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Thread: New UDS

  1. #21
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    Nice Start! Looking forward to first cook!
    Jerry.Hickory Grove BBQ
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  2. #22
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    Default Update on charcoal basket

    Hands of my drill!

    I had my brother-in-law wire weld the expandable metal to the weber charcoal grate.

    I added three 2 inch bolts for legs. I see some people used 3 inch bolts for legs. Hopefully its not that big of deal.




    I added two hook "thingys" as handles.

    Last edited by Scarfinger68; 04-18-2010 at 09:07 PM. Reason: Caption

  3. #23
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    The height off the bottom of the drum is fairly critical to th proper air flow through the fuel. If the fire doesn't burn right, that would be the first thing I would alter.

    I could be wrong, but I think I remember a thread here and there where folks had prollems because they didn't get the basket up high enough.

    If it doesn't work right, it would not be a prollem to add three 3" bolts though, huh?

    Looks great!

  4. #24
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    Default How about 2 1/2 in legs

    Initially I was thiking I needed more distance from the cooking grate. 7 inches down from the top plus 6 inch expandable metal width and 2.5 inch legs = 16.5 inches between the heat and the food.

    Any thoughts?

    I am guessing as long as the charcoal gets enough air and I can regulate the temperature well then everyhting will be fine.

  5. #25
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarfinger68 View Post
    Hands of my drill!

    I had my brother-in-law wire weld the expandable metal to the weber charcoal grate.

    I added three 2 inch bolts for legs. I see some people used 3 inch bolts for legs. Hopefully its not that big of deal.




    I added two hook "thingys" as handles.

    Shore looks like mine!

    You might be OK with the 2" bolts. Me, I like to go 3-3.5. That sets the bottom of the basket well above the intakes drilled at 2" from the bottom.

    Hook "thingies" are a nice touch. A little more sophisitcated than my coat hanger handle thingy.
    "Once I thought I was wrong, but I was mistaken."
    Tom, smoker of meats and fine cigars
    UDS, Vicking grill


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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarfinger68 View Post
    Initially I was thiking I needed more distance from the cooking grate. 7 inches down from the top plus 6 inch expandable metal width and 2.5 inch legs = 16.5 inches between the heat and the food.

    Any thoughts?

    I am guessing as long as the charcoal gets enough air and I can regulate the temperature well then everyhting will be fine.
    You will find out when you use it. Be sure to post your results for others.

    You might also want to consider how much room there is for ash under the fire as it burns.

    also, it is important that the air to be able to flow up from underneath the fire. It has to be able to breath.

  7. #27
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    Default cleaning the drum

    Started back on my UDS project. Today I cleaned the inside of the barrel with a palm sander using 50 grit sandpaper for metal surfaces. Also a 4 inch wire wheel coarse for rust.

    It didn't come out as clean as most the other pictures I see on this forum. I think it is good enough though.

    Tools


    Drum half way cleaned.


    Drum after rinsing it out with water and drying it out with a towel


    Back to work

  8. #28
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    Looking pretty good...not a bad job at all.
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  9. #29
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    Looks like a fine job. The battle is all but over now. Just throw it together, get her seasoned up, and smoke up some tastey groceries.
    Plank Owner ..................
    I didn't fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian!



  10. #30
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    Default Completed

    Doing a test run as we speak. Its a little late but I could not wait.

    Completed basket with pizza pan catch. I decided to take smokeys wise and sound advice and go with a larger bolt for the basket legs.

    Choose 3 1/2 inch



    My wife holding the basket


    Sitting in the drum



    Rubbed the drum down with lard and got some charcoal in the chimney getting ready for seasoning.

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