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bover 02-17-2011 07:52 AM

Working on building my first UDS right now. The drums I've got have removable locking lids, and the lids themselves have a ~2" bung and 1/2" air vent both with screw-in caps. In y'alls vast experience do you think just removing these caps during the cook would be enough ventilation for the smoke or should I drill some more holes? Right now I'm thinking that the bung alone would provide about as much flow as the vent on a Weber lid so no additional modifications would be necessary, but would appreciate insight from you guys.

Thanks.

Downtown Smokeout 02-17-2011 07:56 AM

You didn't read the whole thread.....cheater. I use the same lid, works fine with the large bung removed, I actually use a fridge magnet to close it off partially at certain points during my cooks.

1FUNVET 02-17-2011 08:01 AM

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Originally Posted by bover (Post 1551989)
Working on building my first UDS right now. The drums I've got have removable locking lids, and the lids themselves have a ~2" bung and 1/2" air vent both with screw-in caps. In y'alls vast experience do you think just removing these caps during the cook would be enough ventilation for the smoke or should I drill some more holes? Right now I'm thinking that the bung alone would provide about as much flow as the vent on a Weber lid so no additional modifications would be necessary, but would appreciate insight from you guys.

Thanks.

I have a 6" long piece of PVC screwed into the 2" bung and it works fine. No need to drill any additional holes.

bover 02-17-2011 08:03 AM

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Originally Posted by Downtown Smokeout (Post 1551992)
You didn't read the whole thread.....cheater. I use the same lid, works fine with the large bung removed, I actually use a fridge magnet to close it off partially at certain points during my cooks.

Busted! I've read around 350 of the 500+ pages, but couldn't recall seeing this question. Then again, I'm having a tough time remembering what I had for breakfast this morning.

btw...I have seen reference to the magnet idea and am planning on going that route for the intakes at the bottom. Good tip for the exhaust too. Thanks!

smokeyw 02-17-2011 08:33 AM

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Originally Posted by Skidder (Post 1551985)
smokeyw can you explain your build maybe then someone can help answer your question.

Sorry if I was not clear.
My UDS is pretty standard. It has three 3/4" intakes evenly spaced around the base. Two of them have caps and the other has a ball valve. I have a kingsford dome lid on it that fits very well. I always keep the exhaust on the dome lid wide open while cooking. My charcoal basket is 14" in diameter and 9" tall standing 3 1/2" from the bottom of the drum. I use a 50/50 mix of Royal Oak lump and Kingsford blue.
http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/h...ng/UDS1003.jpg
http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/h...ng/UDS1013.jpg

garyk1398 02-17-2011 08:34 AM

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Originally Posted by bover (Post 1551989)
Working on building my first UDS right now. The drums I've got have removable locking lids, and the lids themselves have a ~2" bung and 1/2" air vent both with screw-in caps. In y'alls vast experience do you think just removing these caps during the cook would be enough ventilation for the smoke or should I drill some more holes? Right now I'm thinking that the bung alone would provide about as much flow as the vent on a Weber lid so no additional modifications would be necessary, but would appreciate insight from you guys.

Thanks.

What I've done and like is using a black metal threaded pipe with an elbow attached so if it rains, it doesn't fall into the drum.

jdbh 02-17-2011 09:18 AM

lima ohio there is a guy that sells drums food grade 15$ a barrels they had yogurt in them
www.ohiobarrel.com

righteousdog 02-17-2011 07:15 PM

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Originally Posted by smokeyw (Post 1552024)
I use a 50/50 mix of Royal Oak lump and Kingsford blue.
http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/h...ng/UDS1003.jpg

my OCD tells me you have not meticulously arranged your fuel :becky:

Skidder 02-17-2011 07:28 PM

Sounds like maybe your wood possibly caught fire and gave you a quick temp spike

jcinadr 02-18-2011 10:07 AM

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Originally Posted by garyk1398 (Post 1552026)
What I've done and like is using a black metal threaded pipe with an elbow attached so if it rains, it doesn't fall into the drum.

+1 used a steel nipple. Lid collects water during a rain. You can always put a can over the nipple to keep the water from raining into the hole

Chavo27 02-18-2011 03:53 PM

just got my new step bit

Chavo27 02-18-2011 04:26 PM

what are you guys using to cut the hole in the top? My step bit only goes to 1 3/8"

Chavo27 02-18-2011 04:27 PM

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Originally Posted by righteousdog (Post 1552758)
my OCD tells me you have not meticulously arranged your fuel :becky:

I love this idea! I use coat hangers to move my basket...

Rick T 02-18-2011 05:47 PM

You can use a hole saw. Right from HD for the larger holes.

2ndchance 02-18-2011 06:19 PM

Here we go
 
My son called me up and said he had a FREE :becky::becky::becky: drum for me. All I had to do was go get it. I have read 90 percent of this thread and feel confident that I will have a new addition in a week or two. I have already got the 3/4 nipples, one 3/4 elbow, two pipe caps, and now I have the main part. I will probably go buy a cheap kettle so I can get a lid and grate.
http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t...g?t=1298074564
Since it had Hydraulic fluid in it I don't have to worry about a liner, just need to clean it and give it a good burn:-D

http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t...g?t=1298074347

This is the lid to my Weber, I do not want to have adjust it to fit the drum so I will find a new cheap kettle or a used Weber at the right price
http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t...g?t=1298074384


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