I built a little smoker box for my grill and have some apple that I have been saving for a campfire to cook some steaks on. Put some chunks in the box on my gas grill and they were too big, I soaked them and got little to no smoke flavor in some boneless chicken breast. This wasn't going to work.
I started researching smokers and decided to build a UDS. A week after my decision I was invited to a football party where my buddys dad was using a good one smoker. It is well built and if I like smoking I am sure I can try to clone one of those and build it my self. The ribs were fantastic. I had already put a word in at work to find a barrel. I got an unlined barrel that was used to hold steel shot for media blasting. A bit dented and FREE.
I am a professional welder and have a lot of equipment at home which I use for personal projects and side work. I feel bad that guys have to stress about doing weld free projects, I was doing the same thing when I was younger.
This is what I came up with, 2- 1" inlets with caps, 1- 3/4" inlet with a ball valve, expanded metal charcoal basket 8.75" tall 44" in in circumference, 14" in diameter. Adjustable shelving 24" from about 3/4" down from the top of the drum. Drum was flipped over and the lid was fully welded on, bottom was cut out to fit the weber lid with ease. Did a burn out today, hopefully can get the wheels from my weber donor kettle and a small shelf for my remote probes welded up tomorrow.
Edited by chevy power - 10/7/15 at 2:31am