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post #1 of 13
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Greetings everyone!


My name is Sean, and I am from Cape Town in South Africa. Spent a few months checking out the forum before finally building my own UDS! Did my first smoke on the 24th of December...


As it stands:

Vents on the bottom to control air flow:
fully open

Top exhaust... also adjustable to control temps

Cooking grate

Thermometer to keep tabs on the temp inside the smoker... currently sitting on 120 degrees celcius.

Puffing away... smoke was a little too thin to see

Silverside that I smoked... I think it's called bottom round in the US. 4 hours at a pretty consistent 120 degrees celcius. Next time I will try to get the fire a little cooler. I really need a meat probe thermometer to check internal temps though, to better know when the meat must come off. As it was, it was a little on the dry side, but still an awesome smokey flavour :smile:

Took two days to make the smoker, mostly because I had to borrow and buy tools and materials as and when I realised I needed them. Learnt a lot with my first smoke... fire was waaaaaaay too hot, and even with all vents closed I struggled to get it below 120 degrees celcius. I used three biggish pieces of rooikrans, which is in the acacia genus, which was a bit of a mistake... definitely burns too hot.


Anyway, next time I will take everything I learnt and use it to better my smoke :D

Edited by Shiizzo - 12/28/11 at 11:02pm
post #2 of 13

Welcome to SMF!


Your photo links are not working.

post #3 of 13


This site has tons of info.

I suggest you spend some time reading all the different forums and the WIKIs.

Ask questions and use the handy dandy search tool for specific interests!!

Take the awesome free E-Course!!!

Have a great day!!!

      Make bacon the easy way!!

post #4 of 13
welcome1.gif glad you join us here at SMF! !!
great people and lots of info here.
post #5 of 13

Welcome, Sean.


Please let us look over your shoulder by sending photos.  We love the photos.  I look forward to seeing them when the PB link begins working.


Enjoy, and take advantage of all the resources available here from all over the world.  GOOD LUCK!

post #6 of 13

Welcome aboard!


Good luck and good smoking.

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post #8 of 13


First off welcome to SMF. You'll really like this place for there are a bunch of really good folks here that would just love to help you with just about anything to do with smoking meat. Then if you have any questions you just post them here or yu can try in chat for a faster answer. If you are really new to all of this I would recommend that you look up and take the e-course. It is free and it will also give you the basics on smoking. So with all that said now go and get something to smoke.


Welcome To Your New Addiction

post #9 of 13

Welcome to the SMF Family...JJ

post #10 of 13

welcome to the forum!

post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the welcome guys! Photo links are working now... I couldn't see this thread after I clicked Submit, so I thought either I wasn't fully registered yet, or someone needed to check the post first...


Anyway, enough excuses... I'll be smoking again either tomorrow or New Years eve... (or maybe even both hehehe)

post #12 of 13

Welcome to SMF glad you can join us.  We are big on Pics and love to help everyone out.  Remember the only question that is dumb is one not asked.  You will not find a friendlier place to talk Que on the web.


You are going to fit in just fine.


Love the Drum Smoker



post #13 of 13

welcome1.gif to SMF. You have come to the right place for smoking info. This site is loaded with great info just use the search bar at top of page to find what you are looking for. If you can't locate the answer just ask folks here are willing to share there knowledge. I suggest you take  the 5 day e-course on smoking its chuck full of great info.Smoking Basics 5-Day eCourse


Nice build on UDS and your Q looked good as well

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