Bmaddox's 1st UDS build w/ pics

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by bmaddox, Apr 7, 2015.

  1. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    I have finally decided to branch out from my world of electric smokers and build a UDS. I have been working on it for a few weeks and finally have it 99% done. The only thing left is to do some test smokes and paint the final coat (I am leaving the final painting to my wife so she can put her art degree to use).

    Picked up a barrel that was used by an E-Cig company to hold their vegetable oil base.



    Cut the lid of but left the lip intact


    It took two good burnouts but the paint and liner came off.



    All sanded down and ready for paint.



    I painted it with flat black grill paint for now. It will get a finish coat latter.


    I used the charcoal grate from a 22.5" weber and 18ga expanded metal from Lowes to build the basket. I got a cheap pizza pan to use as the ash tray.


    I have two racks, one at 1" down and one 8" below that. For now I am going to leave the heat deflector (perforated pizza pan) on the second rack until I figure out how it cooks.


    I used the bottom section of the weber for the lid ring. It seems to seal well but I will see how it goes after a test smoke. I also used the wheels off the weber since I will have to move it outside every time I use it.


    I used. the charcoal door off of an ECB that was lying around. 

    I have 1 - 1" ball valve and 2 - 1" plugs to the intake.



    Hopefully it works well as this took more time than I had anticipated. Anyways, thanks to the other forum members for posting your builds. The ideas I got from here were crucial in building mine.
     
  2. nklcolt1911

    nklcolt1911 Fire Starter

    MN
    got any better pictures of how you used the lower lip from the grill, thing looks great
     
  3. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Charcoal door?
     
  4. manfjourde

    manfjourde Fire Starter

    I like that short pipe for the ball valve, I am building my first UDS (mini) and may have to do that. How long did you go with?
     
  5. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    All I did was cut the top 3" off the bottom section of the grill then bolt it to the drum sticking about 3/4" over the drum lip. Then I sealed the gap between with some high temp RTV sealant.
     
  6. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    Yea I did that on a whim. I guess it technically is the wood loading door from an ECB. I had the part available so I figured I would use it so I could add more wood without opening the lid. It may turn out to not be needed but it didn't cost me anything to add it.
     
  7. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    I used an 8" section of pipe. The only reason I used anything was so the valve wasn't sticking straight out. 
     
  8. manfjourde

    manfjourde Fire Starter

    Cool thanks. I'll be picking up the valves and what not today and I want mine raised so its not sticking out but not way tall like a lot of UDS I've seen.
     
  9. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    If you don't want it raised up you could just use a "close" fitting which is just threads on both sides. That would only raise the valve up about an inch.
     
  10. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    Don't get any ideas. Hahaha.... Not needed.
     
  11. manfjourde

    manfjourde Fire Starter

    And just use an elbow, yes?
     
  12. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    Just in case you don't know adding a turn to the intake can and will cause draw issues with the right breeze and conditions. Plus you won't be able to reach as high of a temp if you need to crisp up some turkey skin or whatever.
     
  13. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    Nice looking rig. Can't wait to see some food on it.
     
  14. manfjourde

    manfjourde Fire Starter

    Thanks for the reminder - I read that once. Maybe I'll just do the straight valve.
     
  15. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    I have only ruined like 3 pairs of flip flops on mine by tripping over it. Hahaha... It does work better straight out. I tried it both ways.
     
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  16. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    I have two straight in intakes with just caps and one valve so I can fine tune it as needed. I used a 1" close fitting in the drum with a 90 elbow and an 8" extension for the valve. If you drill the holes to the right size the fittings will thread into the drum so you don't need anything on the inside to hold it (I drilled one a hair too large but I used some RTV to seal the outside).
     
  17. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    I figured I probably wouldn't need it (especially since I never see anyone use them) but I like that the WSM units have doors so I went for it. I might not use it but at least it looks good [​IMG].
     
  18. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    as long as it seals tight it will be fine. The beauty of the UDS is how airtight they are. when you shut that thing down it goes out very fast preserving leftover charcoal for next time.
     
  19. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    What do you consider very fast? I am doing a test run this weekend so I will time it to see how long it takes to go out when I shut it down.

    I bent the door to the drum so it seals pretty tight.
     

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