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savageford
03-10-2013, 07:00 PM
Hello,
This is my first build. My brother and I decided to get two drums and go for it. Please have a look and comments are appreciated.

open head drum (new unlined)
1" NPT Inlet
new weber grill
and a lot of trips to HD
3 weber racks (one was from grill)

Total cost $350 give or take :shocked:

I know I could have done it cheaper if I had sourced my parts better and taken more time but I wanted it done and that's what it cost me.

I think I messed up on the ash pan it's only 16" we will have to wait and see.

The only thing left to do now is disassemble it, burn it, and paint it.

Thanks for looking,
Dan


http://i530.photobucket.com/albums/dd345/savageford/Facebook/Project%20UDS%20%20Upright%20Drum%20Smoker%20aka%2 0Ugly%20Drum%20Sm/882093_4452707357671_1970003898_o.jpg

http://i530.photobucket.com/albums/dd345/savageford/Facebook/Project%20UDS%20%20Upright%20Drum%20Smoker%20aka%2 0Ugly%20Drum%20Sm/885184_4452704557601_385835432_o.jpg


http://i530.photobucket.com/albums/dd345/savageford/Facebook/Project%20UDS%20%20Upright%20Drum%20Smoker%20aka%2 0Ugly%20Drum%20Sm/883076_4454557403921_272805979_o.jpg
(http://i530.photobucket.com/albums/dd345/savageford/Facebook/Project%20UDS%20%20Upright%20Drum%20Smoker%20aka%2 0Ugly%20Drum%20Sm/885184_4452704557601_385835432_o.jpg)

Budman1
03-10-2013, 08:01 PM
Looks good! Love the help too..great getting the kids interested.

HeSmellsLikeSmoke
03-10-2013, 08:13 PM
What do you find is the advantage of building the UDS and then disassembling it prior to burning out and painting it?

Garrett
03-10-2013, 08:24 PM
Keep the pics coming of the finished product. Nice helper you got there too.

morgaj1
03-10-2013, 08:25 PM
Looking Good!!!

Oldbob
03-10-2013, 08:46 PM
Looks Great !!

popeye
03-10-2013, 08:47 PM
Looks good! Love the help too..great getting the kids interested.
yes by all means get the kids into it .. they are the next generation of q,ers. there is nobody warming up in the bull pin . Nice pics . want to bild me one

ClintHTX
03-10-2013, 09:04 PM
Awesome drum!

HookedOnQ
03-10-2013, 10:10 PM
Looking good

savageford
03-10-2013, 10:27 PM
What do you find is the advantage of building the UDS and then disassembling it prior to burning out and painting it?

After I burn it my thoughts were that with the risers and handles off, it will be easier to clean and prep the barrel for paint.

HeSmellsLikeSmoke
03-10-2013, 10:33 PM
After I burn it my thoughts were that with the risers and handles off, it will be easier to clean and prep the barrel for paint.

The intent of my question was to ask why not burn it out before you build it. Seems like duplicate work.

savageford
03-10-2013, 10:41 PM
The intent of my question is why not burn it out before you build any of it but the intake holes? Seems like duplicate work.

We probably should have done that first but we were excited and wanted to get right into the build.

HeSmellsLikeSmoke
03-10-2013, 10:46 PM
We probably should have done that first but we were excited and wanted to get right into the build.

Great answer :thumb: I was just as excited.

scummybear
03-10-2013, 11:23 PM
Looks great from here. :thumbup::beer::thumbup:

savageford
03-16-2013, 08:34 PM
Now it's an ugly drum!! Next clean and paint.http://i530.photobucket.com/albums/dd345/savageford/IMAG0195.jpg

