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UDS: How I Built Mine: Horizontal w/Pic

post #1 of 31
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I've been seeing a lot of people wanting some ideas on building their own UDS's. Here is a pic after the last one I built was done. If you would like to see more of the build just let me know.


post #2 of 31
Looks like quality work.

What did you build your firebox out of?

Does "Set and Forget" comparable to a vertical UDS?
post #3 of 31
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Fire Box

The fire box was built using 3/16 sheet.
As for comparing it to a verticle, I have never used a vertical. I just know I really like this style. If I was to change anything, it would be to build it bigger.
post #4 of 31
Stick burner or charcoal primarily?

Does it hold a temp to where you can walk away for hours?

The paint job looks fantastic as well
post #5 of 31
Great job Ray! That looks great but it doesn't qualify as a UDS. There ain't nothing ugly about it. PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #6 of 31
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All The Above

I start my fires with lump charcoal and smoke with wood. As for walking away for hours, that soley depends on the wind. If I have a nice calm day, yes I can set it up and go watch tv or go to the store. Windy days are a little different. But then I'm the type that always like to keep an eye on the temp. I have air flow control on the fire pit and on a dampner on the chimney.
post #7 of 31
Nice build! You definately could help this feller out if he still comes around..


I had an idea what he wanted until he mentioned a vertical rotisserie. I figured he wanted to make doner kebobs or something.. who knows. Again, nice build with a drum..
post #8 of 31
Very nice work.
post #9 of 31
Great looking build. Is that a warming station on top of the fire box?
post #10 of 31
Yep, he's right. biggrin.gif It ain't a UDS. It is neither Ugly nor is it Upright.

What you have there, my friend, is a horizontal barrel smoker with offset side firebox.

And a damn fine one at that. PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif

post #11 of 31
Nice looking smoker Ray. Like the way you did the door, 1/4 instead of 1/2 opening.

post #12 of 31
Nice job Ray quality workPDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #13 of 31
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Warming Box

Yea it is. I built my first out of 2 drums, 55 gal for smokin and 30 gal for the fire pit. After I used it for a while, I could see where I could've used a warming box. When I designed this one I wanted a warming box.
post #14 of 31
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If you look on the left side of the door, you'll see a piece of wood sticking out. That is another opening closing handle that is really handy. Instead of having to reach over your smoke/food and try to pull your door closed you just reach along the side there and pull it closed without any stretching. I worked with propping the door up but being a 55 gal drum, the door was light and the wind could sometimes blow it shut. That wasn't good if you head was in there. lol
post #15 of 31
Wow... GREAT job!

If you don't ming my asking, what was the approximate total price of all the parts used in the build?
post #16 of 31
Nice job building the smoker Ray...PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #17 of 31
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Total Price

I built mine, the one you've lookin at from scrap that I had laying around except for the thermo and shelf on the right and maybe a couple of other small things. But this one that I built to sell, I had around 300 in material alone. If you go to the link that I put below the pic and see what's inside, I think you'll understand why so much.

I also forgot to mention that both of these units can be used as a grill. The grilling grates are also adjustable for height for different temps.

Here's a link to see the build. There are 2 pages of pics here.
post #18 of 31
I was thinking the same thing- UHS-Ugly Horizontal Smoker, but it has too nice of a paint job to be ugly.
post #19 of 31
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In Wrong Thread?

Huh, am I posting this in the wrong thread? I was thinkin that UDS was "Ugly Drum Smoker." Whether it was vertical or horizontal.
post #20 of 31
PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif thats a nice smoker PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
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