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post #21 of 31
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where would be the best place to put the thermo?  1" below the bottom rack?


Yes. that will give you the cooking temp most acurately.

post #22 of 31
Thread Starter 

will a 2.5" long stem be enough or should i look for one with a longer stem?

post #23 of 31

I'm using a deep fry thermometer with a 12" stem. It keeps the probe at the centre of the grate.

post #24 of 31
Thread Starter 

ok.  i think it's about 97% complete.

 

UDS97Complete.jpg

post #25 of 31

Welcome to the ugly side! All shapes and colors accepted.  Now lets see some carnage.

post #26 of 31

Now thats a serious lid! 

 

I want to try something like that with a rib o lator in it. Personally I like my drunken word invention of rotis a rator better but rib o lator is very good as well.

post #27 of 31
Thread Starter 

ok, so i finally finished my UDS.  i'm currently going through the seasoning process. my UDS is holding temps really well. the TBS has been rolling pretty well, but i've got a few questions.

 

1.  is it a common "ritual" to have to open up the drum and shake the fire basket?  seems i've had to do that every 2 hours to get the fire back up and get TBS rolling again.

 

2.  there appears to be quite a bit of ash coming out of the exhaust, so is that just the nature of the beast?

 

3.  in order to get 225-250 i have both pipe caps off and the ball valve at 50%.  could this be an issue that is related to the huge heavy ass lid i have on the thing?

 

4.  my paint job is already coming off.  i painted it early this morning and let it sit for a couple of hours.  the veggie oil i sprayed on the inside of the drum and lid is leaking a bit and when i wiped it off, off came the paint.  will the veggie on the outside be ok like i have taken to doing on my offset's firebox?  btw, i decided not to paint the heavy ass lid, just the drum.

 

thanks in advance.

post #28 of 31

From a girl smoker's point of view, that is just plain sexy.

post #29 of 31

I read that alot of people had made basket shakers, but after building my drum I never had the need to shake. The basket that is. Oppps did i just say that?

 

If I am using briquettes I do kick the bottom of the drum once in a while but never if I am using lump.

 

Not sure what to tell ya about the paint issue other then I am gonna try the oil trick on my firebox.

 

Is there a chance we can see a pic of the bottom of the lid and how it fits on the drum? Please.

post #30 of 31

lookin good! I gave the one i built to my sister for her wedding present. she married a SUE chef (i don't know how it's spelled but it sounds like that anyway) and he wanted to get into the smokin thing. he loves it.... now i gotta build me another one.

post #31 of 31
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Originally Posted by SoaFung View Post

ok, so i finally finished my UDS.  i'm currently going through the seasoning process. my UDS is holding temps really well. the TBS has been rolling pretty well, but i've got a few questions.

 

1.  is it a common "ritual" to have to open up the drum and shake the fire basket?  seems i've had to do that every 2 hours to get the fire back up and get TBS rolling again.

 

2.  there appears to be quite a bit of ash coming out of the exhaust, so is that just the nature of the beast?

 

3.  in order to get 225-250 i have both pipe caps off and the ball valve at 50%.  could this be an issue that is related to the huge heavy ass lid i have on the thing?

 

4.  my paint job is already coming off.  i painted it early this morning and let it sit for a couple of hours.  the veggie oil i sprayed on the inside of the drum and lid is leaking a bit and when i wiped it off, off came the paint.  will the veggie on the outside be ok like i have taken to doing on my offset's firebox?  btw, i decided not to paint the heavy ass lid, just the drum.

 

thanks in advance.


I've had none of those issues;

 

1-never

 

2- never had that problem

 

3- both caps closed and ball valve around 25%

 

4- no issues with the original paint burning off, hell it hasn't even discoloured.

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