get temps up to bbq. I took a hot plate cut the wires to feed the power and control to the outside of the drum. Once outside the drum I reconnected everything. I then picked up an elcheapo 10" cast iron pan cut off the handle and use that hold wood chips, sawdust or wood chunks. It worked pretty good and when im done i just unscrew the wire nuts remove the element and its back to a charcoal smoker. If you do this you will need to use a drip pan. Link to a similar hotplate http://www.hotplates.com/Proctor-Sil...1-PSX1026.html
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I've tried it with limited success. The vbulletin search feature is great if you know how to use it.
Here is the link to a thread showing it that I found with the google search.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=38433
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Wow I type slow... NO one had responded when i started typing
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Here is the link to a thread showing it that I found with the google search.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=38433
I also found that one as I posted above, but it does not provide enough info for me. It shows a few pictures of a finished product that looks amazing, but I don't know what he used for a heating element, where I might be able to get one and so on and so on. But thank you.
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If you are really going to build one, send Norco a private message and I bet he will be very helpful.
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If you are really going to build one, send Norco a private message and I bet he will be very helpful.
I will most likely do that. But as I see it the point of a forum is to share ideas and knowledge. If I PM norco and figure it out how will the next guy know how to make one? Plus there might be some other great ideas out there. One was already posted, a hot plate, and he said it will hold temp.
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Who is this Norco guy you are talking about? Is he some mysterious UDS building phantom?
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