My UDS build

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by jhtitan, May 19, 2015.

  1. jhtitan

    jhtitan Newbie

    Hello everyone, I recently decided I wanted to try my hand at smoking meat I love grilling and used to have a large smoker style grill. It had a pan to hold wet wood chips and added a nice flavor to my grilling. Sadly it was done for and my new grill just doesn't compare.

    Anyway. I didn't get a lot of build progression pics as I am really bad at remembering to take pics.

    So here is a before and after pic as well as the results of my first smoke.

    I drilled my holes for 3/4" pipe nipples, rack support bolts and temp probe.

    I burned out the drum to remove the oil residue and paint. I had a pallet and a bunch of scrap wood laying around that needed somewhere to go. Feeding the burnout fires was a good use for it all.

    My charcoal basket I used a mini Weber grill grate and some expanded metal. It holds a 15lb bag perfectly.

    My first burn to season the barrel and bake on the engine paint I used I let it go for about 3 hours at 250°F for a few hours, then opened it up to 350°F for about 3 hours then dropped it back down to 250°F to cook the chops. I left the chops on for 2 hours but probably could have pulled them off about 30 mins sooner as my internal temp was about 180°F

    All in all I am very happy with the results, I have a pork butt thawing for this weekend as well as a whole chicken. We will see how well I do on a long smoke.

    Here is the before:

    and after:

    and here are my chops. I left them on a bit longer than needed but man they were awesome!

    After her first bite my wife stopped complaining about my build and asked what we were smoking next. I love to see her and my kids faces light up when I cook something good. The only complaint was my rub ended up a tad spicy, I thought it was perfect myself.

    Anyway, The build is not completely finished. I am in process of forging handles for the lid and the drum as well as a rack to hag utensils from and a wood cutting board style shelf or 2 with forged brackets. I am also planning to forge most of my utensils.
  2. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    Looks good. If you are anything like me you will never be done building it. Every time I use mine I think of something else to add or change. But that is the beauty of a UDS, you can do whatever you want.
  3. jhtitan

    jhtitan Newbie

    You are correct, I will probably be adding or changing things for as long as I have it. I am still looking for a Weber lid to top it off, I may have one coming tho. We will see.

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