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Built my UDS

post #1 of 16
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First I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who helped me out and answered all of my questions before my build. Thanks especially to “bbq bubba” and “BBQ Enthusiast”.

I put my UDS together last week and have been meaning to post a picture. I'm VERY happy with it. I did ribs last Sunday and they came out great using Billy Bones original rub and cheery wood. I had no problems at all maintaining 240 for 5 hours with very, very little babysitting. I only had to check/adjust the main intake (ball valve) every hour or so. I checked it again two hours after I pulled the ribs and it was still at 200, and I only used one chimney of charcoal with about 12 unlit pieces added in. I totally love it and plan on mounting a handle on the top and a tray on the side.

Parts list:

(1) 55 gallon steel drum
(3) 4" pieces of 3/4" black pipe threaded 2.5" on one end. You can find this in the plumbing section of Home Depot. They will cut it and thread it for $1 per cut. Total price was $5.11.
(6) 3/4" locking nuts to secure the intake pipes. You can find these in the electrical section of Home Depot.
(2) 3/4" caps for two of the intakes.
(1) 3/4" ball valve for the main intake.
(4) Stainless steel bolts, nuts, and washers to hold the food grate. The bolts are 2.5".
(1) 22.5" Weber grate that I already had.
(1) 2" black nipple screwed right into the bung hole in the lid for exhaust.
(1) Thermometer.


Other:

My charcoal "basket" is made from the bottom of an old Brinkman smoker. I just drilled 1" holes all in the bottom and sides. This already had 2" legs on it. I plan on having a 13"X6" basket with 3" legs made from expanded metal soon.

My food grate is mounted 27" from the bottom and gives me 6.5" of room to the lid. If I need more room I can use the lid from my 22.5" Weber kettle.

My intakes are mounted 2" from the bottom.

I seasoned it by spraying it down with Pam and getting it good and hot for a few hours before my first cook.

If you have a Unibit it really makes drilling the holes for the intakes very easy. I have no leaks anywhere. Can't belive how this thing holds temperature.


post #2 of 16
Looks great!!PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #3 of 16
good job, would love to make one.... just dont have any room for more toys right now.PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #4 of 16
very nice dudePDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #5 of 16
Looks very nice. PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #6 of 16
Looks good.PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif

You will like that.
post #7 of 16
Congrats it looks great PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #8 of 16
looks good
post #9 of 16
Nice...yeah BBQ has been singing the praises of these puppies. I'm convinced. Next drum I come across... done deal.
post #10 of 16
Nice job!
Other than my gas grill that I use for weinees and steaks, I got rid of all my other pits except my UDS. That is about all I bbq on now. Can't say enough good things about it.

Here's some pics of my charcoal basket. Dimensions are 17" x 7" high.
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P.S., Since these pictures were taken I have replaced the feet shown in picture with 1/2" round rod (3" long) welded to basket)





post #11 of 16
This is a helpful thread you started by posting the necessary items for a UDS build. Thanks for taking the time to put the list together! biggrin.gif
post #12 of 16
Any pics of the inside F.S. ? Looks sweet ! I want.
post #13 of 16
I would LOVE to make one of these, but with me being in rural SE Montana, I can not find a steel drum that would be suitable for food. I have found a few but I would end up paying with body parts to get it here. Geat job on the build! Let us know how it works and make us drewl with some Q-view.
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post #14 of 16
Welcome to the Drumhead Nation!! wink.gif
post #15 of 16
Oh ya!!PDT_Armataz_01_36.gif Your hooked now. I also liked the write up. PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #16 of 16
very nice job, I like to make one sometime soon.
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