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30 gallon UDS

fourashleys

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I have  my plenty big BEVO baker now and have gotten hooked on building. I have a few smaller reverse flows in the works for friends that have had Q from mine. I love my stick burner and always will but I'm ready to try something new. I could use a smaller unit for single briskets or butts. Something fairly easy to control and can run for a long time unattended. That way dinner can cook while I build RF's. I'm gettting a drum soon from afriend and will attempt my first UDS build. Has anyone made a UDS from a 30 gallon barrel and if so, did it make a difference in the way it operated? Thanks for any input as I really would like to "branch out" and add new toys to my collection. 
 

dave54

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I made one for a buddy and he's so happy with it he turned down a 55 gallon one .

 18 1/2 in grills fit it and the lid for it is from his ECB ,i left enough of a lip in the top for it to sit on and

hes uses the water pan fro it too  The lid he's using now is from a damaged 18 1/2 wsm bottom
 

dave54

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I made one for a buddy and he's so happy with it he turned down a 55 gallon one .

 18 1/2 in grills fit it and the lid for it is from his ECB ,i left enough of a lip in the top for it to sit on and

hes uses the water pan fro it too  The lid he's using now is from a damaged 18 1/2 wsm bottom
 

fourashleys

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That's the size I'm looking at. Nice looking setup. thanks for the pics.

I'd be curious to see some more pics of the workings if ya can. thnks
 
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tom37

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Dave, did you do anything different with the vents on the smaller size drum?

I have one of these sitting out back, I just haven't messed with it yet. 
 

dave54

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this ring is from a ecb ,I cut it down to fit the top of the drum to hold the Lid from the ecb   ( click on the pic for bigger pics)



the ring sits on a half inch lip left in the drum top 



with the grill



vent is just a 3 inch hole with a flap to adjust air flow



the lid from the ecb with a 3 inch hole.....always open



handles from the ecb

Gus (my Buddy) has had this for almost a year now and swears by it .

 It works as good as my WSM  and will 14 hours and still have charcoal left.

The only thing he's changed is he added the Bottom of  my old WSM for a bigger lid

 If you use parts from a ecb you can still build one for less than 70 bucks

   We had a  couple ecbs from years gone by and used the parts from one of his
 
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