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tlcpokertables
09-29-2013, 08:22 PM
Hi everyone,
Well, this weekend I broke in my UDS by smoking 6 fatties and 2 racks of ribs in one shot. Aside from the expected racks getting caked up with grease, I have a puddle of liquid fat & grease at the bottom of my UDS. So what's the best way to deal with this? I almost feel like drilling a drip hole at the bottom, but I'm afraid it will affect the "self extinguishing" function when I shut it down. Any input would be great!

aawa
09-29-2013, 08:26 PM
I dump some ash onto the fat and scoop it out with a dust pan with a long handle on it.

SmokinJohn
09-29-2013, 08:28 PM
^^^What he said

c farmer
09-29-2013, 08:28 PM
I put foil at the bottom.

A pan will be next. Then pull the pan out and clean the pan.

Fwismoker
09-29-2013, 08:35 PM
I have a ash pan built out of a drum lid in the bottom but occasionally i'll clean it out with this. http://www.harborfreight.com/propane-torch-91033.html

tlcpokertables
09-29-2013, 08:48 PM
How about saw dust?.....I do a fair amount of woodworking and have plenty of that :wink:

ChickenWang
09-29-2013, 10:08 PM
Just leave it.. it's flavor ! :biggrin:

jeffturnerjr
09-29-2013, 10:14 PM
^^^ yea boi!!!

ITBFQ
09-29-2013, 11:01 PM
Foil in the bottom would seem to be a good solution. I do exactly what aawa said, though.

woodbutcher1
09-29-2013, 11:27 PM
I installed a 1/2 " pet cock to drain whatever. grease ,condensation, Open it, tilt the drum when all is drained out, close the pet cock.:mod:

Richard_
10-26-2013, 01:33 AM
this is the best tool for cleaning out your UDS

http://www.petco.com/assets/product_images/8/800443035825C.jpg

Fishin4bass723
10-26-2013, 01:47 AM
^^^^ This is what I use... I have t be careful which one I grab, almost grabbed the wrong one once.:oops:

KC Transplant
10-26-2013, 02:04 AM
I bought a metal feed pan at Tractor Supply for 8 or 10 bucks and burned some charcoal in it to get rid of the coating and I put it in the bottom under my charcoal basket. I also use it to hold my charcoal chimney when I start the charcoal. Once the charcoal is ready I grab the pan with some welding gloves and put it in the bottom. Then put my charcoal basket in already loaded with unlit charcoal and wood chunks then pour my hot coals on top. The bottom of my UDS is clean and at the end of the cook I can just take the pan out the next day and dump it in the yard or compost bin.

DjPorkchop
10-26-2013, 02:15 AM
Hi everyone,
Well, this weekend I broke in my UDS by smoking 6 fatties and 2 racks of ribs in one shot. Aside from the expected racks getting caked up with grease, I have a puddle of liquid fat & grease at the bottom of my UDS. So what's the best way to deal with this? I almost feel like drilling a drip hole at the bottom, but I'm afraid it will affect the "self extinguishing" function when I shut it down. Any input would be great!


Took the words right out of my mouth!

I ran mine today for a 6 hour cook with almost an hour heat up due to circumstances beyond my control. I literally have probably 2 pints in the bottom of mine.

Appreciate the post. I got my answer by looking at your post.

Ray

ebijack
10-26-2013, 06:26 AM
I have a removable dust pan I take off for when I'm not using a drip pan ( just 2 small pieces of wire), and like mentioned, just use the ash, small broom/dust pan to swirl the ash around, sweep up in the pan and dump. After each cook, or you can end up with one heck of a lot of grease.
http://imageshack.us/a/img801/7378/i13r.jpg

biggin69
10-26-2013, 07:27 AM
I clean the bottom of my UDS with a shop vac after every couple of cooks. It works great.

93vpmod
10-26-2013, 07:35 AM
I just flame over any grease pools outside the charcoal basket with my weed burner!

SmokerKing
10-26-2013, 08:56 AM
I open the side fire box door, spray some ProForce oven, grill and fryer cleaner on the fat, rinse and dry.

Fwismoker
10-26-2013, 09:34 AM
http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee407/Amerivet/900x900px-LL-629758d1_d3962da0_catchpan_zpsaeea8906.jpeg (http://s1226.photobucket.com/user/Amerivet/media/900x900px-LL-629758d1_d3962da0_catchpan_zpsaeea8906.jpeg.html)

Spare lid, just cut off the outside ring and bend up the edges... I attached a ring on it to grab it and lift it out, it covers up most of the bottom so you don't get the mess.

Every once in a while i'll weed burn if there is an grease down there.

Jayblefty
10-26-2013, 11:02 AM
I did a Bacon Cheeseburger fatty (4lbs) and it left a Big puddle of grease in the bottom of my UDS. I left the lid off for a little longer than I should have when I was removing my fatty and the coals lit the grease up. Had a nice grease fire going for about half an hour. Took care of it. Got a bit of bubbling on some of the high temp paint at the bottom but didnt mess with my Eagles Stencil. Because the Eagles can handle the Heat!!! At least on a UDS, the football field is another story entirely....

shawnmcchesney12
10-26-2013, 12:42 PM
A 16 inch pizza pan is what I use in mine and it serves a double purpose as it works as a heat deflector and helps with the extra drippings that are not caught by my drip pan. I think it works wonderfully.

Maskirovka
10-27-2013, 03:21 AM
I've had my UDS for a little over a month now. Done 3 racks of ribs, a pork shoulder, a chuck roast, and 3 chickens so far. Pretty good puddle forming. Tonight I looked in before setting up for a brisket. Decided the puddle had to go. Method: Lift, tip, dump on ground. Seemed to work. :mrgreen:

chambersuac
10-27-2013, 04:13 AM
I have an ash catcher attached to the charcoal basket on both of my UDSs. now. On my old UDS, which didn't have anything to catch ashes/grease, i would simply take the basket and racks out and dump everything out.

I'm afraid that washing/rinsing will effect the seasoning of the smoker. Maybe not.

Tonybel
10-27-2013, 10:13 AM
I dump some ash onto the fat and scoop it out with a dust pan with a long handle on it.

When I had my uds that's what I did.