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post #1 of 13
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hi everybody just joined. my real name is dave and i live in batavia,il (far far west burbs of chicago)

was in the navy from 75-79 stationed in key west . im a bow hunter as well as target shooter.  like turning wood and working with metal. im gonna build a UDS and have no clue as to what im getting into,  but what ive seen it dont look that hard. except for all the txt wording. am not a txter so it all greek to me.

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Welcome to the SMF family!  UDS should be an easy build for someone handy.  I'm a fellow wood turner as well.  A bonus is that I use chips from my turnings to smoke (when appropriate)!  The ultimate in getting the most out of both hobbies.

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Hey Dave welcome to SMF - In the main fourms page there is a section called Smoking Supplies and Equipment - as a subtitle is UDS builds

Here is the link


YOu will find lots of good info there

post #4 of 13
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thx but ive been there, lots to take in for a rookie

post #5 of 13
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what to you turn,spindle, bowl, hollow,seg, or a little of each

post #6 of 13

Dave welcome to SMF glad you joined us. Good luck with the build and has been said it's not really that hard to do. Have fun and enjoy another addiction once you get started

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welcome to the smoke train friend

post #8 of 13

First off Welcome Dave to SMF. You'll like it here for there are alot of really good folks here that would just love to help you with just about anything to do with smoking. Now there are alot of proven recipes for some amazing things here too. So if you need sign up for the E-Course it's free and it will give you the basics of smoking and some good methods to use also. So the next big thing for you to do is go out and get you something to smoke and if you happen to have any questions just post it here and we will be happy to answer them for you.


Welcome To Your New Addiction     

post #9 of 13

Welcome Dave! You'll be up and running in no time! Glad to have you join us.

post #10 of 13



Hi Dave, Welcome to SMF, Glad to have you with us.

This is the place to learn, lots of good info and helpful friendly Members.

For those of you new to Smoking, be sure to check out Jeff's 5 Day Smoking Basics eCourse.

Click Here it's "FREE" ... 5 Day eCourseE

post #11 of 13

Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview.

post #12 of 13
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thanks 4all the tips hope to get a drum soon i got lots of feelers out but, its a no show so far. has anybody made a lower vent system going to all 4 vents by way of a single upright ball valve. if i were to do this would i need to increase or decrease the pipe size further away from the ball valve. im thinking  of taking a lg fitting from the top lid (replaced with a Weber lid for added space) and welding it along the bottom of drum opposite the main intake and piping the other vents into one vertical valve with 2 90* elbows on top past the valve to keep out rain water. im thinking the further away from the valve the pipe would get progressively bigger as it works back toward the welded fitting so the air flow would be more or less equal. or does it need to go from bigger to smaller. i would also like to make a baffle drip pan inside so the drippings drain into a tapered bowl where the drain would self seal itself as the drippings get deeper in the bowl. im also thinking i would like to get a water heater blanket to go around the outside or building it into an insulated box. or im i trying to over do this rather than KISS (keep it simple stupid).

post #13 of 13

Welcome Dave!  Another woodworker here (my son and I turn a lot of pens, bowls, chess pieces and will be doing balusters here pretty soon) who has, on occasion, taken some of my chips/shavings to the smoker! 



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