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Another UDS joins the here

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Nothing new......a little different look with the paint, which might pass the "won't be noticed by a man galloping by on a horse at 50 yards" test. Sorry....I rushed it.

I hope the little basket will work for a wood chips only "cold smoke". Today, used for a little fire to burn in and cure the paint. With little basket full and valve open, temp went to 200 degrees and hung there......just like I hoped it would.

I may have lucked out with the 30 gallon lid under the basket. After removing the paint, it appears to be a heavy stainless steel lid. Cost all of $2.

post #2 of 8
Now that's a nice UDS...................points.
post #3 of 8
Nice smoker. Thanks for the pics.
post #4 of 8
Looks good. Nice score.
When is the food showing up.
post #5 of 8
Looks great nice build!!
post #6 of 8
Dude, you gotta remove that interior liner.
I hope your not cookin in that.
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
No liner in this one. The inside had been painted and sand blasted out. That's been wiped down with a coating of peanut oil and is ready to season up. Did a burn in to 425 on the dial and it's all black on the inside now. Temps at the dial, with all vent caps open, and a full basket of Cowboy Lump (was that square stuff pine????) crap. With just the ball valve open, temps hovered around 225. Air temp outside were about 70 at the time. The difference between sun and shade is pretty drastic.

Not that it affects function any, but for appearance, I might do things differently. Namely, how to lay it out for the support bolts, handles, vents, etc. to match up.

After giving it some thought, what I'd do next time would be:

Look at the barrel as a 360 degree circle. A support bolt and vent at 0, 120 and 240 degrees (6 foot circumference, so every 2 feet). Handles at 90 and 270 degrees (1.5 feet from "0". Thermometer at 180 degrees or 3 feet from "0". Done in this manner, the "front" of the drum you look at is head on to the thermometer and you really don't see the handles or bolts for the grates. The control valve is offset to one side.

If you wanted to vent valve directly below the thermometer, then the vents at the bottom move to 1, 3 and 5 feet around from "0".
post #8 of 8
Cool smoker!
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