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post #1 of 17
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This is my UDS I built last winter. First of all let me say this was very time consuming and would not do it again. But in the end I have a nice smoker that should last. I started with a heavy gauge food grade drum. From there I got a little carried away.

 

 

I made a door to tend to the coals if needed and fill the water pan.

 

 

 

I thought it would be nice to have it come apart into two pieces for clean up.

 

 

 

It closes air tight I left it apart in the next pic so you can see I used two pieces of 1/2" flat steel and rolled them, butted them together and welded it.

 

 

 

 

 

I made the coal basket and set it up so you could use it as a water smoker or standard UDS.

 

 

I put a lot of thought into a drip pan that would not block the direct heat. This is what I came up with. I might have to figure out a way to close off the ends. I will try it first.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #2 of 17

Very nicely done.

 

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post #3 of 17

Nice looking UDS! Lots of great ideas there too.

post #4 of 17

Nice looking UDS. Just a question, why would you want to use a drip pan? I think the drippings that fall and hit the coals add a very distinct flavor to foods smoked on the UDS. IMO it gives it a real "old school' BBQ pit flavor.

post #5 of 17
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Dripping on the coals gives the meat a burnt taste. From reading other posts on this site some people like that taste and some don't.  I will try it both ways.

post #6 of 17

Very nice genius build.....  Dave

post #7 of 17

I agree with coffee_junkie cooking in an open pit style does bring a unique flavor to the meat. This is

why the UDS is so universal. It can be used as a water cooker, deflected heat, or and open pit.

Awesome build.

post #8 of 17

Nice build. I love it. How does it cook? Does it hold temp well?

Happy smoken.

David

post #9 of 17
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I have not found any time or good weather to try it. I did smoke some baby back ribs this weekend on my offset smoker. I want to test the UDS on something a little cheaper first,  to see how it holds the temp.

post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by bartsmoker View Post

I have not found any time or good weather to try it. I did smoke some baby back ribs this weekend on my offset smoker. I want to test the UDS on something a little cheaper first,  to see how it holds the temp.

 

Instead of cooking something on it, just do a season on it with about a 1/2 basket of fuel. This way, you're not going to ruin any meat and just burn up a couple of bucks for fuel. I did that on mine to see how well it held temp and see how long it would go. Very nice build by the way. A lot of great enginuity put into it. Chad
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by bartsmoker View Post

I have not found any time or good weather to try it. I did smoke some baby back ribs this weekend on my offset smoker. I want to test the UDS on something a little cheaper first,  to see how it holds the temp.

Sounds like a perfect choice would be a spatchcocked chicken. I like doing these for test cooks because they are cheap. and can handle a wide range of heat temps. And if the skin doesn't end up crisp, you test out the grilling capabilities too!

post #12 of 17

Yep AWESOME build... i see alot of similarities to the BPS but customized... like it alot.    I saw that concept of a diverter before on another forum when i was looking at heat diverters, i hope it works well for you.   I ended up just doing a pizza pan with holes drilled into it, evens out heat a little if i want it and catches some more of the drippings say for a pork shoulder. 

 

That shelf is bad to the bone for sure!

post #13 of 17

NICE build man!

post #14 of 17
So far ive takin my uds on two camp trips and to the gulf coast.. i want to build a shelf. But it would beed to be easily removable cause I have to lay it on its side. I love the idea of cutting in two for clean up.. cause I still never put an ash pan in mine yet. I just turn it upsise down for now. Great looking build...
post #15 of 17
Woooow, you shoud patent that rig
post #16 of 17

Nice, good ideas...icon_question.gif

post #17 of 17
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Thanks guys, The shelf is removable.  That's the reason I made this thing is so I could bring it camping or to the cabin. I don't have a good smoker that's east to transport. I also made a dolly to strap it to and through it in the back of my truck.

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