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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hey everyone, new to the site, lots of good information here. I built a UDS, (actually two..one will be a Christmas gift) and am smoking my first pork shoulder as we speak.

Here's the trial run (no meat) to see how it performed with lump...

Temp was all over, so I opened all the vents and had it roaring over 400 degrees to burn out any residual stuff inside.

Next I tried Stubb's briquetts...

Held this temp for 8 hours with about 10 lbs of bricks. I figured that was pretty good, so I'm attempting my first shoulder...

Ready to go on the UDS...

Waiting for temp to hit 195 when I'll remove it and let it rest... it's starting to snow, so we'll see how it turns out!
post #2 of 15
Thread Starter 
Almost ready...

I guess once I know it works, I'll have to clean it up and paint it..
post #3 of 15
Welcome to SMF. Glad you joined us. Nice job on the qview.
post #4 of 15
Howdy & Welcome!

Born in Flushing, raised in Bethpage, been in TX for 22 years! Glad to see the art of smoke & Q is catching on back home.
post #5 of 15
Welcome aboard...That butt is looking great!!!!
post #6 of 15

Welcome, Glad to have you with us. This is the place to learn, lots of good info and helpful friendly Members.

For Those of you New to Smoking, be sure to check out Jeff's 5 Day Smoking Basics eCourse.
Click Here it's "FREE"... 5 Day eCourse

Everyone here enjoys seeing the Qview so be sure to post plenty of pics...

Large ones that us old people with bad eyes can see.

When you uploading to Photobucket I always use the Large IMG setting, 640 x 480 it is a nice size...

How to post Qview to Forum:

For Step By Step Instructions On Posting Qview Check Out This Tutorial

post #7 of 15
Welcome to SMF. Congrats on the UDS, I use the heck out of mine.
post #8 of 15
Welcome. What are you using to hold your charcoal? I am wanto to build a UDS for myself.
post #9 of 15

Welcome to the SMF. That's a great UDS you built there. And the Q-view of the butt/shoulder is great as well. PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #10 of 15
First off welcome Chopped to SMF. You'll like it here cause there are abunch of good folks here that would just love to help you out with just about anything to do with smoking. We really like to have newbies here because they can bring in a new propective to how things are done. There's nothing like a new set of eyes to give and new way to make things that little differant to make things alittle better. So I hope you know about the Qview here.
Here's a link to photobucket it's free and easy to download pictures. Then if your really new to smoking Look up the E-course.
It's also free and it will give you the basics of smoking. So after all of that you just need to go grab something to smoke and if you have any question just post them here and we will answer it quickly so you don't have any mishaps with your smoke.
Welcome To Your New Addiction
post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 
First, thanks for the welcome everybody, I've been enjoying the site. Yesterdays shoulder came out pretty good, but in my excitement, I forgot to take pictures...sorry bout that. I took it off at 2pm at 190 degrees, wrapped in foil, then in towels, and put it in a cooler. Imagine my surprise, when 3 1/2 hours later, the shoulder was still too hot to touch! Amazing! Everybody liked it, especially the bark, the inside was juicy and tender. Thanks to all for the tips I've read here!

Smokin-Jim- I used a weber charcoal grate found in Lowe's, and welded expanded steel all the way around it. The steel I found in Home Depot. They come in sheets of 12"x24", so I had to "splice" a couple of sheets together. I also trimmed the height of the basket to 9 inches. Here's some pics I took that may help...

This is a walmart pizza pan I used as an ash pan...

I welded washers on either side of grate...

Pan mounted with 3 inch bolts for airflow...

Expanded steel welded to grate at a height of 9 inches..

And add a handle, and you're done...

If you do not have access to a welder, you can bolt it all togther as well. Hope this helps...any questions please ask!
post #12 of 15
Welcome to the SMF forum, You came to the right place. Good people and good info.
That some great Q-Views.
post #13 of 15
Nice looking build and great looking smoke - Welcome to SMF
post #14 of 15
Nice looking UDS there. Welcome to the SMF. Enjoy your stay!
post #15 of 15
Welcome and nice looking butt you got there!!! icon_wink.gif
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