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Unread 12-24-2010, 10:20 AM   #1
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After long last, my UDS is complete. A couple of key features:

I bought some springs and round bar. We formed the handles with the springs in the middle to make 'cool touch' handles






After fabricating the handles and welding them on, I did the burn out. When the skin temp of the drum was 900+, the handles were only 200. When the drum cooled down to 300, the handles were 80 or so (using a laser temperature gizmo). They seem to work pretty well. Some pictures of the fabrication. My buddy Vance is welding, my son is hopping around and watching.




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The charcoal basket is expanded metal on 2 x 2 tubing with a round stock handle to pull the basket. I used a spare WSM charcoal ring to make the basket.




First fire




First brisket on the grate and cook underway

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Unread 12-24-2010, 10:25 AM   #2
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Nice build!
1 or 2 grates?
And where is the thermo?
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Unread 12-24-2010, 10:35 AM   #3
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Is that a BGE vent? Those handles are the tits.

Drum looks great, now finish the Ford.
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Unread 12-24-2010, 10:49 AM   #4
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Good looking drum!
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Nice build, love the handles !! + 1 where's the thermo. I would put some bricks under the drum, so it's not sitting on the concrete. (jmo)
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Nice build!
1 or 2 grates?
And where is the thermo?
Currently one grate. I have two grates on the WSM and don't use them the second all that much. We'll see what happens.

The thermometer is on the back side about 120 degrees from the bottle opener. A probe grommet is another 120 degress around, both about 2" below the top grate.
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Is that a BGE vent? Those handles are the tits.

Drum looks great, now finish the Ford.
That is an XL BGE vent. So far, it's been running about 275 all morning with about 3/4" of vent open. I guess the other 7" of vent area is just for show!
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Nicest Red Raider drum I've ever seen.
Good going!
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Nice!

Should outlast the barrel!

Happy cooking!
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Unread 12-26-2010, 06:10 AM   #10
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Excellent job - that saved you some bucks!
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Unread 12-26-2010, 06:22 AM   #11
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Looks like a job well done. Can't wait to make one myself...
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Awesome job! you will love your "easy smoke oven" !
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Good Job, can't wait to start seeing some good BBQ coming off.
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Nice Drum, and the handles rock!
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Beautiful build brother, looks great, wish I had your tool/skill set!
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