View Full Version : First time lighting the uds and seasoning

03-08-2015, 03:21 PM
So today is the big day

started the uds at 14:00

sarted with 1/2 of the charkole basket full of briquettes and lump
and threw in a few chunks of oak
started my starter chimney with about 15 coles
and dumpt it in the middle

so here we go

hooked up my home made pid controller with the fan and pressed at so it would start to learn how to controll this puppy


tempreture was set at 250 celcius 482 F
i will tell this all in f for you guys but i work in c here :)

and it hit this temperature in about 30 minutes but becouse the pid was lerning it didded stop on the way up but on the 482 mark
so temp shot past the 482 F to 600 F
and it took a good 15 minutes to come back down
did the same thing about 5 times with better and better temps and after 2 ours it sat around 482 F constant min of 473 F and max of 491 F

so i let it do this for another 2 ours
i wanted it to be hot in the beginning to clean the fish oil that used to be in the barrel out
i cleaned the bartrel manny times but you could still smell the fish :crazy:

after that at about 18:00 i set the temp for 248 F
it took to long for the temp to drop and my coles whent out so i opend her up and threw in one lighting cube to start her back up and it took the flame willingly
becouse the lid was open for some time during this the temp was all the way down but after i got her running again it was fast to go up again and i had her at 248 in 20 minutes
it needed another 20 minutes to get steady at that temp
by now it was dark :)


inside of the barrel was sprayed with oil and its really starting to get some coulor to it but i think thats a good thing :)
its really baked in there to no scraching this off with youre nails

tomorrow will be the first cook on it im gonna let it burn all night long see if it makes the morning

thanks for reading


03-08-2015, 03:24 PM
Looks great!

Big George's BBQ
03-08-2015, 03:31 PM
Looking good Looking forward to your first cook

Blythewood BBQ'er
03-08-2015, 04:13 PM
Pretty drum! Can't wait to see the first cook!

03-08-2015, 06:44 PM
Had to open it up to see wast gooing on inside
Inside looks made of gold really Nice

You can see the original collour on the rim because it fals airtight in the seal

On a Side note
This Thing is air tight lock it up and it will put out the coles in minutes
If the fan is on and i cover the chimney it will pressurise the uds to the point of bulging the lid but no leaks anywhere


Can't wait to start cooking on this baby

03-08-2015, 11:59 PM
Good looking drum! You did a nice job!

03-09-2015, 02:27 AM
Nice looking drum and PID. Good luck on your maiden cook.

03-09-2015, 04:02 AM
That is one pretty UDS.