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post #21 of 30
Both of the UDS's I've built have had (3) 3/4" valves. I've never had a problem getting up to high heat temps. Most of the time two of them are closed all the way. On my current UDS I used gate valves to save cost. All three were the same price as one ball valve. If you go the gate valve route make sure your threaded nipple are long enough to allow the handle to turn. I made this one with adjustable shelves. I can also use the rack system to raise and lower my charcoal basket.
post #22 of 30

I have 1 ball valve on the drum and one on the divorced AMNPS box.

 

ammo box add on to my UDS build.

I have 5 racks (note the 5 bolts)

The orange dots are 1/8" pipe couplings with plugs. That way I can run my Mavericks to any or all racks.

All of my pipes and upper ring are welded.

Happy smoken.

David

post #23 of 30
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Originally Posted by themule69 View Post
 

I have 1 ball valve on the drum and one on the divorced AMNPS box.

 

ammo box add on to my UDS build.

I have 5 racks (note the 5 bolts)

The orange dots are 1/8" pipe couplings with plugs. That way I can run my Mavericks to any or all racks.

All of my pipes and upper ring are welded.

Happy smoken.

David

that is some uds porn right there.

post #24 of 30
Thread Starter 
Awesome thanks a lot guys, now what can I make the grates out of? And how do I season them so they don't rust?
post #25 of 30

You went to all that trouble why not just get weber hinged 22 1/2 inch grates. Never rust, flip up to add more wood, charcoal etc......That is what I did after I saw my friend spend dang near as much on stainless expanded metal and they sag in the middle.

post #26 of 30
Thread Starter 
Your right, why mess around right? I seen the weber grates at Home Depot about 8 bucks a piece
post #27 of 30

get the hinged grates you will thank me. I swear.

post #28 of 30
Thread Starter 
Here is my start finally got the door cut and hinged now I need to weld on a latch so the door stays closed and on to make the bottom part to hold the wood
post #29 of 30

It should be nice. Keep the pics coming.

Happy smoken.

David

post #30 of 30

I'll be watching

 

Gary

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