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bigabyte 01-07-2008 01:18 PM

I'm sorry if this is a dumb question, but I need to know. The intake on these UDS smokers is always set up from the bottom of the smoker. Now, since hot air rises and cold air sinks, then what is the point of this? The hot air should rise and go out of the exhaust pipes on the lid, and this would draw in air from the intake right? Why does the intake have to be moved up?

This may have been asked before, but this thread is f'in HUGE and it is not THAT nagging to me to read through every post to find out.

Smokin Gator 01-07-2008 01:34 PM

My take on it is that if they were right on the bottom the fallen ash could block the intake on a longer cook. On mine though the 4 pipe nipples hold the fire grate so they have to be off of the bottom so there is room for the ash to fall.

N8man 01-07-2008 01:36 PM

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Originally Posted by bigabyte (Post 531663)
I'm sorry if this is a dumb question, but I need to know. The intake on these UDS smokers is always set up from the bottom of the smoker. Now, since hot air rises and cold air sinks, then what is the point of this? The hot air should rise and go out of the exhaust pipes on the lid, and this would draw in air from the intake right? Why does the intake have to be moved up?

This may have been asked before, but this thread is f'in HUGE and it is not THAT nagging to me to read through every post to find out.

Chris, I set mine up with the extended vertical air intake because I'm 6'6" and bending over to tend the air intake would be a real PIA! My build was inspired by a video I had saw about Snail and his DrumSmokers in which he had a single vertical air intake and a single exhaust. And I had a Viola moment....Or are we talking about placement of the horizontal intake at the bottom of the drum?

bigabyte 01-07-2008 01:38 PM

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Originally Posted by N8man (Post 531676)
Chris, I set mine up with the extended air intake because I'm 6'6" and bending over to tend the air intake would be a real PIA! My build was inspired by a video I had saw about Snail and his DrumSmokers in which he had a single vertical air intake and a single exhaust. And I had a Viola moment....

Aha! Now THAT makes SENSE! Suddenly it has gone from a quirky thing I didn't understand, to something BRILLIANT!

Norcoredneck 01-07-2008 03:31 PM

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Originally Posted by N8man (Post 531661)
My pipes are flush with the inside wall of the drum, but some have extended the pipe so that the charcoal basket can rest on top. Mine burns fairly well as is but your mileage may vary:grin:

My take on this is the more you have inside the harder it is to clean out. The ash and grease build up and has to be scraped from time to time.

Wyatt 01-07-2008 06:55 PM

Me and my dad might be making an ugly drum smoker this year.

N8man 01-07-2008 07:05 PM

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Originally Posted by Wyatt (Post 531922)
Me and my dad might be making an ugly drum smoker this year.

Wyatt, you make sure to do the Design Work and let your Dad do the Grunt work!!!:-D

Artfuldodger 01-08-2008 11:33 AM

What about the original rubber seal/gasket in the drum's lid? Does it need to be removed?

Mark 01-08-2008 11:48 AM

You don't need it Art. And unless you can idefinately dentify what kind of rubber it is (and its silicone) you don't want it.

CajunSmoker 01-08-2008 04:02 PM

I finally got me a drum and have started on my build:cool:. I am trying to use as many parts off my cookers that I already have as possible. I'm wondering if anyone has tried using the charcoal pan out of a Brinkman Gourmet ECB? It will hold 15#'s of charcoal and the deminsions are within the range of what I've seen you guys make. I'm just wondering about the airflow.:confused:

Anyway, here are some pics of what I've got so far. All I've been able to do is cut the roll off the top so my kettle lid will fit, then it started pouring down rain so I can't do the burn off of the coating inside.:mad:

http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/9...0373yr0.th.jpg

http://img401.imageshack.us/img401/8...0374or9.th.jpg

http://img401.imageshack.us/img401/2...0375ou0.th.jpg

http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/4...0376wr0.th.jpg

I'm planning on using 2 - 1"x4" black iron pipe nipples with elbows and 30" risers and full port ball valves for the intake air. If it will work I want to put 4 evenly space pieces of 3/8" all thread rod in above the intakes to set the charcoal pan on so the bottom of the pan is just above the intake nipples.

What do you guys think about that plan?

Another ?, has anyone found any hi temp paint that can be mixed in colors? Thinking seriously about a purple and gold LSU can:grin:

Smokin Gator 01-08-2008 04:10 PM

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Originally Posted by CajunSmoker (Post 532600)
Thinking seriously about a purple and gold LSU can:grin:

Now that will truly redefine UGLY drum smoker!!!

Norcoredneck 01-08-2008 05:41 PM

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Originally Posted by CajunSmoker (Post 532600)
I'm wondering if anyone has tried using the charcoal pan out of a Brinkman Gourmet ECB?

Do a search on Phoenix oh hell,
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...61&postcount=1

What I made using Single Fins ECB. He loves the set up.

DryCreek 01-08-2008 05:57 PM

After reading this complete post, I was wondering if there is now a consensus on the size of the charcoal basket? 15"diameter x 6" high seems to be popular. Any others that work well?

Rob

CajunSmoker 01-08-2008 06:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Smokin Gator (Post 532605)
Now that will truly redefine UGLY drum smoker!!!

You know what they say Brent, Beauty is in the eye of the Beer Holder:biggrin:

Quote:

Originally Posted by Norcoredneck (Post 532668)
Do a search on Phoenix oh hell,
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...61&postcount=1

What I made using Single Fins ECB. He loves the set up.


I remember that one Norco, my pans a little different and I want to keep my ECB in working order, but I'm still going to give it a try. If it don't work, then I'll make a new basket.

chinesebob 01-08-2008 06:40 PM

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Originally Posted by CajunSmoker (Post 532600)
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I'm planning on using 2 - 1"x4" black iron pipe nipples with elbows and 30" risers and full port ball valves for the intake air. If it will work I want to put 4 evenly space pieces of 3/8" all thread rod in above the intakes to set the charcoal pan on so the bottom of the pan is just above the intake nipples.

What do you guys think about that plan?

Another ?, has anyone found any hi temp paint that can be mixed in colors? Thinking seriously about a purple and gold LSU can:grin:

If you look at pics of mine that's exactly what I did. I put 3 1" by 4" and just put a nipple on one of them. I thought about the risers but I just set my basket on top of the pipes. Not sure if that has a positive or negative affect.

I wonder if you put a high temp primer and black coat that would be enough. The other option would be to get a auto paint. Might need a sprayer for that.

If you find a place that sells templates for School or Pro teams let me know. I'm looking for a couple of teams :icon_smil.


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