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11-15-2015, 09:45 PM
OK guys I have the uds I think I want,the uds kit from big poppa smokers what are some of yall experiences with it?

11-15-2015, 09:59 PM
I bought the kit and it worked real nice for me. The only change I would have done if I had to do it over. I would have only drilled out one vent hole on the bottom as I knew I was gonna always use the bbq guru.


11-15-2015, 10:07 PM
I've used mine for a while. I put in ball valve for when i used a guru but I don't use that anymore.

There are so many ways to cook with this and recently I added a hanging ring to use with it also. It's a fantastic cooker!

Let me dig out a good thread that has some good mods for you.


Here's a pic of my hanging ring that I used once now to hang 26 chicken quarters on. It only sits in without bolts and I take it out when not using it.

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11-16-2015, 09:28 AM
I think for what you spend on the kit you get a decent bang for your buck.

The charcoal basket could stand to be a little more hefty. I added a Weber charcoal grate to the bottom of mine. The slide dampers don't seal very well and need to be gasketed or silicone applied around the frame.

Its a good design and you can use it as a grill with the basket in the top position.

I've modified mine with a BBQ Guru Universal adapter between the two vents, a Hunsaker Smokers Vortex Firebasket and Exhaust stack Thermo, and remote probe grommets. It's pretty tight.

11-16-2015, 11:52 AM
I recently built one and I like it a lot. The parts are pretty decent and the price even up here in the Great North was still ok. Get the ask catcher for sure. Makes cleanup a lot easier.

Having used it a few times, here is what I think could be improved:

1) You install two sets of ubolts at different heights for the charcoal basket. One is for smoking and the other if you want to raise the charcoal basket closer to the cooking grate to grill. That second set of u-bolts can also recieve a cooking grate to increase your smoking capacity but becomes tricky as you are too close to the fire perhaps so might smoke a little too fast on that grate. To resolve this, I would add a 3rd set of u-blots in between the original two sets and put a heat diffuser there. So you would have charcoal basket --> diffuser ---> cooking grate 1 ----> cooking grate 2.

2) Even when I put disposable plates to collect the fat drippings, I still wind up with some of it on the bottoms of my barrel and then I have to tilt it over and pour it out. No biggies but a drain plus would be best.

3) The paper templates they provide you with for drilling the holes is a bit of a let down and tore as I was trying to drill so at some point I was guesstimating the exact location. Worked out well at the end but you know.... I would have prefered something a bit sturdier while making the holes but then again that could be due to my inexperience and not being as handy as some of the folks here.

11-17-2015, 02:56 PM
thanks guys for the info,there is a guy in town that builds them, i think this is the way to go.

11-17-2015, 03:16 PM
The kit is well worth the money, go for it!

I purchased the catch pan for the $20, removed logo so I could switch vents so the handles are in center. I also purchased the Weber hinged grate for cooking and will use the other grate for a catch pan. Oh, as mentioned....I did use food grade silicone on bottom vents and rope type gasket material on lid.

My first cook ended filling the bottom of the barrel with grease. So, foil the bottom of the barrel even with the catch pan!


11-17-2015, 05:01 PM
Just put together my first one and was impressed with the quality of the kit for the price. was very pleasantly surprised, it cooks great. In fact, a friend of mine took one look and "swiped" it from me so I need to put together another one...(: