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Wyatt 01-21-2008 05:36 PM

The thing that's wierd I just got done with UDS!

BBQ Grail 01-21-2008 05:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Wyatt (Post 542069)
The thing that's wierd I just got done with UDS!

It's not weird! It's AWESOME...

Great job Wyatt.

cajun_1 01-22-2008 07:27 AM

After a couple burns "inside" the barrell, does it need wire brushed or something? Power wash? Thanks.

Norcoredneck 01-22-2008 07:46 AM

Wire brush would be good. I see you cheated and didn't read all 50+ pages!
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...&postcount=747

cajun_1 01-22-2008 07:53 AM

Oh but I did ... The dog ate my notes :biggrin:

blues brother 01-24-2008 08:06 PM

Damn it man what a thread!!
Lots of good info. I will be working on a uds this weekend.

Norcoredneck 01-24-2008 08:07 PM

Don't forget to post pics. Good luck.

blues brother 01-24-2008 08:22 PM

I'll get my 18 year old to show me how. I thought I had ended my search for a smoker when I bought my Stump GF223 2 years ago. This thread has thrown me a curve ball! I can't wait to get started. I have been impressed! This site reminds me of Stumps site a year ago.

Bbq Bubba 01-24-2008 10:33 PM

Sneak peek of UDS 2.0
Just "threw it together" tonite in about 2 hr's, may do a pictoral of the build later!! :biggrin:

http://img179.imageshack.us/img179/1...pics028yk9.jpg

blues brother 01-24-2008 10:36 PM

Looks good to me...I like the draft valve up high so I don't have to bend over.

Norcoredneck 01-24-2008 11:16 PM

Well on your way Brother. Good job.

blues_n_cues 01-25-2008 01:14 AM

think i'm gonna do a couple for novelty but 1 question- how in the h*ll do ya get the ashes out ??? other than dump it or contaminate the pit ?

Norcoredneck 01-25-2008 02:34 AM

Buried deep witin the UDS thread.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...78&postcount=4

chinesebob 01-25-2008 07:10 AM

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Originally Posted by Norcoredneck (Post 544773)


Norco - you never cease to amaze me with your ingenuity.

Bbq Bubba 01-25-2008 08:13 AM

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Originally Posted by blues_n_cues (Post 544759)
think i'm gonna do a couple for novelty but 1 question- how in the h*ll do ya get the ashes out ??? other than dump it or contaminate the pit ?

Shop vac mod. :mrgreen:

cajun_1 01-25-2008 08:19 AM

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Originally Posted by Bbq Bubba (Post 544890)
Shop vac mod. :mrgreen:

Good idea ... I have a rather small "shop vac" that I hardly use due to it's size. Perfect for UDS ... Just make sure ashes are cold.

gotwood 01-25-2008 08:23 AM

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Originally Posted by cajun_1 (Post 544899)
Good idea ... I have a rather small "shop vac" that I hardly use due to it's size. Perfect for UDS ... Just make sure ashes are cold.

It'll work but be prepared to change the filter often....ash is so fine it plogs em up quickly.

Cre-B-Ce 01-25-2008 08:46 AM

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Originally Posted by gotwood (Post 544904)
It'll work but be prepared to change the filter often....ash is so fine it plogs em up quickly.

Go to Lowe's and get a filter designed for concrete dust. They are about $30.00 but worth it. You can knock them out, wash them and reuse over and over. I used these when I was installing car lifts. We had to drill lots of holes. I'm sure they would work great for ash, but I haven't tried it yet. Now that I have a UDS, I'm sure I will.

Irrad8 01-25-2008 08:29 PM

I flipped my drum upside down so I can just take off the band and lift off the barrel. I used a jigsaw and cut the top (bottom) out just inside the lip and my weber kettle lid fit on just right (although I did tweak the lid just alittle to get to fit easily). I while try to post pix some other time.

Norcoredneck 01-25-2008 09:54 PM

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Originally Posted by irrad8 (Post 545371)
I flipped my drum upside down so I can just take off the band and lift off the barrel. I used a jigsaw and cut the top (bottom) out just inside the lip and my weber kettle lid fit on just right (although I did tweak the lid just alittle to get to fit easily). I while try to post pix some other time.

