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First post newbie with a new build

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by spicy-meat, Aug 23, 2010.

  1. 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.
  2. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

     Mark one vote for UDS..

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

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    UDS, you can always build another smoker later.
  4. walle

    walle Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    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.