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breez 12-31-2017 02:45 PM

Hinges work better for multiple grates, they flip up as you lift lower grate and you can flip them up before putting in lower grate.

Big Dan 12-31-2017 03:27 PM

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I completed a new drum smoker last week. I bought the floating hinge assembly from Mark Hunsaker plus the lid handle. The bottom vent I got from Big Poppa smokers, as it is for a medium size fan for use with my DIGI Q. I splurged and bought a cast iron grate from Napoleon. I LOVE it! I can use it without the fan, and with the stack it hits and holds the temps right on the nuts. I use a basket I bought from Jeff on Giveittogodbbq.com
I couldn't be happier. The rest of the parts I got at Home Depot. Here are a few pics.Happy Smoking Farkers!!

JEStucker 12-31-2017 04:09 PM

Temperature be damned... I'm smoking Pork Butt tomorrow.
Meat rubbed and resting, will be ready to go on the UDS in the morning
http://i1305.photobucket.com/albums/...psqmb0zoip.jpg

SmokerKing 12-31-2017 06:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Nuco59 (Post 3925698)
To me, the whole cooking with multiple racks on a UDS is almost more trouble than it's worth. I did 4 good sized briskets on 2 different occasions- I won't do it again. Rotating grates because one cooks at a different temp, meat wrapping, spritzing or flipping are all the pits.

I'm with BigDan- you don't need a ton of different heights. 3 more studs set in a good spot will take care of you just fine.

That being said- if you do need (or think you need) a ton of height options, the setup that Smokerking uses seems to be the best of the bunch.

Agreed, but with a cone top, it gives you more room for adjustability. Meat can be further away from the fire.

With a vertical smoker, I'm in the mindset, as far as away from the fire is best. If I want to get closer, I can.

Hinds15 12-31-2017 07:22 PM

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Originally Posted by breez (Post 3925721)
Hinges work better for multiple grates, they flip up as you lift lower grate and you can flip them up before putting in lower grate.

Any pictures?

el luchador 12-31-2017 07:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Big Dan (Post 3925740)
I completed a new drum smoker last week. I bought the floating hinge assembly from Mark Hunsaker plus the lid handle. The bottom vent I got from Big Poppa smokers, as it is for a medium size fan for use with my DIGI Q. I splurged and bought a cast iron grate from Napoleon. I LOVE it! I can use it without the fan, and with the stack it hits and holds the temps right on the nuts. I use a basket I bought from Jeff on Giveittogodbbq.com
I couldn't be happier. The rest of the parts I got at Home Depot. Here are a few pics.Happy Smoking Farkers!!

Hi. Very nice build. What is the source of that grate?

Big Dan 12-31-2017 08:18 PM

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Originally Posted by el luchador (Post 3925853)
Hi. Very nice build. What is the source of that grate?

Right here:https://www.amazon.com/Napoleon-Char.../dp/B00CYUELZY

NotSoBigDan 12-31-2017 11:06 PM

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Originally Posted by SmokerKing (Post 3925649)
I believe I was the first to utilize the rack guides in a UDS. However, I do not use that style of guide or clip. Here is what I use and they have worked out great for me, for years now;

Lowes track=107828

[IMG]https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/8...923/ZWyMZd.jpg[/IMG]


Lowes bracket= 107820
[IMG]https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/8...924/OCxWlR.jpg[/IMG]

I weld mine in, but you don't need a welder, there are through holes for screws. Sure beats fixed bolts IMO. Allows for complete adjustability for multiple grates.

I also cut the brackets short for the grate support. I keep them long for the diffuser and saucer support;

[IMG]https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/8...923/ijthqt.jpg[/IMG]

I may give this a whirl. My current pilasters are bolted in so this would be the simplest "fix" and it looks like it would end the current issues. I have it setup now for a grate at the top and one 6" below that. The top grate works for most everything except for turkeys. I stand them up on a beer can and almost always do 30 pounders, so I remove the top grate and use the second grate. The domed lid allows for enough room.

About the only time I use two grates at once is for ribs. It works well if do spares on the lower grate and baby backs on the upper. That way I don't need to rotate them. I put the temp probe at the lower grate and the temp difference has them done pretty much at the same time.

el luchador 12-31-2017 11:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Big Dan (Post 3925865)

thanks a bunch

el luchador 01-02-2018 09:48 AM

looking at the 2017 kcbs team of the year results,

it looks like THREE of the top 5 teams are cooking on UDS.

if thats the case, WOW. lowly drum in high places.

2. Shake N Bake bbq
3. Gettin' Basted
5. Big Poppa Smokers.

Can anyone confirm that these teams are indeed cooking on drums?

Hinds15 01-02-2018 07:11 PM

Question for you guys. A business owner local to me is selling 55 gallon drums for 60$ bare metal on the inside with no liners or coatings and was used once to store coconut oil. Is that a fair price? It's appealing to me because I won't have to burn it out.

wihint 01-02-2018 07:40 PM

Hinds that seems fair since it is ready to go. I can get a stainless one here in PHX for about $75. I will never go through the pain of having to burn out a liner etc again.

10miler 01-02-2018 07:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Hinds15 (Post 3926970)
Question for you guys. A business owner local to me is selling 55 gallon drums for 60$ bare metal on the inside with no liners or coatings and was used once to store coconut oil. Is that a fair price? It's appealing to me because I won't have to burn it out.

I can get brand new unlined drums for about that in my area. See if there is a drum retailer close by and check that. If you can get new for the same price Id use that info to drive down the cost of the used drums.

NotSoBigDan 01-02-2018 08:08 PM

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Originally Posted by Hinds15 (Post 3926970)
Question for you guys. A business owner local to me is selling 55 gallon drums for 60$ bare metal on the inside with no liners or coatings and was used once to store coconut oil. Is that a fair price? It's appealing to me because I won't have to burn it out.

I paid $20 for mine and it was the same scenario. Unlined, had been used once for some type of cooking oil. The guy I bought it from is a member here, although I can't remember his username. He owns a recycling business and he'd get the drums from the company that was on the receiving end of the oil purchase. I think he no longer gets them but it might be worthwhile to check with your local recyclers.

In hindsight, I wish I had bought a few as opposed to just the one.

el luchador 01-02-2018 09:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Hinds15 (Post 3926970)
Question for you guys. A business owner local to me is selling 55 gallon drums for 60$ bare metal on the inside with no liners or coatings and was used once to store coconut oil. Is that a fair price? It's appealing to me because I won't have to burn it out.

what part of texas are you in? Im in dallas and a couple of sellers sell the unlined drums for $35.

but even at $60 I would still buy an unlined drum for the convenience. at that price you can still have less than $120 in the cooker.


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