If you plan on leaving it out uncovered you might think of drilling a few holes toward the outside of lid(bottom) to drain water that will settle and rust out.

Midnight Smoke 01-25-2008 10:16 PM

Hello all, 1st post. I am getting started tomorrow on building my own UDS. I have read thru this post and a couple others. Some answers to a few questions I have had been discussed.

I am still not clear on a few.

Have access to 4 - 3/4 ball valves (father in law retired plumber)

What has everyone found, is it better to have 4 intakes opened slightly for even heat or would 1-2 be good enough?

What about extending the intake pipe to the top for ease, does the unit draw as well?

It seems to me centering the exhaust would help draw the heat more evenly over the cooking grates.

I do have a old Weber lid but I tried it and it looks like it would work but would blow off if a wind came up. It just sits on the rim, so close.

Lastly, does anyone just let the ash fall into the bottom of the drum from the fire basket or would that burn out the bottom. I am still working on some way to build a basket without the need for welding. I am having a hard time finding some ideas on that one. :confused:

BTW this forum has a bunch of great info already on the UDS. Can't wait to get started.

Thanks! :grin:

Irrad8 01-25-2008 11:14 PM

Norco, thanks for the heads up!

Cre-B-Ce 01-26-2008 06:55 AM

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Originally Posted by Norcoredneck (Post 545409)
If you plan on leaving it out uncovered you might think of drilling a few holes toward the outside of lid(bottom) to drain water that will settle and rust out.

Lowe's has 30" round kettle cover that fits over the drum nicely for $7.00. It doesn't go all the way down, but enough to keep the rain out. If you had a flat lid, it probably would cover most of it. With my dome lid I have about 10 to 12" hanging out.

Norcoredneck 01-26-2008 09:51 AM

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Originally Posted by Cre-B-Ce (Post 545527)
Lowe's has 30" round kettle cover that fits over the drum nicely for $7.00. It doesn't go all the way down, but enough to keep the rain out. If you had a flat lid, it probably would cover most of it. With my dome lid I have about 10 to 12" hanging out.

Those covers work great but on my inverted drum the part of lid (now bottom) that wraps the lip of drum is now facing up. Water would run down side and settle there and sit. I drilled 1/8" holes at an angle so water could drain. Lid (bottom) seals on inside of lip anyway.
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k2...neck/drill.jpg

wlh3 01-26-2008 10:56 AM

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Originally Posted by blues_n_cues (Post 544759)
think i'm gonna do a couple for novelty but 1 question- how in the h*ll do ya get the ashes out ??? other than dump it or contaminate the pit ?

Here is what I use. The scraper works great at getting the gunk out. Get a new one.

D.F. Expat 01-26-2008 12:34 PM

Guess I should finally add mine to the mix.
http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/j...UDS/UDS002.jpg

Bbq Bubba 02-08-2008 10:37 PM

#2.....will season tomorrow.:cool:

http://img252.imageshack.us/img252/6...pics003xn3.jpg

Norcoredneck 02-08-2008 11:16 PM

The luck of the irish is with you!

jgh1204 02-08-2008 11:39 PM

I still say some of you are forgetting the name. :) It is incredible this thread has that many views. One of these days I need to post a picture of the name sake.

cajun_1 02-09-2008 07:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Bbq Bubba (Post 556766)

What a "Pretty Drum Smoker" ... Fire It Up

Dr_KY 02-09-2008 08:02 AM

How do you guys get the probe wire through the drum and keep it from melting at the entry point?

Cre-B-Ce 02-09-2008 08:17 AM

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Originally Posted by Dr_KY (Post 556881)
How do you guys get the probe wire through the drum and keep it from melting at the entry point?

I drilled a small hole right at the top of the drum to run the probe through. With the low cooking temps, you should be fine.

Dr_KY 02-09-2008 08:20 AM

That's what I did but she is still pretty warm at the moment. I'll let her settle and check it out.

Bbq Bubba 02-09-2008 04:55 PM

How hot you getting Doc? I was running mine over the lid but that will stop, i see a crimping problem arising...Going with the hole's next smoke!

