UDS Build Off???? Who's interested?

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by bcfishman, Sep 29, 2008.

  1. bcfishman

    bcfishman Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    With all the people building UDS's lately, I thought that a weekend UDS build off would be fun.

    This would be for new builds only. Existing UDS's would not be able to be submitted. Building time constraints would be from Saturday at 12:00AM to midnite Sunday.

    Rules would be something along the lines of:

    -Must have raw barrel to begin with.
    -All non-assembled pieces must me shown on morning of the build.
    -No welding allowed (This is to keep things fair as many people don't have a welder) Other power tools are allowed.
    -There should be some kind of budget as well. (Not including the drum)
    -At Midnight on Friday a word or phrase could be submitted and all pictures must include a piece of paper with that word or phrase in it. (To ensure the build takes place that weekend)
    -Any other rules that are reasonable could be added.

    What does everyone think?

    Any ideas on when a good weekend would be?

    Also, maybe a piece of SMF paraphernalia could be awarded to the winner.

    Voting could take place from Monday through Wednesday?
    Details can be further worked out.

    I think a few weeks for people to get supplies would be best. Maybe October 25 and 26?
  2. big game cook

    big game cook Smoking Fanatic

    aw man. i got to build another one lol[​IMG]

    sounds cool i just dont know if i could afford another one that soon.

    im a maybe.
  3. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Well, as much as I'd like to build one... I'd find it difficult to do it under a time constraint. Especially dedicating a weekend. Now...if yer on a mission and have the time and resources, great. But I'd think most folk will have a hard time with that. Why not a couple week window?
  4. bcfishman

    bcfishman Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    How about one week?

    Building can begin on saturday and submitted photos must be in before midnight on Friday?

  5. wutang

    wutang Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I know those handles cost you quite a bit. [​IMG]
    I guess it might be tough to kill another part doner and still get it ready in time. J/K

    I just got my barrel yesterday but don't know if I will be ready to build it for a little while yet.
  6. big game cook

    big game cook Smoking Fanatic

    ya i did. but it would be hard to get another round free. the paint i could and i have another handle set of casters and wheels ect...

    i just bought a therm and stuff and the grates ect...

    im sure ide be up for it. ya. make it a week.
  7. dbarnett66

    dbarnett66 Smoke Blower

    I am in! I would also like a week as I have to balance my responsibilities as a father to my young uns. I have had all the parts in my garage collecting dust for two months now. A build off might just give me the push to finish this thing and start cooking.
  8. guvna

    guvna Smoking Fanatic

    darn it! [​IMG] i'm in the process of moving. my build will start in a month or so. oh well i guess. [​IMG]
  9. pinkmeat

    pinkmeat Smoking Fanatic

    Should it also include a qview to prove each UDS is working, and flaunt its capabilites?
  10. guvna

    guvna Smoking Fanatic

    great idea boss! we should know its faults. though, it IS a drum so it might not have any... [​IMG]
  11. bcfishman

    bcfishman Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member


    Here are the dates (provided it will work).

    November 8th through the 14th.

    Building can begin at 12:00AM on Saturday November 8th. Building must be completed and photos submitted by Midnight on Friday the 14th.

    Rules for UDS Buildoff.

    1 - Must be a member of SMF
    2 - Drums must be bare prior to building date. Burnout of drum allowed.
    3 - Budget for parts is $100. (This does not include cost of barrel. This also gives you 5 weeks to accumulate parts in small dollar amounts so the wife doesn't ask why you spent $100 bucks at Lowes/Home Depot in one shot.)
    4 - Welding is not allowed. (Unfair advantage to people who do not have access to welder. I know, same argument could be made for power tools, but if you don't have any of these, please send me a private message and I will give you the address to send your man card to.)
    5 - All submitted UDS's must include the following mandatory items.
    Two Beer Holders
    Hooks for utensils
    6 - Items you already have or receive that are used can be used in the build. If you claim it was lying around and it is a Shiny Brass Ball valve with a bright red handle, some may question that.
    7 - Judging will take place on Saturday the 15th and Sunday the 16th by our fellow SMF members. (Voters will select a 1st, 2nd and 3rd in their opinion. Builders may also vote but can not vote for their own UDS.)
    8 - Winner will receive something of not much value, and the title of "SMF 2008 UDS Buildoff Champion."
    9 - At midnight on Friday a chosen word will be submitted under the buildoff thread. All photos of UDS and building must have a piece of cardboard with the word (handwritten) in the picture.
    10 - Photos for submission must include the naked drum (just the drum, no naked forum members please), 2 pictures during the build, as many pictures as you see fit for showing the finished UDS, and one picture of your UDS producing TBS.
    11 - A UDS throwdown can take place the weekend of the vote, since some don't have time to smoke during the week.

    Disclaimer: All applicants agree to submit to the rules of the build. Winners will be given polygraphs and colonoscopys to ensure no cheating took place. No complaints and/or protests will be accepted.
  12. big game cook

    big game cook Smoking Fanatic

    5 weeks. well. ok. ill see what i can do.[​IMG]
  13. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    But, but, but....I promised myself I would not build another smoker.... lol
    Can a girl have too many?
  14. big game cook

    big game cook Smoking Fanatic

    well just go all out and sell it.[​IMG]

    i am just getting 2/3rds the way through my first and now have to look for another drum.[​IMG]
  15. dbarnett66

    dbarnett66 Smoke Blower

    When I began teaching, I gave up drinking about 15 years ago. Do we really need the beer holders? I guess I can always install "soft drink" holders..... haha
  16. big game cook

    big game cook Smoking Fanatic

    i gave up drinking too. when i ran out lol. ya in sure any 12 oz can holder will work.
  17. motorhedd

    motorhedd Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    smokers are like diamonds...a gal can just never have "too" many![​IMG]
  18. big game cook

    big game cook Smoking Fanatic

    ok. aint got a drum yet but managed to dig up some more parts. im in. and got two more briskets (3 in freezor) at $1.30 lb reduced yesterday so ill have meat for the cookoff. and got news today im going back to work in a week too. so fire the guns big game is in. heck. still aint finished up the first one. but now i know the ropes lol.


    i dont want to go in this alone. whos all in for sure?
  19. taterdavid

    taterdavid Smoke Blower

    i'm starting to gather parts for a UDS build.I just scored a weber for a lid and it had a useable grate. Don't know if i'm in the competition cause i'm gonna go real low budget but we'll see
  20. bcfishman

    bcfishman Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Trust me, low budget is what UDS's are all about.
    That is why I recommended a $100 limit. That way the playing field would be a little more even.

    I'm surprised there hasn't been more interest from other forum members.
    Maybe they're secretly acquiring supplies in hopes of shocking everyone.
    With the hundreds of backyard-weekend-warriors we have on here, I thought more people would be up for the challenge and the forum competition.

    Well, 5 weeks left until the build week.

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