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First time UDS build with pictures

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Hey guys, I started my first UDS project yesterday and I thought I'd share my progress with y'all.

 

A couple things:

I bought a food-grade drum for $15 that had a green exterior and a yellow liner (it used to hold apple juice) because I couldn't find any reasonably priced unlined drums.

I wasn't sure how tough it was to get the liner off, so I was a little worried.

 

I pulled out my angle grinder with a wire wheel and tried it before the burnout.  This was the result:

Came off extremely easy.  However, I didn't want to wirewheel the whole thing off, and I needed to do a burn anyways, so I burnt it out.

 

Drilled four 1" holes with a step bit for intake, filled it up with some 2X4's and let 'er burn:

 

 

 

 

 

 

With a little bit of pre-Fourth of July fireworks for good measure:

 

 

Emptied it out, rinsed it with a hose, and wiped it with some denatured alcohol then hit it with some orange spray paint (Go Tigers!):

 

 

 

 

That's all I've done so far, about to go back out right not to work on it some more.  I bought a cheap kettle grill from Walmart that has a hinge I want to attach to the barrel, so we'll see how that goes.  I'll provide more pictures later today.

post #2 of 15
Been thinking about buying that same kettle so please don't forget to let us know how it works out for you. Thanks for sharing!
post #3 of 15
I built two last week using the Kettle lid and hinges. Fit perfectly. Good luck, you'll love them.... JB
post #4 of 15
Twins!
post #5 of 15

looks like your on your way to a UDS. they cook real well. post more pics as you have time.

Happy smoken.

David

post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 

Well I finished the thing yesterday, I'll post pictures when I get the chance.  The kettle lid was a bit too small to fit on the barrel snug so I had to find a way to make it fit.  I decided to cut off the lip of the bottom of the grill and attach it to the drum (I cut it so I could stretch it to fit the drum, you can see it in the pictures).  All I needed to do to the hinges was drill some new holes in them because they didn't line up perfectly.  Overall I was surprised at how well everything fit together, with this being my first time and all.  The picture are on my phone and I will upload them in a bit.

 

PS I smoked 10 pound of pork belly for bacon and a 9 lb pork shoulder in the thing and they were both absolutely delicious (first time smoking, too!)
 

post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 

One 9.4 lbs. pork belly (cut into two pieces) going on for the inaugural smoke:

 

 

After 6 hours at 215 degrees:


 

 

Slicing:

 

 

 

Took the skin off as it was rather tough while eating:

 

 

 

 

9 lbs. pork shoulder after rub

 

 

Shoulder getting smoked

 

 

After 12 hours at 235 degrees:

 

 

 

 

Sliced up bacon, a little out of order

 

Everything was absolutely delicious and worked out better than I expected

post #8 of 15

 Well done CB!!!  Welcome to the drum club!!!

 

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post #9 of 15

You'll love the drum!   Here's a mod i did that'll help you with your probe wires. Definitely the best mod I did besides putting on a ATC. 

 

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/140549/maverick-owners-probe-eyelet-solution-sealed

post #10 of 15

looks great. may i suggest next bacon cold smoke the bacon. i did over 40 hours of smoke in my UDS. it is great. then cook it like store bought bacon. oh feed the store bought crap to the dogs.

i use Pop's cure

 

ammo box add on to my UDS build.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

happy smoken.

David

post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 

What's the reason to cold smoke it?  Also, how do you do that in a UDS?  I feel like it would get too hot.

post #12 of 15

Mule did a mod to his uds to also make it a cold smoker w/ a amps....normally a uds is just a hot smoker. 

post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by cbtiger View Post

What's the reason to cold smoke it?  Also, how do you do that in a UDS?  I feel like it would get too hot.

hey cbtiger

the reason to cold smoke is to add smoke flavor and still have raw meat. i also cold smoke cheese in my UDS. i have a side smoke chamber that i use a AMNPS smoke generator in. the sun will get the UDS hotter than the AMNPS does. take a look at my build if you get a chance.

happy smoken.

David

 

UDS build

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/138685/mules-delux-uds-build-with-divorced-smoke-chamber-for-amnps-lots-of-pics

 

bacon cold smoke

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/140558/mules-cured-smoked-bacon-in-my-deluxe-uds-with-amnps-with-q-veiw

post #14 of 15

nice bacon

post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by Waucedah View Post

nice bacon

Waucedah thanks

Happy smoken.

David

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