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Old 05-23-2018, 10:30 PM   #1
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I had a UDS



but got tired of lifting n lowering the charcoal basket into the drum (back problems) and pulling top grate of meat off to get to the 2nd grate so i sold it and got a single wall cabinet off craigslist. it was a Fuel Hog on charcoal so I insulated and skinned it. Not bad now,



But then I got the Old Country Gravity Fed so don't need the DIY insulated cabinet so it's For Sale. I'd like to get a smaller lighter more Portable insulated cabinet smoker (the DIY insulated cabinet takes 2 Guys to load n unload -the Wife ain't much Help) like the Humphrey's Long Weekender or Guru Shotgun but I can't Afford One....





Soooooo I may build another UDS. I still wont like the things I didn't like about the UDS but I won't use it much. It'll be my Outer Towner Smoker........light enough to load in my truck and I can deal with the loading of the charcoal basket and the pulling of top grate - occassionally.....

if I build a UDS I'm thinking I'll put the Bastardized WSm Door on it - would allow me to check meat on 2nd grate.......

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Old 05-23-2018, 10:35 PM   #4
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NAH,,,, Not knocking Hunsaker but I can Build One Cheaper (won't be powder coated or as Snazzy looking.....) and I want a door on it.........at least for probing meat even if I have to take out the top grate to get meat out....... need to be able to do 1-2 briskets , 2-4 racks of Ribs and a pan of Beans.......
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Old 05-23-2018, 10:43 PM   #5
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC0Gud4kS1g

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mv2eEIYkxKI&t=122s
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like this one but I'll put the door higher and no tube risers :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0qrL1cOEYw
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That Longhorn UDS looks like someone threw up on their barrel.
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That Longhorn UDS looks like someone threw up on their barrel.
First Off - That doesn't even make sense......

Secondly - It's Beautiful........
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I've played with a lot of home made smokers (I'm broke too). I can't find anything to hate on a good UDS BUT the pain of juggling racks... and making 2 UDS takes care of that.

BTW- that Longhorn UDS... wow- " a touch too much" IMO- but it's his creation. /shrug
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Why don't you hang meat in an uds? I have seen it done.
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Can you make a basket that can fit in and out of the door to help the back?
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https://www.hunsakersmokers.com/coll...ts/hybrid-rack

You could probably knock this off. I want a hybrid rack but its expensive.
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What size are Hunsaker, Gateway n Ironside charcoal baskets.?
I made my last one but it was bigger than needed and so Heavier than needed........
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That Longhorn UDS looks like someone threw up on their barrel.
You're right, that is one super-ugly Longhorn version . . . but then again I'm an OU grad . . . .
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Why don't you hang meat in an uds? I have seen it done.
I do this sometimes on bigger cooks, works great and and is easy to do.

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