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jcinadr 09-16-2014 04:16 PM

It depends. During a normal cook, the outside of the drum will never get too hot to put your hand on. If it does, you've done something wrong...

When you do do something wrong (like leave the lid off when you are trying to get a fire lit - or if you leave the lid off too long when you are trying to smoke hot) - you can mess with the paint higher up on the sides.

I have stock paint, but it is slightly discolored from a mistake.

TexasRT 09-16-2014 05:03 PM

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Originally Posted by rtg (Post 3051141)
Just finished my UDS...Looking for a cover for it and am wondering what you guys suggest. Thanks Randy

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c89/rtg38/bbq2.jpg
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Lowes sells one that will cover about 3/4 of it, I use it on mine and it keeps all water out. I think it was about $9. Sorry can't remember the brand, but you will know it when you see the package.

SmokerKing 09-16-2014 05:57 PM

I'd suggest more or bigger exhaust holes in your lid

funugy 09-16-2014 06:47 PM

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Originally Posted by rtg (Post 3051141)
Just finished my UDS...Looking for a cover for it and am wondering what you guys suggest. Thanks Randy



http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c89/rtg38/bbq.jpg

I use this cheapy from HD. It is thin PVC, but has an elastic band and is long enough to cover the entire barrel and Weber lid.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Brinkmann...1?N=5yc1vZbxb0

TexasRT 09-16-2014 06:51 PM

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Originally Posted by funugy (Post 3053679)
I use this cheapy from HD. It is thin PVC, but has an elastic band and is long enough to cover the entire barrel and Weber lid.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Brinkmann...1?N=5yc1vZbxb0

That's it. I must have the medium sized one.

rtg 09-16-2014 07:39 PM

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Originally Posted by SmokerKing (Post 3053646)
I'd suggest more or bigger exhaust holes in your lid


Got it figured out the first cook. Even found a cover for the exhaust hole out of a fridge magnet i had...

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c89/rtg38/udslid.jpg

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rtg 09-16-2014 09:23 PM

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Originally Posted by TexasRT (Post 3053684)
That's it. I must have the medium sized one.


Cool I will pick one up:thumb:

rtg 09-19-2014 09:27 PM

Is it better to choke the exhaust or the air intake on these UDS when the temp is to hi to lower it?

bvbull200 09-19-2014 10:27 PM

Always start with the intake. Better to have more exhaust and less intake than more intake and less exhaust.

BBQDane 09-20-2014 03:04 AM

Hi rtg

I don't think you ever should choke the exhaust. Unless you want to kill the fire ofcourse :wink:

I allways have my exhaust all open, and I'm just adjusting the air intakes, to control my temp.

ebijack 09-20-2014 04:30 AM

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Originally Posted by rtg (Post 3056020)
Is it better to choke the exhaust or the air intake on these UDS when the temp is to hi to lower it?

If your wanting to drop from say 400 degrees to 250, shut the drum down with both intake and exhaust. If your drum is sealed pretty good it only takes 10 to 15 minutes at most to bring it down, reopen the exhaust and the intake to what you think it will need to get there. And adjust from there, exhaust full open unless you have one like mine where I need to adjust the exhaust for what temps I'm running. A 2 inch opening is a minimum for exhaust.

DMP 09-20-2014 01:48 PM

I have three 3/4" exhaust holes. Never had the need for more exhaust holes.

Have three 3/4" intakes and normally only need two open when cooking.



Have a 9 lb butt on it now. Started at 4:30 this morning. The UDS temp hasn't moved but 5 to 10 degrees all day. Amazing how well they hold a temp.

rtg 09-20-2014 08:21 PM

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Originally Posted by DMP (Post 3056276)
I have three 3/4" exhaust holes. Never had the need for more exhaust holes.

Have three 3/4" intakes and normally only need two open when cooking.



Have a 9 lb butt on it now. Started at 4:30 this morning. The UDS temp hasn't moved but 5 to 10 degrees all day. Amazing how well they hold a temp.


I am truly amazed at the flavor and the speed of the Q that comes off the UDS...It is my and my wife's favorite smoker over our others Pellet and Propane and charcoal. :thumb:

TXLX 09-21-2014 08:03 PM

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Is anyone grilling on their UDS? I've read a couple of places about it, but haven't seen any photos. I just built a new fire basket and I started thinking about how I could grill on my UDS. I set the fire basket on the bottom grate and set the top grate on top of the fire basket. I can't put the lid on at this height, but it looks like I'll just have to add some bolts so I can lower my bottom grate as needed. Or get a cheap kettle lid if I can find one.

Another thought I had is that I can flip my fire basket over and get the coals very close to the grate if needed. The fire grate sits about 4.5" from the bottom of the basket right now.

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ebijack 09-21-2014 08:12 PM

A 17 inch grate with 3 to 4 inch high sides to keep the coals.
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