Budman1
03-16-2013, 08:57 PM
Got one going as I type. Built a Mini-UDS yesterday, burned it today, scrubed it w/ soap and water and seasoning it right now. Got a pastrami all rubbed up in the fridge for tomorrow. Good luck with yours!
http://i464.photobucket.com/albums/rr3/budman3890/100_4275.jpg
http://i464.photobucket.com/albums/rr3/budman3890/100_4276.jpg

savageford
03-16-2013, 09:08 PM
Got one going as I type. Built a Mini-UDS yesterday, burned it today, scrubed it w/ soap and water and seasoning it right now. Got a pastrami all rubbed up in the fridge for tomorrow. Good luck with yours!
http://i464.photobucket.com/albums/rr3/budman3890/100_4275.jpg
http://i464.photobucket.com/albums/rr3/budman3890/100_4276.jpg

Cool, building this has been a lot of fun. I hope to get it done tomorrow. I think a mini is in order for me too. Good luck with that pastrami and don't forget the pics.

Budman1
03-16-2013, 09:25 PM
I just got into this myself a little while ago, I'm addicted. When the weather finally breaks up here in the North, I'll give'em both a paint job. Thanks to this site for the mountains of info. Whomever invented the UDS, you should have a statue right in front of Obama.:-D

creekwalker
03-17-2013, 12:16 AM
Budman, out of curiosity is that mini (which looks pretty to me) a 15 gallon drum? How tall is the barrel itself?

savageford
03-18-2013, 09:00 PM
Finally done!! Only thing left to do is season it and get something to cook on it :grin:

http://i530.photobucket.com/albums/dd345/savageford/Facebook/Project%20UDS%20%20Upright%20Drum%20Smoker%20aka%2 0Ugly%20Drum%20Sm/ace4c0d43c9114bcf66959acf992174b.jpg

http://i530.photobucket.com/albums/dd345/savageford/Facebook/Project%20UDS%20%20Upright%20Drum%20Smoker%20aka%2 0Ugly%20Drum%20Sm/014d74050429836335b3f12d97fd65c9.jpg

http://i530.photobucket.com/albums/dd345/savageford/Facebook/Project%20UDS%20%20Upright%20Drum%20Smoker%20aka%2 0Ugly%20Drum%20Sm/96b7575e9d846173f652d88c42b2c506.jpg

http://i530.photobucket.com/albums/dd345/savageford/Facebook/Project%20UDS%20%20Upright%20Drum%20Smoker%20aka%2 0Ugly%20Drum%20Sm/87b9cac86ad9a0f617248b580424a470.jpg

http://i530.photobucket.com/albums/dd345/savageford/Facebook/Project%20UDS%20%20Upright%20Drum%20Smoker%20aka%2 0Ugly%20Drum%20Sm/9768e88d1433a376811934bd16d3ad98.jpg

http://i530.photobucket.com/albums/dd345/savageford/Facebook/Project%20UDS%20%20Upright%20Drum%20Smoker%20aka%2 0Ugly%20Drum%20Sm/cdf60d7081b0559f3f0d7af7462d6838.jpg

http://i530.photobucket.com/albums/dd345/savageford/Facebook/Project%20UDS%20%20Upright%20Drum%20Smoker%20aka%2 0Ugly%20Drum%20Sm/eab431634a87846958d7dc0f2cfc9960.jpg

Carbon
03-18-2013, 09:22 PM
Very nice build!!

savageford
03-18-2013, 09:43 PM
I want to thank everyone on this site for making to possible :biggrin1:

davefan360
03-18-2013, 09:48 PM
looks like big black. My first drum that I built and sold to help fund my trailer build. Miss you big black. You will love your new drum. whats the first cook going to be?

savageford
03-18-2013, 09:56 PM
looks like big black. My first drum that I built and sold to help fund my trailer build. Miss you big black. You will love your new drum. whats the first cook going to be?

