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Starting a UDS build

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Hello all,

 

I haven't posted in a while but I have been roaming quite a bit.  I just finished my 2nd RF tank smoker.  I am now going to attempt a pair of 30Gal and 55 Gal UDS builds.  For the 30 I will be using 15w-40 oil drum and for the 55Gal a Kerosene drum.  Neither have a liner but will need a good

 

burn and wash to clean.  I will post pics of the build as I go if I can.  Here is the new completed RF

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First night. Lids off and vent holes drilled. I'll be pressure washing them out at work tomorrow. Then some more prefab and on to the burn out. Any thoughts on peak temp or what type of fire. I have access to hardwood pallets? Would they get hot enough
post #3 of 12
Hardwood pallets will work great. Load the barrels up and let er rip!
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Still waiting on a calm day to do my burnouts. Does anyone think 14" diameter by 10" high is to small for a charcoal basket for an all night burn in the 55 gal
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I'd have to measure the store bought basket that I put in my uds, but it burns well over 12 hours at 225°-250°. . So in this picture that is a 12" AMNTS tube in the basket (was cold smoking cheese). SO my basket is about 10" tall and around 9" across. I put bolts through the bottom to raise it up 3". I am going to weld a pizza pan to the bolts for easy ash collection. I wanted to make sure that the basket was going to work first as I thought it might be on the small size. No worries there. My last smoke was high temp, 325° and I got 8+ hours at that temp.

 

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I'd have to measure the store bought basket that I put in my uds, but it burns well over 12 hours at 225°-250°. . So in this picture that is a 12" AMNTS tube in the basket (was cold smoking cheese). SO my basket is about 10" tall and around 9" across. I put bolts through the bottom to raise it up 3". I am going to weld a pizza pan to the bolts for easy ash collection. I wanted to make sure that the basket was going to work first as I thought it might be on the small size. No worries there. My last smoke was high temp, 325° and I got 8+ hours at that temp.

 

Case did the rust in the bottom happen after you had it sand blasted?   

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Case did the rust in the bottom happen after you had it sand blasted?   

Yes. I never sprayed it with oil or any seasoning. That was prior to really smoking. With the heat and grease in there now the rust is gone.

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Got them both burned out and the 55 just about done. Took 2 days on the wire wheel to get her shining. Here it is with the first coat of high temp paint.
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Charcoal baskets just about finished as well.
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Here are the finished pics of the drums.
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Nice work!
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