Could this work for a UDS.

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by joshgrillinlawn, Aug 11, 2015.

  1. Hey y'all, I work at an auto dealership and repair shop.
    They have these old black oil changing barrels, about 35 gallon tanks. Y'all think they could work as a UDS?

    Thanks, Josh.
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2015
  2. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Heck yea!!!    Looks like the top can be cut off and a hinge put on it too.     It'll be a fantastic mini UDS
  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks like you could build a whole fleet of them! Before you go cutting and sawing make sure they are cleaned out really good. Don't want to spark a fire!
  4. zjaybird

    zjaybird Meat Mopper

    I could be way off here, as I have not been keeping up with all the improvements to the UDS builds....but I would think with that small of a container, you will be looking at having to add a water pan to it.    Ask around
  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    No water pan needed in any smoker. Maybe a diffuser for super low temp cooks, but not a water pan. There are lots of mini-UDS builds that work great.
  6. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Like dirtsaylor said, no water pan needed.  A simple diffuser works fine on low cooks and many times that isn't needed either. 
  7. I may have found a 55 gallon dru. I do think it would be tough to clean out those oil tanks.
    Plus I'd like to have more space for smoking.
    Thanks guys.
  8. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    I tend to go to my smaller cookers more than the 55 gallon cooker.  You can cook a bunch in the small ones. This cooker is smaller than your oil drums and you're looking at 44 lbs of pork butts in it....5 1/2 hour cook.

  9. Plus those oil cans look like they are thicker steel as long as you run water and a good degreaser through it before cutting it open you should be good to go. the rest you can just burn off alot of people on here like to get pallets cut them up and burn out the drum really well before putting any hardware in it. but if you do this be sure to drill the necessary holes before you burn to insure more O2 flow 
  10. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    If you flush it out then fill it full of water before you cut then you shouldn't have an issue. Sure it is messy since the water gets everywhere while you cut but it is hard to start a fire underwater. 

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