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Thread: My first uds

  1. #1
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    Default My first uds

    well its my first smoker ever to be exact...im kinda new to this but i have done my homework and heres what i got

    used a weed burned and steel wool to prep the drum


    built a fire basket



    made a "port" for the 12 inch thermometer probe



    used conduit caps for the lid when not in use or when im extinguishing the coals



    and a pic of it completed



    and i cant go through all that without actually smoking some meat!!!





    maybe one day ill get a real camera and take better pictures... i love the UDS so far

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    that is a sausage fatty with caramelized onions and cheddar cheese

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    Looks Great! There just simply Isn't anything to NOT like about a UDS!
    Bill

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    Nice job.
    Jim

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    Looks good Bill. I would make two small suggestions. First, replace those nipples with some shorter ones so you don't trip or bang your shins on them. Also, a larger diameter fire basket will spread the heat more evenly
    Master Cabinetmaker,KCBS Certified Judge,Student of the smoking arts,All around gear head
    Ugly drum smoker,Chargriller,Custom Backwoods Chubby,Bellfab backyard model

    "I love what mine cause, whats mine is all mine. Gives me a reason to go get more"- John Popper, Blues Traveler.

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    i live in an area where black steel pipes are hard to come by...this was what i was able to get at the time...still had to mail order and pay more then i wanted...and yes i have tripped on the pipes before...as far as the fire basket...i plan to weld the expanded steel directly to the outside rim of the grate....giving me a few extra inches in diameter ....still a work in progress...thanks for all the input

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    Just a little warning. Building these can be addictive. I've built 6 so far. I still have 4 of them for myself!
    4 Home built UDS
    Brinkman s-n-p converted to vertical

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    Quote Originally Posted by zinkman311 View Post
    i live in an area where black steel pipes are hard to come by...this was what i was able to get at the time...still had to mail order and pay more then i wanted...and yes i have tripped on the pipes before...as far as the fire basket...i plan to weld the expanded steel directly to the outside rim of the grate....giving me a few extra inches in diameter ....still a work in progress...thanks for all the input
    Take a peek at the basket i built for mine .Give you an idea ,mine is 17'' diameter 1.5 '' legs on the bottom.

    Looks real good though .I wouda burnt the inside first though with some pallet wood or something .That's how i did mine anyhow.
    LOve to grill and eat .
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    Steve

    4% of something that tastes like nothing is probably not needed.

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    Looks like you're off to a great start Bill.

    Stump's Stretch
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    as far as using pallet wood as a first burn....good idea...but i used a propane weed burner....got the out and inside very good.....and then after sanding with steel wool..i rubbed the inside very well with veg oil....and did a 10 hour cook with no food.....after that i cooked a 2 lb fatty and have been using it often since....so pallet wood = good idea (if you dont have a propane weed burner)

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