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Turning a ugly barrel into a Non ugly UDS "The Silver Smoker"

post #1 of 34
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Step 1, made a little dolly for it and sampled some metallic silver paint. 

 

The next step will be drilling some holes and doing the burn out. 

post #2 of 34

You're off to a good start...popcorn.gif

 

Red

post #3 of 34
Can't wait to see pics of your finished product
post #4 of 34

looks good. i am a UDS smoker. i have a post of my build.

happy smoken.

david

post #5 of 34

Looking good so far.  I'm interested in the equipment in your Avatar and also something looks interesting on the right of your UBS along with the bottom left. Hmmmmm!  I smell smoke.

 

Tom

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Originally Posted by Mr T 59874 View Post

Looking good so far.  I'm interested in the equipment in your Avatar and also something looks interesting on the right of your UBS along with the bottom left. Hmmmmm!  I smell smoke.

 

Tom

Tom it's just a chiminea to the right and the old faithful kettle grill on the left. 

 

The avatar is a very old potbelly stove that i put a turkey fryer burner in the very bottom of (right under neath the shaker grate) and i piped it to a home made pine smoke box...I also attached a Smoke Daddy onto the smoke box.  I mostly use it when the weather is inclement, cook smoked baked potatoes or corn on the cob when i have the other grills doing other things or it's a great warmer for things i've cooked on the other grills.  I also use it for cold smoking.  The thing that is attached to it is a clamp on grill light. 

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Originally Posted by FWIsmoker View Post

Tom it's just a chiminea to the right and the old faithful kettle grill on the left. 

 

The avatar is a very old potbelly stove that i put a turkey fryer burner in the very bottom of (right under neath the shaker grate) and i piped it to a home made pine smoke box...I also attached a Smoke Daddy onto the smoke box.  I mostly use it when the weather is inclement, cook smoked baked potatoes or corn on the cob when i have the other grills doing other things or it's a great warmer for things i've cooked on the other grills.  I also use it for cold smoking.  The thing that is attached to it is a clamp on grill light. 

You have some great equipment there for sure.  Now you have my guts rumbling.  One thing we miss being from your area is the steamed sweet corn party's come picking time.  Different ones would plant different corns and we would move the equipment to whom ever's corn was ready.  Miss those tomatoes and melons also.

 

Tom

post #8 of 34
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Drilled holes and did a burn out on it...you don't need to see pics of that but HOLY CRAP how these things hold temp.   I am totally floored, i have the ET -732 in it now and  the barrel has very very little coals burning and it's sitting at 220 steady as can be. 

 

 

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post #9 of 34

my first smoke on my UDS was a overnight brisket. lite it set it and go to bed. slept like a baby. it did great. i wish the ugly girls i went out with could do that all night. ok that was a bad mule hit.gif.

 we wanna see more pics of the build. th_nopicsye3.gif then pics of someth_Slab_of_meat.gif. make us Drool!!! as Kat would say. make us want more!

happy smoken.

david

post #10 of 34
Yes more pics please. I want to make one. Need more info.
post #11 of 34
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OK, i did the burn out and decided to dry fit a few parts.

 

 

 

 

As you see i had to make sure the most IMPORTANT part fitted ok.

 

Hope you can see this ok but this is something i really like, the basket lifts up for grilling and searing...it's a couple of inches right below the cooking grate. 

 

The next step is some sanding, cleaning it up, painting and assembling the parts.....Hopefully i'll have the first cook this weekend. 

post #12 of 34
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A little more dry fitting... I also dry fitted the bottom vent covers but will need an extra set of hands when i put them on permanently. 

 

The ET-732 will fit nicely, still have to drill a hole for the probe wires though.

post #13 of 34

Lookin' good, fire it up!

post #14 of 34

i have to ask. what are you going to use for dampers? i don't see a way to control the heat.

happy smoken.

david

post #15 of 34
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i have to ask. what are you going to use for dampers? i don't see a way to control the heat.

happy smoken.

david

 

I have 2 of these sliding vents...similar to how a Kamado vent works.    This is a pre-engineered drum smoker kit from Big Poppas Smokers that lets you smoke as well as grill and sear.....first class stainless steel parts.    I still have to wire brush and clean the drum up, paint it and then fully assemble it.   Hopefully Sunday i'll be doing some ribs on it.      I'm painting it the metalic silver and am making shelves that attach to the dolly. Lots of more work to go!

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Oh i'm also  making the kettle lid to fit on it ...just for the times i want to use another cooking level. As soon as i find a donor lid i'll tackle that part. 

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I have 2 of these sliding vents...similar to how a Kamado vent works.    This is a pre-engineered drum smoker kit from Big Poppas Smokers that lets you smoke as well as grill and sear.....first class stainless steel parts.    I still have to wire brush and clean the drum up, paint it and then fully assemble it.   Hopefully Sunday i'll be doing some ribs on it.      I'm painting it the metalic silver and am making shelves that attach to the dolly. Lots of more work to go!

ok now i see. to begin with i was thinking no control. i have a BGE which is the same thing. here is a link to my UDS build.http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/138685/mules-delux-uds-build-with-divorced-smoke-chamber-for-amnps-lots-of-pics. it smokes great. holds temp well. i can't wait to see pics when you get finished. pics of the ribs too.

happy smoken.

david

post #18 of 34
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Yea David i did lots of home work on this before i committed to it, including looking at your build.  Seeing how much everyone loved their uds made me do it.  The only way this build is different from other UDS's besides the vent controls is the extra position for the charcoal basket that allows you to lift it up to the cooking grate for grill/sear.

post #19 of 34
Thread Starter 

Cleaned w/ angle grinder and wire brush. Cleaned it w/ low odor mineral spirit seasoned with linseed oil inside and lid..... and FINALLY painted!

 

 

Parts on tomorrow, seasoning tomorrow and ribs on Sunday!


Edited by FWIsmoker - 5/2/13 at 6:33pm
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Cleaned w/ angle grinder and wire brush. Cleaned it w/ low odor mineral spirit and linseed oil inside and lid..... and FINALLY painted!

 

i see TBS in your future.110.gif

happy smoken.

david

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