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Thread: For James

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Texas Hill country

    Default For James

    I announced to every one when James B. passed that that I was going to build a UDS as a memorial to a special person who was a friend and a respected member of the BBQ community.I completed the build on WED. and seasoned and did the first cook yesterday. I was going to name this pit J.B. but I changed my mind I decided on BIG JIM. Because James was Big of heart.
    I started with a used 1 time drum manufactured on 10-23-09 open head with no Bung.I got a deal on these $10.00 a piece. but it needed burned out to remove the liner.

    The build was pretty straight forward I went with a total of 3 3/ 4" intakes 1 with a ball valve. Pipe caps are PVC on close nipples locked in place with conduit nuts. I used 1" cut washers on all nipples to make the area a little stiffer. There are 2 4" casters and a 12" long foot for stability on the bottom. I installed a conduit wire pass through for my thermo leads and I made a utility shelf from a wooden TV table. The exhaust is a 2" conduit "B" connector. The charcoal basket is a Weber 18" kettle coal grate and the sides are 8" tall Expanded Metal, the bail is from an old plastic hydraulic oil bucket. Painted with two coats of 1200 deg Krylon.

    This drum is really controllable I fired it the first time at 9 AM and ran it up to 225. it drifted up to 228 and down to 223 for 2 hrs. then I ran it up to 325 and held it for an hour then up to 375 for 45 min. Put the caps back on and closed the valve to 3/8 open it settled out at 240. I tossed on a western omelet Fatty and a couple of baked potatoes( breakfast today). Of course I had to christen the first cook with a nice cold mug of Home brew.
    Be kind to me, it's not my fault I'm a "PORK-A-HOLIC"!!
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    Memorial UDS Big Jim

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Carthage, MO


    Very solid build and a very honorable gesture. You are a stand up guy and stood behind your word. Great change up in the name.

    Thank you for sharing this with us and for honoring James in such a great manner. He is smiling down at you.
    Plank Owner ..................
    I didn't fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    San Jose, California, United States


    Drum came out nice!I am sure it makes James very happy when he sees some thin blue rolling out of it!

    Can't wait to see some pictures of some food coming off it!

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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Tulsa, OK


    Quote Originally Posted by californiasmokin View Post
    Drum came out nice!I am sure it makes James very happy when he sees some thin blue rolling out of it!
    Thanks for posting and THANKS for remembering JamesB. I am sure he would welcome the gesture.
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    St Catharines, Ontario, Canada


    All the best BluDawg...

  6. #6
    h20loo is offline Can tell pulled pork from sliced brisket h20loo is an unknown quantity at this point
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Waterloo on. cdn eh!!


    Nice build BluDawg. That could be the picture definition for a perfect UDS!

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    San Diego CA


    Very Nice drum cooker.
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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Ruskin, FL


    Very Nice!
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