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Hey Everyone, I've been cooking meat over a fire since I was a freshman in college, about 18 years ago.  I cut my teeth on one of those little square grills.  Eventually tricked it out with a custom expanded metal coal grate to extend the life of the grill.  It was on that grill I did my first "indirect" cooking, where I would make a ring of coals around the outside and put a foil pan in the middle.  Smoked a bunch of turkey breasts that way.  Then one day I was at my brother in law's house where he had a big ole Chargriller, brand new (mostly) in the box, laying in his front yard half covered with snow.  Apparently it had gotten full of water in the box at Walmart, froze, sprung the metal.  He gave it to me, and I worked to replace the missing parts, and straighten it up the best I could.  Love those cast iron grates :)  I don't get too crazy with my adventures.  I do a lot of grilling on it, and do a handful of boston butts and turkey breasts on it each year.  


For the past year or so I've been wanting to put together a UDS. I have a barrel, a replacement small and large grill grate, a bunch of expanded metal, valves etc.  I've just been waiting on the Weber lid.  Come to find out my dad has had one that he is going to give to me...jackpot.  Since I tend to be more geeky than your average joe, I'm strongly considering a PID temperature controller with a caged fan on the intake like I saw on another forum.



I know how you all love your pics so here's a pic of the butt I smoked this summer while we were camping.  You'll notice I actually had the butcher tie one and a half together :)  We love our local butcher's injection, so we always have him pump them.




Some bbq chicken on the ole red grill :)





some primitive cooking





gotta stock up

post #2 of 9
Get to building!! The UDS runs so smoothly I wouldn't bother with a PID. With a good remote therm it's pretty much set and forget!

Now let's see some build pics!
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dirtsailor,  I was contemplating that same thought today.  I know I don't really need it, it just adds to the geek factor :)  


Does anyone know if there is any reason why a valve at the ground level vs. on top of a pipe that enters at ground level for an intake would have any real difference?



post #4 of 9
They say is doesn't and is built that way to save bending over. I like mine on the bottom, think it looks better. Good luck on the build.
post #5 of 9

I have built two UDS and on both of them I have put all my vents at the bottom. Main reason, I am cheap and didn't want to spend the money on the pipe and fittings. So cheap that instead of ball valves on my current UDS I used gate valves. All three and the nipples came out to $12!


post #6 of 9

texas.gif  Good afternoon, and welcome to the forum, from East Texas. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about everything


Be looking forward to pictures




post #7 of 9

"Does anyone know if there is any reason why a valve at the ground level vs. on top of a pipe that enters at ground level for an intake would have any real difference?"


Welcome denniston, 


I always heard that the fella that started doing the extended pipe thing on his UDS was so that he would have less chance of falling over and spilling his beer while adjusting the air. Don't know if that was the actual reason or just laziness, but it caught on. Makes no difference on the performance of these outstanding smokers. Be sure to post some pics of your build. 


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Glad you joined the group. The search bar at the top of any page is your best friend.
About anything you wanna know about smoking/grilling/curing/brining/cutting or slicing
and the list goes on has probably been posted. Remember to post a QVIEW of your smokes.
We are all smoke junkies here and we have to get our fix. If you have questions
Post it and you will probably get 10 replies with 11 different answers. That is
because their are so many different ways to make great Q...

I put mine on the bottom.

ammo box add on to my UDS build.


Happy smoken.

post #9 of 9

Welcome to the Smoking forum. You’ll find great , friendly people here, all more than willing to answer any question you may have. Just ask and you’ll get about 10 different answers—all right. LOL. Don’t forget to post qviews.

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