View Full Version : Wooohoooo, first real post

Ken V
04-15-2008, 11:41 PM
Thanks to all the guys that welcomed me at the cattle call. I have a couple questions about the UDS.
I built my first last Friday, super easy to make and thought no way this thing is gonna work. I had a 55 gal. drum the wife got me from her work, drilled 3 1" holes in the bottom and brazed in 3" 3/4" black pipe nipples, one got a cap and the other 2 got ball valves, mounted my thermometer, drilled 8 1/2"holes in the lid, mounted my bottle opener above and to the right of thermometer, put in the bolts in to hold the cooking grate and put the charcoal ring that I made at work in. Saturday I put in about 8# of charcoal and got it dialed in pretty quick to about 240, played with it thruout the day, up...down, just to see what it would do. Lit it off at about 9a.m. and by 10:30 that night when we got back it was still at about 180.
Sunday morning I figured I was ready to try it out, I had put a rub on a bone in pork butt on Sat. night and had it on the UDS by 8:30 Sunday morning. I did flip this one at about 2 hours in and spritzed it down with apple and oil about twice more before it was up to about 195 by 4:30. That was the best pulled pork I have had in a long time. I am sold on the UDS. I did make one modification, on the bottom of the drum between my 2 ball valves I drilled out and brazed in a 1" to 3/4" bushing with a plug in it. This is so I dont have to kick it or bang it around to move the ashes, I can pop out the plug and stick a piece of 3/16" stainless rod and knock the ashes out of the way when they get too high. I wish I new how to post pics, especially of my charcoal ring....it really turned out nice.
Sorry I am rambling but this thing has me stoked. I already have a second one almost done and am thinking of trying this one with a stack instead of the 8 1/2" holes in the lid.
Now for my questions, how and how often do you clean your UDS?
Next is, I am thinking of smoking a turkey on this thing and wanted to get some advice from the more experienced on how to go about this on the UDS.

Thanks again for the help and look forward to learning and hopefully adding to the forum.


BBQ Grail
04-15-2008, 11:44 PM
Wow, that's quite the first post. Sounds as though you are on your way to getting hooked.

As far as cleaning. I clean the grills after every use and clean the ash out too. That's about it.

BTW, the only thing that would have made your first post better was your first picture.

04-15-2008, 11:45 PM
I clean mine out when the ashes effect the temps. I use lump so it can go for while.

04-15-2008, 11:56 PM
Grats Ken!

Sounds like you you had a great success! You got me stoked to hurry and finish my UDS! I got farking company coming to stay with us so I gotta wait.:mad:

04-16-2008, 12:21 AM
Congrats on the new cooker, as for the turkey, go check out the "roadmap" at the top of the board. It has all you could want to know about turkey...

04-16-2008, 01:23 AM
I don't know, no pics means it did not happen and ain't been built.
Welcome to the drumhead fraternity. Don't you just love em'???
I usually just pick up my drum off the stand and clean it after every cook, but the last two cooks have been ribs and not wanting to run short on charcoal I had plenty left over and I did not mess with cleaning. I got two cooks with no problem.

As for pics, I use the Additional Options below this message box. First I export the pics from Iphoto to my desktop then click on Manage Attachments, click on the top Choose file button that gives me my desktop items and I click on the pic I want and upload it. I wish I could figure out how to get text between the pics, but someday.

04-16-2008, 02:13 PM
One thing you will learn around here, No pics, didn't happen! I just built my UDS two weeks ago and they are everything that people say they are.

Post some pics!


04-16-2008, 02:18 PM
Congrat's I think.... No pictures, it didn't happen....

04-16-2008, 04:47 PM
Since it's your first real post i think we can look the other way on the no picture rule. But only this one time.

Congrats on the inaugural UDS cook!

Here is a good reference on posting pictures.


04-16-2008, 05:22 PM
Congratulations on your DrumPit build and get ready for DrumHead Nirvana:-D

Ken V
04-16-2008, 07:42 PM
I will figure out how to post pics...all you naysayers:biggrin:

04-16-2008, 07:43 PM
Nope.. I disagree....even though it was a great first post...no pics....didn't happen:biggrin::biggrin:

04-16-2008, 09:14 PM
add 1 more to the drum heads club. You guys are going to make me have to build 1 if i hear much more of this.

04-16-2008, 09:57 PM
welcome to the wonderful world of the drumhead. congrats. and enjoy.:-D:cool:

04-17-2008, 01:30 AM
whoa we got a moderater that wants to look the other way?????