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Old 09-09-2015, 11:34 AM   #12541
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Darn, with all intakes open, I don't get it hot enough :-( I guess I messed the starting procedure :-)
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Old 09-09-2015, 12:08 PM   #12542
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Darn, with all intakes open, I don't get it hot enough :-( I guess I messed the starting procedure :-)
Find N8Man's thread on this. This is your starting point.

ETA: Here it is: http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh....php?p=1682070

The BigMista mod is to fill your chimney halfway, instead of the 10-15 N8Man uses.

The pyro Mod is to leave the lid off after putting the fire basket in. I don't recommend this because you can burn up your fuel too fast (and possibly your surrounding areas), and lose control over your temps.

But depending on the wind conditions, you may have to use the SmokinJohn mod. Place one or two chimneys over the exhaust port.

One of these three will get those temps up.
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Old 09-09-2015, 01:20 PM   #12543
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Find N8Man's thread on this. This is your starting point.

ETA: Here it is: http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh....php?p=1682070

The BigMista mod is to fill your chimney halfway, instead of the 10-15 N8Man uses.

The pyro Mod is to leave the lid off after putting the fire basket in. I don't recommend this because you can burn up your fuel too fast (and possibly your surrounding areas), and lose control over your temps.

But depending on the wind conditions, you may have to use the SmokinJohn mod. Place one or two chimneys over the exhaust port.

One of these three will get those temps up.
Thanks, man! I'll look into those!

I must admit, despite heavy problems, my chicken drums had a nice smoke ring around them, but i had to put them on a grill for a few minutes to finish. I was happy, but I know this is not what i am shooting for. There was pretty strong wind blowing... When the wind settled, my UDS settled aswell. I think i will be practicing more and more, and cook better and better food. Chicken drums are cheap starting point.
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Old 10-16-2015, 12:25 PM   #12544
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Great pics. Good to see this thread is still going.
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Old 10-19-2015, 10:53 PM   #12545
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Howdy! I am working on my 2nd UDS and found a great closed -lid organic coconut oil drum (unlined). I don't want to use a Weber lid, but want to fabricate my own. I am considering a 16 ga plate with a welded 1" ring around the edge and another ring about 10" diameter to add some stiffener near the center.
Does anyone have some advice for fabricating the lid? My friend tried the same concept, but there was a lot of smoke escaping out the side and could not get the temps to drop, even with most of the intakes closed.

Thanks!
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Old 10-20-2015, 04:16 AM   #12546
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Howdy! I am working on my 2nd UDS and found a great closed -lid organic coconut oil drum (unlined). I don't want to use a Weber lid, but want to fabricate my own. I am considering a 16 ga plate with a welded 1" ring around the edge and another ring about 10" diameter to add some stiffener near the center.
Does anyone have some advice for fabricating the lid? My friend tried the same concept, but there was a lot of smoke escaping out the side and could not get the temps to drop, even with most of the intakes closed.
Thanks!
Using another section of a drum would be easier and should fit very well if done correctly. The smaller ring welded inside the top would take away from the 1" ring you would be using for height. And not give you much extra space if that make sense. I don't think you would need a stiffener. If you have a beading tool, you could roll stiffeners into the top with the raised section on the top/out side of the lid. Just a thought
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Old 10-20-2015, 05:50 AM   #12547
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Howdy! I am working on my 2nd UDS and found a great closed -lid organic coconut oil drum (unlined). I don't want to use a Weber lid, but want to fabricate my own. I am considering a 16 ga plate with a welded 1" ring around the edge and another ring about 10" diameter to add some stiffener near the center.
Does anyone have some advice for fabricating the lid? My friend tried the same concept, but there was a lot of smoke escaping out the side and could not get the temps to drop, even with most of the intakes closed.

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Old 10-20-2015, 03:47 PM   #12548
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built my cousins UDS w/2 racks high lid fom 2nd drum and painted it last weekend fired it up last saturday season burn with wild cherryat 350 for 3 hrs then backed down to 250 tried to go lower but it wanted to hold at 250 so threw on 2 fatties 1 naked 1 bacon wrapped seasoned the MOINK BALLS have to say best MOINK~s I have done yet. it held 250 like a champ.
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Old 10-20-2015, 04:13 PM   #12549
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here is some pron
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Old 10-22-2015, 03:10 PM   #12550
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New to the UDS Forum. Been Smok'n for about a year. Have built 2 UDS. Look forward to learning and sharing. Added some pictures of this past weekend's cook.




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Old 10-23-2015, 10:06 AM   #12551
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New to the UDS Forum. Been Smok'n for about a year. Have built 2 UDS. Look forward to learning and sharing. Added some pictures of this past weekend's cook.




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Old 10-23-2015, 11:08 PM   #12552
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Ok ... Time for my first serious UDS post ...

Looking at building my first UDS... One small problem I've encounted is that all the 55's I've found are from scrap yards and beyond repair but I have located a plethora of 44's.

Has anyone tried a 44 build and is there any difference between the two in regards to cook times ...
Obviously sizing is going to be a factor with space for racks and fire pit size ...

Thanks for the input !!
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Old 10-24-2015, 04:17 AM   #12553
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One small problem I've encounted is that all the 55's I've found are from scrap yards and beyond repair but I have located a plethora of 44's. Has anyone tried a 44 build and is there any difference between the two in regards to cook times ...
Obviously sizing is going to be a factor with space for racks and fire pit size ...

Thanks for the input !!
As long as you can either build or buy grates to fit and make a coal basket, no problem at all. From 16 gal/30 gal on up.
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Old 11-05-2015, 04:22 AM   #12554
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Going to make my first UDS, got a 200 Litre Drum with a removeable lid and clip. Im in the UK so are there any threads specific to the UK folks with regards to sourcing parts available here?
Im hoping to get it ready for new years eve so everyone can bring in the new year with pulled pork barms and loads of beer
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Old 11-06-2015, 01:18 PM   #12555
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Burned it out last night. Going for as easy as possible build using kiss method. It's winter here in uk so I managed to find a 57cm kettle bbq for £20 which I plan to use the parts for.
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