Built my UDS

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by forcedsquint, Jun 19, 2008.

  1. forcedsquint

    forcedsquint Fire Starter

    First I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who helped me out and answered all of my questions before my build. Thanks especially to “bbq bubba” and “BBQ Enthusiast”.

    I put my UDS together last week and have been meaning to post a picture. I'm VERY happy with it. I did ribs last Sunday and they came out great using Billy Bones original rub and cheery wood. I had no problems at all maintaining 240 for 5 hours with very, very little babysitting. I only had to check/adjust the main intake (ball valve) every hour or so. I checked it again two hours after I pulled the ribs and it was still at 200, and I only used one chimney of charcoal with about 12 unlit pieces added in. I totally love it and plan on mounting a handle on the top and a tray on the side.

    Parts list:

    (1) 55 gallon steel drum
    (3) 4" pieces of 3/4" black pipe threaded 2.5" on one end. You can find this in the plumbing section of Home Depot. They will cut it and thread it for $1 per cut. Total price was $5.11.
    (6) 3/4" locking nuts to secure the intake pipes. You can find these in the electrical section of Home Depot.
    (2) 3/4" caps for two of the intakes.
    (1) 3/4" ball valve for the main intake.
    (4) Stainless steel bolts, nuts, and washers to hold the food grate. The bolts are 2.5".
    (1) 22.5" Weber grate that I already had.
    (1) 2" black nipple screwed right into the bung hole in the lid for exhaust.
    (1) Thermometer.


    Other:

    My charcoal "basket" is made from the bottom of an old Brinkman smoker. I just drilled 1" holes all in the bottom and sides. This already had 2" legs on it. I plan on having a 13"X6" basket with 3" legs made from expanded metal soon.

    My food grate is mounted 27" from the bottom and gives me 6.5" of room to the lid. If I need more room I can use the lid from my 22.5" Weber kettle.

    My intakes are mounted 2" from the bottom.

    I seasoned it by spraying it down with Pam and getting it good and hot for a few hours before my first cook.

    If you have a Unibit it really makes drilling the holes for the intakes very easy. I have no leaks anywhere. Can't belive how this thing holds temperature.


     
  2. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks great!![​IMG]
     
  3. fireguy

    fireguy Smoking Fanatic

    good job, would love to make one.... just dont have any room for more toys right now.[​IMG]
     
  4. sweethanky

    sweethanky Fire Starter

    very nice dude[​IMG]
     
  5. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks very nice. [​IMG]
     
  6. jseiber

    jseiber Fire Starter

    Looks good.[​IMG]

    You will like that.
     
  7. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Congrats it looks great [​IMG]
     
  8. cbucher

    cbucher Meat Mopper

    looks good
     
  9. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice...yeah BBQ has been singing the praises of these puppies. I'm convinced. Next drum I come across... done deal.
     
  10. danbury

    danbury Smoking Fanatic

    Nice job!
    Other than my gas grill that I use for weinees and steaks, I got rid of all my other pits except my UDS. That is about all I bbq on now. Can't say enough good things about it.

    Here's some pics of my charcoal basket. Dimensions are 17" x 7" high.
    Clickable thumbs

    P.S., Since these pictures were taken I have replaced the feet shown in picture with 1/2" round rod (3" long) welded to basket)





     
  11. sumosmoke

    sumosmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    This is a helpful thread you started by posting the necessary items for a UDS build. Thanks for taking the time to put the list together! [​IMG]
     
  12. Any pics of the inside F.S. ? Looks sweet ! I want.
     
  13. safety1

    safety1 Fire Starter SMF Premier Member

    I would LOVE to make one of these, but with me being in rural SE Montana, I can not find a steel drum that would be suitable for food. I have found a few but I would end up paying with body parts to get it here. Geat job on the build! Let us know how it works and make us drewl with some Q-view.
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  14. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to the Drumhead Nation!! [​IMG]
     
  15. bbq enthusiast

    bbq enthusiast Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    Oh ya!![​IMG] Your hooked now. I also liked the write up. [​IMG]
     
  16. vince

    vince StickBurners SMF Premier Member

    very nice job, I like to make one sometime soon.
     

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