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CoveLife
05-15-2011, 10:43 PM
Well, here my "Sort of UDS" Smoker, its made of drums, and its ugly, but its different..

Found a guy here locally who makes these, and at a really good price so i grabbed one up. Overall i'm impressed with the build quality, and got to try her for the first time today.

Everything worked great, i think i will have to make a modification to the firebox, i had to struggle a bit to get up to temp, it wanted to settle in at 200, which of course is a little low. Maybe i need to add another vent, that is adjustable?

Anyways heres the pics!

http://i182.photobucket.com/albums/x251/eurospec1/smoker2.jpg

http://i182.photobucket.com/albums/x251/eurospec1/smoker1.jpg

SteelHorses
05-15-2011, 10:47 PM
Nothing wrong with it by my eyes!!:clap2:

Capozzoli
05-15-2011, 10:53 PM
Very nice!

I made a smoker out of a double drum stove.

http://i291.photobucket.com/albums/ll294/capozzoli_2008/DSC00542.jpg

Even with all of the intakes open I still can only get it to around 240-250 and thats with a raging coal bed and fire.

I think it is cause the metal is thin on drums and does not conduct much heat.

I was thinking of welding in some plates between the drums to try and conduct more heat to the top drum.

What modifications are you thinking?

Skidder
05-15-2011, 10:58 PM
A horizontal UDS. Seen a few over the years but yours is very nice. Great work.

CoveLife
05-15-2011, 11:13 PM
Not sure what mods im gonna do yet, will probably make a charcoal basket first and see what that gets me, and seal up the main chamber a bit with some oven seal, will be a good start anyways

LT72884
05-15-2011, 11:16 PM
i like that alot. Do you use charcoal or wood as the heat source?

thansk

45fan
05-15-2011, 11:23 PM
Looks good! Look forward to hearing how it works for you!

CoveLife
05-15-2011, 11:23 PM
i like that alot. Do you use charcoal or wood as the heat source?

thansk

Today i used some cheap lump, all i had around, gonna experiment to see what works best i suppose

El Ropo
05-15-2011, 11:46 PM
Looks great!

However, if I were building it, the exhaust would be mounted in the side of drum, just above cooking grate level. Can't see any more than that from the one pic. Some sort of diffuser from firebox to cooking chamber would be a good thing too.

It's too clean for sure, toss some meat on there and get busy!

Forgot to mention that if might help to add a couple inches in height to the exhaust. I'm no offset master by far, but have read lots of build topics on various forums, and I didn't even have to stay at the Holiday Inn :P.

CoveLife
05-16-2011, 09:24 AM
Looks great!

However, if I were building it, the exhaust would be mounted in the side of drum, just above cooking grate level. Can't see any more than that from the one pic. Some sort of diffuser from firebox to cooking chamber would be a good thing too.

It's too clean for sure, toss some meat on there and get busy!

Forgot to mention that if might help to add a couple inches in height to the exhaust. I'm no offset master by far, but have read lots of build topics on various forums, and I didn't even have to stay at the Holiday Inn :P.

Too clean is right! Will work on solving that problem :thumb:

Johnny_Crunch
05-16-2011, 09:32 AM
Nice looking cooker! :thumb:

Phubar
05-16-2011, 09:44 AM
Sweet!
Do you have a pic of the air intake?

SmokinAussie
05-16-2011, 09:45 AM
Nothing wrong with that Smoker! Hope to see some nice BBQ come off it!

Cheers!

Bill

CoveLife
05-16-2011, 11:51 AM
Sweet!
Do you have a pic of the air intake?

Will get one today

CoveLife
05-16-2011, 03:10 PM
Here are pics of the air intake and inside of fire box, you can see one hole in the bottom of the box, there are 3 of these. I realized today when i cleaned it that ash had plugged those holes, so i'm thinking i need to make a charcoal basket that sits up off the floor a bit with something to catch the ashes, anyone have any suggestions? The air intake on the side seems to be a 2 inch pipe

http://i182.photobucket.com/albums/x251/eurospec1/smoker005.jpg
http://i182.photobucket.com/albums/x251/eurospec1/smoker007.jpg
http://i182.photobucket.com/albums/x251/eurospec1/smoker008.jpg

Rick T
05-16-2011, 03:25 PM
Hey, I was thinking of one just like that after all my other projects. That is very nice. How's she work?

Phubar
05-16-2011, 03:26 PM
Thanks for the pics.
I'm not sure but I think you need another intake like that for higher temps.

CoveLife
05-16-2011, 04:25 PM
Hey, I was thinking of one just like that after all my other projects. That is very nice. How's she work?

So far im lovin it, need some time to get used to it and a charcoal basket and i think she will be perfect

dadsr4
05-16-2011, 07:45 PM
Here is a link to something similar from instructables.
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-build-a-barrel-smoker/
There is also a MUCH more ambitious smoker there.
http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Wild-Pig-Smoker/

dadsr4
05-18-2011, 02:42 PM
Forgot the photos
barrel smoker
http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa345/dadsr4/barrelsmoker.jpg
Wild Pig Smoker

http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa345/dadsr4/WildPigSmoker.jpg