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PursuitSS 07-30-2019 03:05 PM

Thanks for the thoughts, I have been looking into diffusers, I thought I was going to have to make my own but I’ve found several available.

Oracle00 02-24-2020 10:01 AM

Hello everyone, here's my first post.

I came across this forum researching smokers. Like many, I started smoking on a Weber Kettle. I'll be moving from Miami, Fl to Central, Fl in a month and decided I should break in my new house in with a proper smoker. After tons of research, I decided on a UDS because of cost and the fun of building something fun with my pops.

So far, all I've got is a burned and primed drum, but once the parts come in, it should all come together nicely.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this thread over the years. For anyone looking to build a UDS or any smoker, this thread is as important as any of the tools necessary to get the job done.

Here's a few pics with updates to follow.

BKING! 02-24-2020 03:48 PM

Lookin good!

OferL 02-25-2020 03:01 AM

Lots of fun and good meats in your future!

Oracle00 02-26-2020 09:37 PM

Here's the final product. I'm extremely pleased with this build. It was never my intention to actually build my own smoker, but I'm glad I took on the project. My pops and I haven't spent time together like this in a while, and that alone was worth it all.

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tom b 02-26-2020 09:46 PM

Awesome, enjoy!

BGEChicago 02-26-2020 11:22 PM


Nice looking rig, even cooler your Dad helped! I look forward to you posting your maiden voyage cook on this guy!

rifraf 02-27-2020 05:46 AM

Very nice!!

jazzbert 03-02-2020 07:25 AM

Wow, beautiful job. Kudos on being wise beyond your years in taking advantage of time with your dad. The are with us for such a short time.

93civEJ1 11-09-2020 09:00 AM

Any others building since march? I am looking to modify mine and like all the ideas I can get.

Nuco59 11-09-2020 08:41 PM

886 pages- in the mother of all UDS threads- and you are looking for "more" ideas?


Sid Post 11-10-2020 04:37 AM


Originally Posted by Nuco59 (Post 4405922)
886 pages- in the mother of all UDS threads- and you are looking for "more" ideas?



Swine-Enshrined 12-17-2020 05:58 AM

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I have trolled this site quite a bit over the last few days... I'm gonna do it !
I guess ill start a build thread when I actually get to work on it.

But First... The Drum itself
I've seen plenty of used ones on Craigslist etc that I could burn and clean out. ($25-$50) Just seems like such a PITA. Then I found a drum company near my house that sells new ones. I can get a 55 GALLON straight drum for $88. I cant find any straight drums used. I kinda like them better.


BobBill 12-17-2020 06:28 AM

Caution UDS barrel Bigger is NOT Always Better
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Biggest thing is barrel size...30 gal vs 55 gal...latter is huge, uses lots of fuel, too fast for me.

I think most people will admit smaller drum is as good and is way cheaper initially and in use...

Plus, smaller 390 gal drum can be used to grille.

Also get new drum! Easier/maybe safer!

Basket for coals is not easy to do right and is important. Welded steel mesh "expanded metal" is fine, with attached bottom pan set inch or two below. Allows for lots of coals and wood, which means no refills needed...measure well. Long metal wire (1/8) is handy, as are gloves.

Topper is inverted SS salad mixer owl, and a SS chimney which I ordered on line for domed Q top...would put up another pic, but am on spare laptop.

BTW, Do not scrimp...

Use three solid SS bolts not coated, for each layer and use expanded-metal grates (3), at top center and over coal basket for

Planter base (fired-terracota) flower-pot base, covered in foil to use over basket as water-filled deflector.


Swine-Enshrined 12-17-2020 08:18 AM

Its a 55 Gallon Drum :nod::nod:

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