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First post newbie with a new build


Joined Aug 1, 2010
I have been reading a lot of posts in the forums on different builds.  I am torn between the UDS and the Big Baby Double Barrel smoker.  I found a local company that sells new metal 18 guage sealed lid drums fairly cheap.  Almost every drum I found is 18 guage.  I have a few questions I hope everyone can help me out with:

1.  Am I better off building a UDS or Big Baby?

2.  Will the 18 guage be sufficient or should I look for a 16 guage.

I like the fact that wood is the preferred method with the Big Baby.

pit 4 brains

Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
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Joined Dec 16, 2009
 Am I better off building a UDS or Big Baby?
 Mark one vote for UDS..

Simple to build, you'll be smoking in it in a day or so..


Legendary Pitmaster
SMF Premier Member
Joined Oct 17, 2009
UDS, you can always build another smoker later.


Smoking Fanatic
OTBS Member
Joined Aug 21, 2009
Welcome aboard, SM! 

I would go for a UDS for all the reasons listed above.  I've got a very crude model that I used long before I knew what a UDS was.. and though she aint purdy, she works like a charm.

That'll give you time to plan and build the next one... cuz you can't have just one!

Good to have ya, I look forward to seeing whatever you decide on.
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