Info on UDS

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by vlap, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. vlap

    vlap Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ok I have searched a bit and asked a few questions on a few threads.

    I will try and consolidate it here. I am thinking of building a uds.

    First: I am sitting here and don't really know where to go to find a drum that is usable. I have drums out in my shop that are perfect aside from the fact they are filled with poisonous chemicals. They are out. Any ideas on where to search for a good drum?

    Second: I know we have some very experienced builders of uds's here. Do we have a detailed step by step on how to build these smokers?

    Third: Are there specialized parts that need to be ordered? Or are all the parts commonly available at a home depot / lowes?

    If there is anything I am not thinking of please fill in the massive blanks [​IMG]

    Thanks in advance to all who can help me.
     
  2. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I can't be of help in finding a drum.
    You do not need to order anything special....any hardware store carries what you need.
    I bought my expanded metal for my coal grate at ACE hardware...also bought the meat rack there. It fits a 22 1/5 inch grill.

    The air nipples I used that go around the bottom for air intake are 3/4 inch, also the ball valve.
    You need a drill with good bits....I used a vari bit (love it)

    You can pick up handles and shelf brackets anywhere too.

    The racks sit on long bolts...they were at ACE hardware too.

    Hmmmm...[​IMG] ..I'll do more thinkin
     
  3. vlap

    vlap Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks cowpatty ;)

    Also... You did yours without welding right?
     
  4. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome BT![​IMG]
     
  5. shellbellc

    shellbellc Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Sure, cowgirl builds one now you you want one!
     
  6. vlap

    vlap Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I will use any excuse I can find to talk to her [​IMG]
     
  7. vlap

    vlap Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Is a food grade drum worth $30? I found some on craigslist.
     
  8. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I'd say so....will make a pretty cheap smoker.
     
  9. geek with fire

    geek with fire Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    While I'm neither an expert on building drums, nor a rep from the EPA, I am one of the biggest tightwads in the world. So these are suggestions from that angle. Dispclaimer: if you don't feel comfortable cutting corners.....don't. I have 3 young kids, and would never put their lives in danger. We've been eating out of my drum for about a month now and nobody has grown a third eye.

    1.) While I would try to avoid harsh chemicals, pretty much any drum will work. If you do your job on the burnout process, the outside paint will be gone. If it gets hot enough to do that, anything on the inside will be safe.

    2.) I use nickel plated grade 8 fasteners; stainless is just too expensive. Yes nickel is bad in a fire. Soak them in a harsh toilet bowl cleaner for about 30 minutes. Rinse with cold water and do it again. (Avoid the fumes as best you can. Works best outside if possible) The fasters will be dark and free of the evil nickel.

    3.) I buy the grates from Weslakes. I get the large Webber 22.5" grate for the top. I also get the small Weber bottom grate for a charcoal basket.

    4.) While at Weslakes, I also pick up a sheet of stainless expanded metal. Can't remember the dimensions, but it is thin and flexible. I cut the thing down the middle to make 2 long sheets. I then use bailing wire to fashion a basket. (I'll try to provide some pictures)

    So with my corner cutting, I was able to build mine for about $75. It is a very good smoker. It's an even better grill. It pitched the old rusty weber and use my drum for anything I grill these days. You can't go wrong Vlap. Enjoy.
     
  10. vlap

    vlap Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I definately appreciate the input! Thank you
     
  11. soberguy

    soberguy Newbie

    I like that option right there.
     
  12. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    whelp, after reading all this about UDS, i tracked down a drum......20 bux for a open top 55gal. drum............LET THE PROCESS BEGIN ! ! ! ! !
     
  13. vlap

    vlap Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Dude, that doesn't help me [​IMG]

    Where did ya find the drum?
     
  14. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    hehehe.........sorry..........but it got me stirred up.....been thinking about it since pigcicles made his

    a petroleum oil place.........they had closed top and open top, the one with the ring to hold the lid on place......i got the open top......it was going to cost me 25 bux, but come to find out, the dude is a backyard neighbor of mine........hehe........so i get it for 20 bux, and he is delivering it to me........with a good burn, it will be fine.........
     
  15. vlap

    vlap Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good work! Also Good Luck!!!
    I hope I can find one. I might have one an hour north of here with a dented lid that still fits. I may go get it tomorrow. I am going to keep looking around here.
     
  16. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

  17. flyin'illini

    flyin'illini Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Vlap, I just went to the back of the plant here (in Detroit where I work) and got one to put in my car. It is for Buck Wheezer. (floor paint was in it) It has a strap on it, too.

    Good luck.
     
  18. sweethanky

    sweethanky Fire Starter

    to bad your not in the aera i could get you one for FREE
     
  19. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    heck hanky.........build one yourself
     

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