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Debmar 12-10-2018 11:40 PM

UDS from old pressure tank build
 
I posted regarding my build in Q Talk but wanted to include link here as I have learned most of what I used from this thread. only about half way through the thread but wanted to thank everyone who posted builds and ideas as I have used lots of it in my planning. heres a pic of prototype more info in link below
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4846/...2550cfc1_c.jpg

https://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/s...d.php?t=267447

Just ol Pop 12-11-2018 12:38 AM

Help
 
I need help like hole placement vents I would like three racks in mine. Need some drawing or plans help

ebijack 12-11-2018 04:53 AM

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Originally Posted by Just ol Pop (Post 4107711)
I need help like hole placement vents I would like three racks in mine. Need some drawing or plans help

There are many many ways to build a UDS. You get to make it your own design/build to how YOU want your UDS to look/perform.
Here is only one from early in this massive thread. Sorry, I don't remember the Brethren who had posted it. You might think about going thru some of this massive thread before you start your build just to see other options.

grosen84 12-11-2018 06:40 PM

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Originally Posted by Just ol Pop (Post 4107711)
I need help like hole placement vents I would like three racks in mine. Need some drawing or plans help

What's the largest thing you plan on cooking? Add 1" to it's height and put your first rack down that amount from the top. What's the height of your charcoal basket? Add 1" and put your bottom rack no lower from the bottom than that. What is your goal for the 3 racks? The temp will be different at different heights in the drum. If you're planning on a baffle rack and a second rack for food, place the middle rack as close to the top rack as you dare, to keep the temps as close as possible. Don't plan on trying to cook on all 3 racks IMO. You'd need to experiment w/ JUST the charcoal basket and temp probes at each level to figure out what would be possible.

If you're doing a dome lid, you can do this:
https://imgur.com/raBqFA8.jpg

kls44 12-11-2018 08:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Just ol Pop (Post 4107711)
I need help like hole placement vents I would like three racks in mine. Need some drawing or plans help

I used adjustable shelf supports and brackets in mine, that way I can put shelves any where. They are not very expensive at HD or Lowes.

grosen84 12-12-2018 10:57 AM

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Originally Posted by kls44 (Post 4108061)
I used adjustable shelf supports and brackets in mine, that way I can put shelves any where. They are not very expensive at HD or Lowes.

Yep, here's your other option...shelf standards riveted to the drum.

https://imgur.com/US79hx6.jpg

djc227 12-12-2018 03:02 PM

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Here's a pic of the twins I built as Christmas presents for my brothers. You can put the bucket charcoal basket on a grate on the third level of bolts and it makes an awesome VERY HOT charcoal grill using the top rack. I built my first one with 3/4 pipe risers and ball valves, but had to add 3 nipples in the back to get enough airflow to cook over 250. This design should have more air intake and is much easier to build. When I get time I think I'm going to make a parts list and step by step plans on how to build this (as long as the test run goes as planned). I searched for hours before the first build and could never find a set of plans! Total cost was $146 due to finding free sacrificial kettles on craigslist. If you had to buy the weber lid new the cost would be $210.

grosen84 12-13-2018 01:51 PM

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Originally Posted by djc227 (Post 4108423)
Here's a pic of the twins I built as Christmas presents for my brothers. You can put the bucket charcoal basket on a grate on the third level of bolts and it makes an awesome VERY HOT charcoal grill using the top rack. I built my first one with 3/4 pipe risers and ball valves, but had to add 3 nipples in the back to get enough airflow to cook over 250. This design should have more air intake and is much easier to build. When I get time I think I'm going to make a parts list and step by step plans on how to build this (as long as the test run goes as planned). I searched for hours before the first build and could never find a set of plans! Total cost was $146 due to finding free sacrificial kettles on craigslist. If you had to buy the weber lid new the cost would be $210.

I used the Kamado style door on my stainless drum as well. I agree, much easier to install, and basically the same price if you're springing for 2 brass ball valves and the other black pipe needed.

SmittyJonz 03-24-2019 08:09 PM

Bump for New Guys n Gals........

R5Ryder 04-04-2019 04:18 PM

Why do most people put an intake nipple in the back of the smoker? Wouldnít you want to see all your intakes all the time?

If the BACK of the smoker is 12:00, Iím planning on going 6:00 (3/4 capped nipple), 8:30 (3/4 pipe with ball valve) and 3:30 (ditto).

Is it THAT important that they be evenly spaced around the basket? Iíve seen successful guys at comps that seem to go with 3-6-9, but I like the idea (aesthetically) of the two verticals being a little closer together.

Nuco59 04-04-2019 07:46 PM

There's just something aesthetically pleasing about having them spaced around the drum- you just KNOW that placement makes it draw better. I've got a slider vent (like a kamado) on my SS drum-so it's one vent like 3 x 5 inches...works just dandy.

Just put them where you like. I don't think it'd matter if they were at 7:00 6;00 and 5:00.

Mojo-Que 04-15-2019 08:44 PM

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Did my first packer brisket and 3rd cook on my UDS. Used Kosmo hot and fast method but no injection. Extremely happy with the results. 5 hours start to finish including the burnt ends. Thanks to all in this thread I enjoyed learning about drum smokers and am extremely glad that I went this route!

R5Ryder 04-15-2019 10:17 PM

For upright intakes - does it matter one way or the other if you use standard 90-degree black-steel elbows that are secured from the inside by bushings, or if you use the "street" elbow which threads in and then would be secured from inside by a conduit nut?

I think the bushing would reduce the size of the intake, but then again so does a ball valve so it probably doesn't matter. I notice that the image grosen84 posted shows the standard elbows, but I've seen it both ways.

standard elbow:
https://cdn11.bigcommerce.com/s-8n9t...1527098485.png

street elbow:
https://image.made-in-china.com/43f3...e-Fittings.jpg

PursuitSS 06-21-2019 04:39 PM

Building my first UDS
 
Iím going blind reading this thread :mrgreen: BUT, thereís a LOT of great information here.

My thoughts....

Iím ordering a new 55 gallon polished 16 gauge stainless steel open top drum.

Apparently they are 24Ē in diameter (slightly larger than most?)

Then I going with the Big Poppa Smoker Kit, Iím also ordering 3 of their heavy gauge grates.

Iím also ordering a 30 quart stainless steel mixing bowl to convert the drum lid to a dome lid.

Iím at this time planning on using a BBQ Guru DigiQ Temperature Controller.

If I donít have enough ďsmokeĒ Iíll throw it one of my pellet smoke tubes.

I know this will be an expensive build (north of a grand) but I want a quality, nice smoker.

Thoughts?, Comments?, Criticisms?

Devin 07-01-2019 04:03 PM

I would think the hardware for the grates might not work if your drum is a bit bigger than a standard, should be easy enough to sort out though.
I would probably consider a diffuser as well thinking that if its still a 55 gallon drum but about two inches bigger around its also going to be a few inches shorter which will either make the grate closer to the fire or take away a bit from your height.
I just got a Smartfire controller that I really like so far. can't speak on the BBQ guru but they seem pretty popular.
I like the idea of the SS drum, even with a good paint job on mine it is still getting some rust spots as it lives outside under an awning but a cover for it would probably fix that.


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