UDS mod question

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by pitbull, Nov 26, 2009.

  1. pitbull

    pitbull Fire Starter

    I need some advice.
    I built a basic UDS after my Char-griller smokin pro rusted back into mother earth.
    Here it is:

    I have a turkey in it today. It has 2 racks inside about 6 inches apart from each other. The top rack is about 8 inches below the top of the drum.
    The rack mounts are simply eye bolts with 1/4-20 nuts inside and out.
    Now... My coals and wood should be good for about 4 -5 hours. At that time I will need to remove the bird and the top rack, then remove the second rack which has the catch pan on it, re-stoke and then replace the racks and the bird.
    There has to be a better way to do this without cutting an opening in the bottom for access to the fire basket.
    Any ideas?
  2. gramason

    gramason Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I tend to get around a 8 to 10 hour burn in my UDS. What type of set up do you have for your coals.
  3. pitbull

    pitbull Fire Starter

    Its a wire mesh basket about 10 inches in diameter and 8 inches tall.
    Has legs on that keep it about 3 inches off the bottom of the drum.
  4. rw willy

    rw willy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Why the drip pan? If no use for it (gravy) I would not have it in there. ALso later fabricate a larger firebox. Other then that, no real help from me. Sorry
    Happy T-day
  5. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Without a door you'll be pulling it all out like ya said. I put a door on mine when I out parted my ECB. Works rather well for me.
  6. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Your basket could be a lttle larger but I don't think that's the big problem.

    The problem is likely your catch pan on the second rack. They really cause MUCH shorter burn times on a UDS.

    My basket is 13.5" in diameter by 8" tall and it sits 3" off the bottom of the drum. I can go 16+ hours on a single load of fuel with no drip pan or deflector plate. I tested a deflector plate to use under certain circumstances and I would be lucky to get 12 hours with a plate in place.


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