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funugy 06-30-2015 03:12 PM

No worries guys. There is a lot of info out there. This is the thread I used for measurements and design.----courtesy of Norcoredneck

I do use a Weber lid on mine.

illushinz 06-30-2015 03:25 PM

And I should have been a little more specific, I really just meant 'in general'.

Like should the inlets be below the firebox, near the bottom, top, above, etc? That kind of 'suggestion'.

Thx for the thread funugy

- And thanks again - cause that's a great UDS build thread!

illushinz 07-02-2015 08:54 AM

FYI - a mic ultra can fits in the large bung.... Lol

Bad Actor 07-11-2015 11:16 AM

I centered my inlet holes about two inches from bottom of drum to keep them from becoming obstructed by any falling ash. The bottom of the fire grate is then about two inches above that, four inches off the bottom to allow good airflow.

ClampNsmoke 07-11-2015 10:57 PM

I'm soaking all this in... Thanks for the info

ClampNsmoke 07-11-2015 11:46 PM


ClampNsmoke 07-12-2015 08:42 PM

Nice set of pics/info

mathyoo 07-13-2015 12:19 PM

I have built up my UDS and everything is looking okay. Except I couldn't find a two inch pipe for the bung hole vent that wasn't galvanized. Is this an issue? There won't be flame on it, just a lot of hot air.

ebijack 07-13-2015 12:50 PM

Not a problem, but if you want you can soak the pipe in vinegar/water 50/50 to get ride of the galvanizing. Wipe with a rag.

mattkm 07-15-2015 06:45 PM

So, after a month or so of reading this thread, and learning as much as possible about building my UDS, I've finally got it done and ready for some meat. Did the seasoning/experimenting burn last night, and hope to try out a spatchcocked chicken and a couple of fatties when I have more time this weekend.
I went with the basic KISS method for the first one, with a shelf, some wheels added, and the Weber lid.
My wife said I had to at least paint it up nicer than a plain barrel, and I've seen a lot of sports team paint jobs on here, but, I'm not much of a sports fan, so I went with a Breaking Bad theme.
Here's some progress pics, the food pron to come later:
The drum, and donor Weber($25! It's in great shape, so they will share the lid and grill until I find one in worse shape for the parts)
The burn out.
The inside, and basket.
Ready to test out!

DjPorkchop 07-15-2015 10:06 PM

that's pretty decent looking mattkm

McPeter2k 07-22-2015 12:47 PM

FYI: Good source for food grade drums
Hey all, I got lucky last year when I started to make my first UDS and found a good source of Food Grade drums. Stores that make their own soap use a food grade oil as a base. The drums are extremely clean, dent free or nearly dent free with a removable lid and ring clamp.

I have found 2 stores in St. Louis, one on the Hill and one in downtown Kirkwood. They both produce 1 per month and advertise once in a while on Craig's List. $30 each. I just picked up 2, one for me and one for a friend, and they still had 6 more. :clap:

Smoke free or die!

SmittyJonz 07-22-2015 01:23 PM

funugy 07-22-2015 01:34 PM

Nice looking "T" build. Need pics of the exhaust. Is there a build thread that I can find? I don't get to spend much time here anymore and miss a bunch of stuff.

How does it hold temp compared to your UDS?

SmittyJonz 07-22-2015 03:49 PM


Originally Posted by funugy (Post 3309038)
Nice looking "T" build. Need pics of the exhaust. Is there a build thread that I can find? I don't get to spend much time here anymore and miss a bunch of stuff.

How does it hold temp compared to your UDS?

Holds Temps well but uses almost double the charcoal as my Reg UDS.
Exhaust is 3" Auto exhaust pipe 12" H.

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