Bentley 02-18-2008 07:15 PM

Son of UDS
 
Well, the second UDS. I wanted to ask you Brothers who have made one and have an extended intake, is the height an issue with air intake?

Did not think the thing would go that high above the pit when I bought it!

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...a/IMG_1631.jpg

Meat Burner 02-18-2008 09:23 PM

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Doc, here's what I did to keep the cables from crimping. Also, I no longer buy the rubber coated lines and only go with the metal braided. The rubber will not hold up if crimped in any way. Hope this helps.

JamesB 02-18-2008 11:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Bentley (Post 565372)
Well, the second UDS. I wanted to ask you Brothers who have made one and have an extended intake, is the height an issue with air intake?

Did not think the thing would go that high above the pit when I bought it!

The first of my last two UDSs, I had a 1" diameter pipe that extended above the barrel. I never could get it to draw right. After I removed the pipe all was good... Good luck on yours!

James.

keale 02-18-2008 11:27 PM

[quote=Bentley;565372]Well, the second UDS. I wanted to ask you Brothers who have made one and have an extended intake, is the height an issue with air intake?


Bentley I definetly think it does, I switched 2 of my intakes to higher and it does not draw air in as well as the bottom intakes..., now I can leave one bottom on open and play with the daisy wheel and dial in temps, and with the ball valve on the high intakes I can control temps more acurate...
one bottom intake works better than two high intakes open...

JamesB 02-18-2008 11:55 PM

Here is a link to a post I had about the same issue...

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=35522

James.

h20loo 02-19-2008 09:55 AM

RE: Bentley son of UDS

I'd love to try a 24" high 3" diameter exhaust stack on that UDS. The longer stack creates more draw but at the end of the day you will probably end up dropping that valve to a more common height. Usually the reason we have the high mounted valves is to keep from bending over to make adjustments-I'm sure we could adjust that valve with our foot!!!

Bentley 02-19-2008 10:24 AM

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Originally Posted by h20loo (Post 565728)
RE: Bentley son of UDS

Usually the reason we have the high mounted valves is to keep from bending over to make adjustments-I'm sure we could adjust that valve with our foot!!!

Thats the reason I liked it, should have waited to weld it to the side to see if it works!

allboy 02-19-2008 04:55 PM

What is the advantage of a vertical intake pipe (outside of not having to bend over to adjust your ball valve)?

Dr_KY 02-19-2008 04:57 PM

None that I can see.

Bbq Bubba 02-19-2008 06:28 PM

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Originally Posted by allboy (Post 566076)
What is the advantage of a vertical intake pipe (outside of not having to bend over to adjust your ball valve)?

Well, from what i've learned and read in the last couple of week's.......there is NO advantage (it does look cool:cool:)
Simple in this case is the best.

N8man 02-19-2008 06:32 PM

Besides the Coolness Factor, I find my Vertical 1" Intake Pipe allows me easy access to fine tune the Temps for Low and Slow. I'm 6'6" and having the Intake at my fingertips is a big advantage, IMHO.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/at...6&d=1195332985
I've read where others have had problems with Temp Control, having gone Vertical with their Intakes, but I've had no such issues. Consistant Temps, Consistant Results. Perhaps the Ram on top makes a difference!:biggrin:

Smokin Gator 02-19-2008 07:15 PM

N8Man... thanks for changing your avitar... I am no longer having bad dreams....

Highjack mod off....

N8man 02-19-2008 07:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Smokin Gator (Post 566208)
N8Man... thanks for changing your avitar... I am no longer having bad dreams....

Highjack mod off....

I just changed it again...Let the Nightmares Begin....

Smokin Gator 02-19-2008 07:23 PM

Dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bbq Bubba 02-19-2008 07:45 PM

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Originally Posted by N8man (Post 566215)
I just changed it again...Let the Nightmares Begin....

Oh Ya.....that's much farken better.......

Mommeeeeeeee....:cool:

Rookie'48 02-19-2008 09:51 PM

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Originally Posted by allboy (Post 566076)
What is the advantage of a vertical intake pipe (outside of not having to bend over to adjust your ball valve)?

Once your lower back gets farked up, that's the only reason that you'll need:rolleyes:.


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