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  1. #1
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    Default Building a basic drum smoker (UDS)

    Seems the need for a basic build tutorial.
    Let me say, i am not the inventer of the UDS. I learned from many masters before me, but have built and cooked enough on them to know how they work!


    Here's your basic build for a UDS.

    Start by dividing your drum into 3 segments and draw a level line from top to bottom.




    Now mark and drill 1" holes, 2" from the bottom for your intakes. The step bits are nice but expensive. I prefer a good 1" holesaw. I can get about 3 barrels cut before the bit fails.




    Mark 7" from the top and drill 1/4" holes for the cooking grate bolts




    I use 1/4" x 2" bolts for my grate support




    Install 3-3/4" close nipples (thread right into a nicely cut hole) with caps and a 3/4" ball valve for your intakes.
    I have actually switched over to magnets for this.
    Cheaper and no rust/ knock-off problems.




    By imn88fan

    Firebasket consists of a 12" x 24" piece of expando that was cut in half, rolled and fastened in a circle and attached to a grate with 3-3 1/2x3/8 bolts installed as feet to keep the basket off the bottom of the barrel for better circulation. I find the 17" Weber charcoal grates work the best for this!



    A Weber 22 1/2" replacement grate works best but the $9.00 knock-offs work fine.


    By imn88fan

    Exhaust can be either the 2" bung in the lid or drill 8 1/2" holes evenly spaced around the lid.


    By imn88fan

    Shelf mod...a couple of 4" shelf brackets work great!




    Handles and an 8" piece of PVC for an exhaust...(check the dollar store for these handles!)



    Weber Kettle lid and fat mans intake extension handle mod...







    Don't let the simplcity fool ya, drums do VERY well at comps.!


    By imn88fan

    I will attempt to add a full parts list soon but as you can see, especially if you go the magnet route, you can build a nice smoker for under a hundred bucks!

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    I don't know what the actual temp is, but it cooks the way I want it to, so I don't guess it really matters.

  2. #2
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    Default Building a basic drum smoker (UDS)

    This is to build a no frills UDS....

    1-1" holesaw or stepbit
    1-3/4" nipple
    1-3/4" ballvalve
    2 fridge magnets for intakes
    3 handles w/ sheetmetal screws
    22" Weber grate
    17" charcoal grate
    3-2" x 1/4 bolts with double nuts for grate holder
    12" x 24" expando
    3-3 1/2" x 3/8 bolts with double nuts and fender washers for basket feet
    4-1/4" x 1" bolts with nuts and double washers for charcoal basket
    Bailing wire to tie expando to charcoal grate.
    Heavy gage wire for basket handle
    If your not using the 2" bung for an exhaust, you'll need a 1/2 drill bit or step bit to drill exhaust holes in lid.
    Rubbed, Smoked and Sauced BBQ Team sponsored by Barsleaks/Rislone
    Authorized Backwoods dealer.
    B.O.D. GLBBQA
    Pitmaster - Lockharts BBQ of Royal Oak
    Owner-Great Lakes BBQ Supply Co.

    I don't know what the actual temp is, but it cooks the way I want it to, so I don't guess it really matters.

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