Drip pan Ideas for a UDS ?

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by div, Jun 3, 2009.

  1. div

    div Smoking Fanatic

    Need some ideas for a drip pan on my UDS, I been using the second rack and a foil pan for it but I would like to open up some rack space ..... not using one with some meats causes very bad white smoke and using that pan under the top rack cause uneven temps on the side of the racks ...
  2. mgnorcal

    mgnorcal Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    To effectively catch most of the grease, I think you'll need a large pan that is at least half the diameter of the barrel.

    I've seen some very large stainless steel bowls sold that might do the trick.
    Or you could try the "brinkman water pan" from the WSM-like brinkman smoker. See here for details.
    Lots of the WSM-folk use a large clay pot base or pizza stone with or without the pan as well.
    This gets into the idea of a heat sink in the cooker, which some people like.
    Something like sand or ceramic briquettes (about 1-2 pounds worth) in the pan give it a heat-sink function which might stabilize temps over long cooks.

    Whatever pan you use, be sure to cover the top with foil for easier cleanup.

    Of course, using a pan will make your cooking "indirect" for better or for worse, and you won't get that sizzling vaporized/burnt fat flavor.
  3. geek with fire

    geek with fire Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I never tried a water pan because I thought it would mess up my efficiencies. What I do though is to place a thin piece of sheet metal over the top of the basket. This helps avoid grease fires, but still incinerates the juices to add flavor.

    If you are looking for a heat sink, I'm told you can add a clay pot to over the basket, but I never found the need enough to try it.
  4. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I put another set of bolts about halfway up the drum and had a piece of expanded metal cut to fit.

    You could set a foil pan on that if you wanted to. I never have though. I have set the charcoal basket on it and grilled steaks on the UDS though.

  5. div

    div Smoking Fanatic

    most of the time its not so bad but two major things is pork butt and turkey ... alot of juices drip down and coat the coal which lately has been causing way to much white smoke ... with the pan I get a real nice TBS and with a turkey theres sure to be a grease fire ..... I think mabye Ill drill the holes in and put a rack down there and pick up a big foil pan, cut it to fit and put 1/4 holes in it and hopefully that will at least minimize the amount of drip that gets to the bottom while still keeping and even direct heat temp

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