I think during the seasoning I am going to throw on a fatty (something else I learned about here) I hate to waste the charcoal, and then the this weekend I plan on doing some BB's

savageford
03-20-2013, 11:24 PM
I could not wait any longer!! I lit up the kb and let her go for an hour and threw on some legs and thighs.

http://i530.photobucket.com/albums/dd345/savageford/Facebook/Project%20UDS%20%20Upright%20Drum%20Smoker%20aka%2 0Ugly%20Drum%20Sm/IMAG0212.jpg (http://i530.photobucket.com/albums/dd345/savageford/Facebook/Project%20UDS%20%20Upright%20Drum%20Smoker%20aka%2 0Ugly%20Drum%20Sm/IMAG0212.jpg)

http://i530.photobucket.com/albums/dd345/savageford/Facebook/Project%20UDS%20%20Upright%20Drum%20Smoker%20aka%2 0Ugly%20Drum%20Sm/IMAG0215.jpg

http://i530.photobucket.com/albums/dd345/savageford/Facebook/Project%20UDS%20%20Upright%20Drum%20Smoker%20aka%2 0Ugly%20Drum%20Sm/IMAG0217.jpg

I put the chicken on too soon at around 275 then bumped it up to 350+ for about an hour and a half. It tasted great but the skin was too chewy, very juicy though live and learn.

Overall I am very impressed with the UDS it came up to temp quick even in 30 degree temps and it responded very well to inlet adjustments.

bigabyte
03-20-2013, 11:27 PM
Looks great!:clap::hungry:

Oldbob
03-20-2013, 11:28 PM
Great Lookin drum and Cook !! :thumb:

triplezip
03-20-2013, 11:35 PM
Nice job on the UDS build, kid... And good to see you let your dad help out! :pound:

savageford
03-21-2013, 09:15 PM
I fired up the drum around 7:30 pm to do my season burn and cook some chicken. I went out around 11:30 and cleaned up the grate and just left one valve barley cracked just to see what it would do overnight. At 6:30 am I came out to leave for work and checked on the temp it was at 230. When I came home for lunch at noon it was down to 190 so I opened up the lid to look in and was surprised to see some coal still left in the basket. I opened up both valves wide open and by 1 it was back up to 250. My wife came home at 4 and it was down to 190. I am still amazed at the temp this thing held!

http://i530.photobucket.com/albums/dd345/savageford/Facebook/Project%20UDS%20%20Upright%20Drum%20Smoker%20aka%2 0Ugly%20Drum%20Sm/IMAG0222.jpg

http://i530.photobucket.com/albums/dd345/savageford/Facebook/Project%20UDS%20%20Upright%20Drum%20Smoker%20aka%2 0Ugly%20Drum%20Sm/IMAG0223.jpg

http://i530.photobucket.com/albums/dd345/savageford/Facebook/Project%20UDS%20%20Upright%20Drum%20Smoker%20aka%2 0Ugly%20Drum%20Sm/IMAG0227.jpg

cowgirl
03-21-2013, 09:23 PM
Great looking drum! Your chicken looks tasty too.

Neonnblack
03-22-2013, 12:14 AM
Consider your rack adjustment/shelving part idea stolen.

Chief_USN
03-22-2013, 10:36 AM
Consider your rack adjustment/shelving part idea stolen.

Same here. Just got back from Lowe's with the supplies. Awesome idea. Thanks.

Chad

Yleekyoti
03-22-2013, 12:40 PM
Ok...did I miss something? Cant tell what adjustable part you speak of and I wants one .LOL

savageford
03-22-2013, 01:30 PM
Same here. Just got back from Lowe's with the supplies. Awesome idea. Thanks.

Chad

I can't take the credit for this guys, I saw it on here first. Actually I was not even planning using that. I had bought all the ss hardware and when my brother and i were working on it he was like hey I have this shelving stuff here and I was like heck ya I remember seing that being used let's do it.

