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14" x 24" barrel

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by 8sumpok, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. Im a newbie here and have learned a lot. While checking my old Weber 22' lid for fit on a drum the Smokey Joe lid came to mind. It fits the top of a 14" dia. x 24" tall barrel just right. I'm divorced and mostly cook tri tip and chix for one or two people. I'm going to build a smoker and add the small brisket to the menu. How about stacking one and a half of these barrels to get the grill far enough (24") away from fire? Would a fuel holder shaped like a spiral staircase hold 12 hours of fuel? Insulating a barrel this small wouldn't be a big deal. Firewood around here is mostly orchard wood with a load of chemicals in it. High efficinecy is good. Has anybody tried this? Is it a waste of time?
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2010
  2. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

    I dont really understand the questions? staircase? if your going to build a uds your better off using a full sized drum imo. wood doesnt work well in a drum either, use reg charcoal or lump
  3. The fuel holder question is about the barrel being 14" in diameter and not holding as much fuel as a 22"-23" barrel. I was thinking of something like a coiled ramp with exp. metal upright pieces every so often to keep the lump from self leveling. Would the meat need to be as far away from the fire in a smaller dia. barrel? Do people insulate UDS's? I've read that the UDS design is more eficient than some other designs. Is insulation worth the effort? 
  4. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

    No you dont need to insulate it and yes you still want to be 2 feet from the fire no matter what the barrel diameter, heat would be the same, I would find a full size barrel if I were you.