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BadHorsieBBQ 03-08-2010 10:11 PM

I say build them the way you want to and use em. It is your choice in how you construct it. The blue print is here. Use as you wish. Simple!!

Skidder 03-09-2010 06:09 AM

I also agree with built it anyway you like......but......don't come around complaining when it doesn't work the way YOU thought it would. Myself I've built a couple and all were the K.I.S.S. method and they all worked flawlessly. Then I decided to step out of the box and change things up and had trouble controlling the temps. I've fixed it since then but I knew beforehand things might not go the way I thought they would and they didn't. But your right it's your build so go for it someone has to. You never know a little thing could be a big improvement for us all to share.

Rodney 03-09-2010 08:56 AM

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Originally Posted by Skidder (Post 1209397)
I also agree with built it anyway you like......but......don't come around complaining when it doesn't work the way YOU thought it would. Myself I've built a couple and all were the K.I.S.S. method and they all worked flawlessly. Then I decided to step out of the box and change things up and had trouble controlling the temps. I've fixed it since then but I knew beforehand things might not go the way I thought they would and they didn't. But your right it's your build so go for it someone has to. You never know a little thing could be a big improvement for us all to share.

I see what you mean about complaining, but at the same time, I'd love to hear about what *doesn't* work just as much as what *does*. I get the feeling, in this case, people are more likely to tell the group what works well and don't speak up as readily when they run across something that doesn't.

That said, I too would be irritated by a post that went something like "The UDS is a piece of crap. I put seven 1/4" intakes on it... SEVEN... and it still wouldn't get up to temp. I'm gonna go buy a real smoker!" :lol:

-r

BadHorsieBBQ 03-09-2010 12:08 PM

There is really not much to tell about mine. I used the K.I.S.S. method because I need it to work right out of the hole. I did not have the time nor the want to guinea pig it up. It has preformed as expected so far.

Skidder 03-09-2010 12:14 PM

If I were just starting out wanting to build a UDS I would definetly do the K.I.S.S. on my first one then you have a proven rig to smoke on. Then experiment all you want on your second one. That way you can always go back to your proven one till you get the bugs worked out like I did.

chikenskin 03-09-2010 12:21 PM

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I found a source for recycled stainless drums here locally so I sold my steel UDS on craigslist and built me a new stainless version last weekend.
It looks like a tin can with the label peeled off.
I did a 5 1/2 lb. shoulder for the first cook. It came out real well.
Now I just need to find me a dome lid for it.

Rodney 03-09-2010 12:31 PM

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Originally Posted by chikenskin (Post 1209722)
I found a source for recycled stainless drums here locally so I sold my steel UDS on craigslist and built me a new stainless version last weekend.
It looks like a tin can with the label peeled off.
I did a 5 1/2 lb. shoulder for the first cook. It came out real well.
Now I just need to find me a dome lid for it.

Looks great!

BadHorsieBBQ 03-09-2010 01:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chikenskin (Post 1209722)
I found a source for recycled stainless drums here locally so I sold my steel UDS on craigslist and built me a new stainless version last weekend.
It looks like a tin can with the label peeled off.
I did a 5 1/2 lb. shoulder for the first cook. It came out real well.
Now I just need to find me a dome lid for it.

I like it.

MushCreek 03-09-2010 04:23 PM

These nice folks: http://www.arcticproducts.com/ssgrills.htm will sell you a SS lid if you call them- that's what Paul B and I use on ours. It's exactly the same size as a Weber lid, so measure your drum to see if it will fit.

Paul B 03-09-2010 08:03 PM

Ya beat me to it Mush................

My ss drum must be a tad larger than a weber grill because a weber lid won't fit mine. I had to take a hammer to my brand new ss domed lid(yikes!!) to get it to fit and then had to add an additional mod to keep it on.
http://i829.photobucket.com/albums/z...2/DSCF5287.jpg

http://i829.photobucket.com/albums/z...DSCF5292-1.jpg
http://i829.photobucket.com/albums/z...2/DSCF5288.jpg
And shameless plug........

http://i829.photobucket.com/albums/z...DSCF5295-1.jpg
Hope that gives you something to chew on.....

Paul B
SS UDS

Gotta Love It 03-09-2010 08:33 PM

Wow--that's definitely not an UGLY drum smoker! Very beautiful in fact. I'm gonna be keeping my eyes open for a stainless drum.

Still no ill effects from my "Epoxy Phenolic Chicken" btw and I have eaten it four different times since Sunday evening...

Rodney 03-09-2010 09:40 PM

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Originally Posted by Gotta Love It (Post 1210180)
Wow--that's definitely not an UGLY drum smoker! Very beautiful in fact. I'm gonna be keeping my eyes open for a stainless drum.

Still no ill effects from my "Epoxy Phenolic Chicken" btw and I have eaten it four different times since Sunday evening...

I'll be watchin' closely for typos, which I'll quickly interpret as evidence of brain damage. :wink:

TXAGGIE10 03-10-2010 01:05 PM

:-DI just picked up my drum last night. It was a closed drum, so I'm going to have to find a lid, or get a Weber. I think it's gonna work out. The drum was better than I thought. Brand new, never used, for free!

http://inlinethumb54.webshots.com/44...600x600Q85.jpg

http://inlinethumb59.webshots.com/44...600x600Q85.jpg

HeSmellsLikeSmoke 03-10-2010 01:48 PM

Now that is a great score. Congratulations.

TXAGGIE10 03-10-2010 02:56 PM

With it being a new drum, would I still need to "burn" the drum before cooking?


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