I will post some better shots of the brackets later.

savageford
03-22-2013, 05:59 PM
Ok...did I miss something? Cant tell what adjustable part you speak of and I wants one .LOL

Here is a shot of the shelf bracket used 3 pieces. We only ran it down to the top of the fire basket, no need to really go much lower.


http://i530.photobucket.com/albums/dd345/savageford/Facebook/Project%20UDS%20%20Upright%20Drum%20Smoker%20aka%2 0Ugly%20Drum%20Sm/eab431634a87846958d7dc0f2cfc9960.jpg

http://i530.photobucket.com/albums/dd345/savageford/Facebook/Project%20UDS%20%20Upright%20Drum%20Smoker%20aka%2 0Ugly%20Drum%20Sm/87b9cac86ad9a0f617248b580424a470.jpg

Chief_USN
03-22-2013, 07:11 PM
Here's a little more detail. I did this today. Thanks again for the idea.

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/content/type/61/id/209452/width/350/height/700 (http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/content/type/61/id/209452/)
I went to Lowe's and got some adjustable shelf hardware from the closet section.

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/content/type/61/id/209457/width/350/height/700 (http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/content/type/61/id/209457/)
I trimmed the shelf rails down to 18" and made 3 of them. I then tack welded them in the drum.

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/content/type/61/id/209458/width/350/height/700 (http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/content/type/61/id/209458/)
The stock shelf supports were to long so I trimmed them down as well to 2" from the rail slots.

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/content/type/61/id/209459/width/350/height/700 (http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/content/type/61/id/209459/)
Here is one rail and support complete.

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/content/type/61/id/209460/width/350/height/700 (http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/content/type/61/id/209460/)
All three in place with the rack at the top most level.

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/content/type/61/id/209461/width/350/height/700 (http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/content/type/61/id/209461/)
Decided to do the same thing down lower if I want to use a water bowl (ECB bowl pictured), or even a diffuser. Supports are 4.5" long with a little notch cut in the tip to keep the bowl from sliding around and falling of the supports.

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/content/type/61/id/209462/width/350/height/700 (http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/content/type/61/id/209462/)
All together ready for meat. Again, awesome idea and I think it will be the new standard for UDS builds. At least all my future builds will have it. I can't say thank you enough.

Chad

Yleekyoti
03-22-2013, 07:23 PM
Ok ..my bad..I was looking at the grate not through it..didnt see the shelf rail..thats a very good idea...thanks for the pics

Budman1
03-22-2013, 07:24 PM
Budman, out of curiosity is that mini (which looks pretty to me) a 15 gallon drum? How tall is the barrel itself?

Sorry for the delay, been busy at work, the mini is 26 1/2" tall and whatever diameter, roughly 14", Weber smokey joe parts fit almost perfect. - grate, lid..I did a pastrami last Saturday on it, I really like it for smaller smokes.

creekwalker
03-22-2013, 08:00 PM
Thanks, Budman! It sounds like that would be high enough to be used for low temp direct heat smoking.

Budman1
03-22-2013, 08:08 PM
Thanks, Budman! It sounds like that would be high enough to be used for low temp direct heat smoking.

Definitely, I did the pastrami direct, no deflector, turned out great. Reuben's made with pastrami ....mmmmmm......

savageford
03-22-2013, 10:47 PM
Here's a little more detail. I did this today. Thanks again for the idea.

I went to Lowe's and got some adjustable shelf hardware from the closet section.

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/content/type/61/id/209457/width/350/height/700 (http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/content/type/61/id/209457/)
I trimmed the shelf rails down to 18" and made 3 of them. I then tack welded them in the drum.
All together ready for meat. Again, awesome idea and I think it will be the new standard for UDS builds. At least all my future builds will have it. I can't say thank you enough.

Chad

Thanks for posting more details, I'm glad this thread was inspiring. Get that drum a smokin!!

Deeg
03-23-2013, 02:02 PM
I love the idea of the adjustable shelf rails. Very smart! My only concern is how much gunk gets on them after 20 or 30 smokes. I wonder how adjustable they'll be after that? If that turns out to be OK I will probably steal the idea for the UDS I'm currently building.