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cwa7110 08-01-2012 02:26 PM

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keepQn 08-02-2012 07:11 PM

I finally found a Weber 22.5 " grill in Thunder Bay last week and today I made my first BBQ (I built my UDS 2 years go).
I did a bacon wrapped fattie ....was ever so pleased with the results.
Thanks to everyone on this forum

keepQn 08-03-2012 11:40 AM

My UDS is just the basic model....with just a few changes;
I made my brickette basket 15 1/2 inches wide by 12 1/2 tall out of expanded steel mesh (still normal) but the bottom of the basket is a circular piece of steel mesh welded 2 1/2" up from the bottom edge of the basket.(instead of using bolts for legs). Now if I wish I can flip the basket over and have 10 inch legs with a brickette basket 2 1/2 inches high .
I bolted 3 metal shelf standards equidistant and vertical inside the drum. So by placing the shelf brackets at varying heights around the inside of the drum I can move my fire basket up when needed or by flipping the basket over and raising it to the top I can use the UDS to grill/fry hamburgers(or whatever.)
This makes the UDS much more versatile IMO .
P.S. yesterdays maiden run with the fattie was from 2.00 pm to 5:45 with the temp. holding steady @ 250F (except when I nervously removed the lid every 45 minutes to check on the progress) .The fattie was removed when the internal temp. reached 160F .Got raves from the missus, daughter and SIL .(Daughter wants her hubbie to build one now...hee heee )

keepQn 08-04-2012 12:11 PM

Briquette ! Briquette ! Now repeat 100 times Keep....
Today I am doing a rack of pork spare ribs using the 3-2-1 method ....the missus usually does the BBQ'n but she's tickled with my progress sofar

MDRex 08-05-2012 11:12 AM

Has anyone tried using the propane start from a Weber Performer on their UDS? I am getting a stainless blue Performer from my sister. My plan was to remove the kettle and mount the drum in its place. Then I came up with the idea of using the propane start in the drum.

Tulse 08-05-2012 11:55 AM

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Originally Posted by MDRex (Post 2164403)
Has anyone tried using the propane start from a Weber Performer on their UDS? I am getting a stainless blue Performer from my sister. My plan was to remove the kettle and mount the drum in its place. Then I came up with the idea of using the propane start in the drum.

I went through the thought process of adding a propane burner in the bottom early on as I started my planning. I quickly ditched the idea for the sake of simplicity, and now, with hindsight, can't see the advantage.

Also, a lot of people here light the fire by adding a small amount of coals to the top of the basket. I do the same --- add about 1/4-1/3 chimney to a little depression in the coals I make in a mostly full basket. That's it. All done.

I get 14++ hours of cooking @ a solid 250° this way, with the coals burning their way down. It's quite possible using gas to start would get you good results. I couldn't say for sure. But I'm in the KISS camp for a first UDS now. I'm a tinkerer, too, and it was hard not to put my own spin on things. Suppressing that tweeking urge isn't easy. :wink:

MDRex 08-05-2012 05:14 PM

I figured I might give it a try since I will have the parts from the Performer anyway. I'll use one of the intake holes to try it, that way if I don't like it or it doesn't worl well I haven't cut any extra holes.

jcinadr 08-06-2012 10:51 AM

Weed burning is a pretty quick start as well. It is a bit harder to hit the right balance with (in theory) than xx lighted bricketts, but I cheat with a guru.

willbird 08-06-2012 11:08 AM

To those that have a weber lid they use sometimes, does the UDS behave differently with the weber lid ?? IE run hotter with a given number of intakes open ?

Bill

madole 08-06-2012 11:19 AM

Holy cow. This thread actually has an end. I've spent the better part of two weeks reading this thing. What am I going to do with all my free time now? I guess I actually need to build one of these things.

jmoney7269 08-06-2012 11:24 AM

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Originally Posted by willbird (Post 2165706)
To those that have a weber lid they use sometimes, does the UDS behave differently with the weber lid ?? IE run hotter with a given number of intakes open ?

Bill

Mine cooks at the exact temp I set I at, and I mean right on the money
Both levels
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willbird 08-06-2012 12:02 PM

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Originally Posted by jmoney7269 (Post 2165733)
Mine cooks at the exact temp I set I at, and I mean right on the money

Well what I'm getting at is..............if you were running manual natural draft, and set the UDS all up to run 225, then switched from a flat to the weber lid, would the temp change ?

I put a uniflame lid on mine briefly and the temp went from 225 with the controller to around 300, and did not drop, put the flat lid back on, and the controller could again easily keep it at 225. Now the uniflame lid did not seal up as nicely as it should...some smoke was leaking around the rim of the drum. I have (8) 1/2" holes in the flat lid, and the uniflame lid I had the vent wide open.

Still looking for a weber lid which will fit better, the Uniflame is 22" not 22-1/2. But if they in general run hotter, well maybe I will not look as hard :-).

Bill

fastfleetline 08-07-2012 12:55 AM

done
 
I have read...and read....read....all 655 pages...and i think i can build a UDS......thanks to all the brothers..last weekend i got a weber grill for $25 from craigslist.....now all i need is a drum.....i'm think a closed end drum.....pray for me .....

Paul Worth 08-07-2012 08:14 AM

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Originally Posted by willbird (Post 2165790)
Well what I'm getting at is..............if you were running manual natural draft, and set the UDS all up to run 225, then switched from a flat to the weber lid, would the temp change ?

I put a uniflame lid on mine briefly and the temp went from 225 with the controller to around 300, and did not drop

I had the same problem with the Uniflame lid. The Weber performs MUCH better. I have found the WalMart and Lowe's lids to be terrible. The Home Depot and Sears/KMart lids are pretty good, especially with a gasket. You can get gasket material at www.bbqgaskets.com

willbird 08-07-2012 08:16 AM

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Originally Posted by Paul Worth (Post 2166915)
I had the same problem with the Uniflame lid. The Weber performs MUCH better. I have found the WalMart and Lowe's lids to be terrible. The Home Depot and Sears/KMart lids are pretty good, especially with a gasket. You can get gasket material at www.bbqgaskets.com

So Weber lid bought at Walmart/Lowes is different than one bought at Sears/Home Despot ??


Bill


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