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UDS Planning Stage

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

I am finally at a point where i can start purchasing and building the parts for my UDS, so hopefully i will have it ready before winter hits.

I still am not sure about making the cooking grates fixed positions instead of adjustable, i feel that they will be more sturdy if thew are fixed, but i still like the idea of adjustable cooking racks...


Thoughts, ideas, concerns, & comments are greatly appreciated.


Below is an image of what i in vision my UDS turning out like...


Note: nothing about this image or the dimensions are 100% accurate 


post #2 of 7

Mine is almost exactly the same without the lowest rack. I works great. I wouldn't worry about the adjustable rack. I can fit almost anything on my top rack height wise so I almost always use the top rack only. 

post #3 of 7
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Thanks i mostly cook for around 6 people when i smoke, so i believe the two racks would be good and it seems there is plenty of room between them to cook for a lot more than 6  

post #4 of 7

That setup will definitely have plenty of room. I can easily cook two pork butts on one rack and could fit three if I wanted too. 

post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 

hmmmm.... that sounds good 


another ? do you just run temp probes through the top vent and do you use a dial therm for the smoker temp or probes as well?

post #6 of 7

I have a dial therm in the lid but I only use it to track the temp when it is heating up or cooling down (when I don't have the probes in). I run the probe wires through the holes in the weber lid some of the time but when I am lazy I just set the lid on the wires. Since neither of those methods works well I have drilled a hole to run them through but haven't used my UDS since to test it. 

post #7 of 7
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hmmm yea i think ill put a dial therm in somewhere i would really like to put one of them grommet holes in with the silicone thing like the WSMs have for the probes...

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