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fr8erfxr 07-15-2011 04:07 AM

I found that a weber charcoal chimney filled flush with the top holds 6 pounds of Kingsford Blue. I use that to gauge how much charcoal I use for cooks of different lengths.

Jay871 07-16-2011 05:04 PM

I thought I read somewhere a while back to put clay kitty litter in the bottom of your barrel to absorb grease. Has anyone ever done this? Do you leave the kitty litter in during the cook or do you put it in to absorb and vacuum it our right away. One more question, I would think the kitty litter should be unscented?

lrh 07-16-2011 05:12 PM

My UDS
 
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:-D After solving an air leak problem around the lid, my first cooking effort was 1 1/2 thick loin chops with sparing use of Texas Two Step rub over moderate coals and a couple of hunks of pecan. Wife declared them best evah. (Sorry, no food pics. I was too busy eating.)

Used a Uniflame donor kettle from Wallyworld and misc. parts from an old Brinkman electric smoker that long ago had been shoved to a corner out of frustration with its end results. An old enamel ware stock pot for the coal basket and a few other things from my "possibles" stash (ie junk that should have gone to the landfill long ago) I'd attach another pic or two but it keeps showing "invalid file" when I try to upload from my Photobucket album.

BikerBryansBBQ 07-16-2011 06:30 PM

I can't believe i have been through this whole thread!!!!!!!!!!!

My tongue is hangin' out!!!

Now i can start gathering the parts!!

BikerBryansBBQ 07-16-2011 07:19 PM

I just could wait to try a fattie so I did one on the weber! Got done WAY to fast! But was still good!

johnodon 07-18-2011 11:03 AM

Finished my build!!! :)

Build thread can be found here: http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=111577

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s...d/IMG_2477.jpg

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sandiegobbq 07-18-2011 11:05 AM

Very nice indeed!

DieselDawg 07-18-2011 12:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sandiegobbq (Post 1709131)
The one I bought was from ditty.com in Whittier.

It was a refurbished one and it had a varnish in it.

I called them up and they said to burn it out.

I have a friend with a weed burner and I am going to give
that a go.

Stay tuned.

Ditty.com huh? I live in Whittier and have been searching for a barrel for about 2 weeks now! I have to check this out - I think the heavens just opened up because I can hear angels singing and everything smells like Q! :laugh:

Carbon 07-18-2011 12:57 PM

I have a question on placement of air intakes. I'm currently building my UDS using a single draft door measuring approx 3" x 5" at the bottom which slides over three 3/4" intake holes. Very simple.
I see most all UDS builds using valves and caps, whether 3 or 4, spaced equally apart around the drums. How important is this? Is it really that important to have incoming air from all directions within the drum for an even burn when all the valves and caps are open? You'll ultimately end up controlling temp with just one 3/4" intake anyway so my question is does it really matter? Thanks!

thoraudio 07-18-2011 01:02 PM

A fellow BBQPro'er I see. :-D

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Q...4/s720/043.JPG

Although I had to beat to fit.... paint to match will be soon.

Carbon 07-18-2011 01:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DieselDawg (Post 1714466)
Ditty.com huh? I live in Whittier and have been searching for a barrel for about 2 weeks now! I have to check this out - I think the heavens just opened up because I can hear angels singing and everything smells like Q! :laugh:

Yeah, they're on Rosemead just north of Rush. I picked up a refurbished closed top drum for $29 + tax last week.

fat_bastard 07-18-2011 01:39 PM

Many of us have used donor grills to get a dome top for our UDS. When I built mine I bought a uni-flame from wally-world to do the same. I have a question though, What did you do with the rest of the grill? I used the charcoal grate, the cooking grate (temporarily) and the lid of mine, but I still have the lower half of the grill in a box in the closet. What about you?

Carbon 07-18-2011 01:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fat_bastard (Post 1714566)
Many of us have used donor grills to get a dome top for our UDS. When I built mine I bought a uni-flame from wally-world to do the same. I have a question though, What did you do with the rest of the grill? I used the charcoal grate, the cooking grate (temporarily) and the lid of mine, but I still have the lower half of the grill in a box in the closet. What about you?

I've seen people use the lower half as a lid too.

1FUNVET 07-18-2011 01:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fat_bastard (Post 1714566)
Many of us have used donor grills to get a dome top for our UDS. When I built mine I bought a uni-flame from wally-world to do the same. I have a question though, What did you do with the rest of the grill? I used the charcoal grate, the cooking grate (temporarily) and the lid of mine, but I still have the lower half of the grill in a box in the closet. What about you?


Reseal the box and bring it back for a refund :heh:

DieselDawg 07-18-2011 03:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Carbon (Post 1714515)
Yeah, they're on Rosemead just north of Rush. I picked up a refurbished closed top drum for $29 + tax last week.

Thanks Carbon! I just called up there and will be stopping by in the next couple of days to pick one up. Should be a fun weekend project! :clap2:


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