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Joined Nov 5, 2013
Hi, My name is Mike I am originally from Minnesota but I live in Colorado now. My dad has a giant smokehouse on our family farm and have been wanting to get a smoker of my own for a while now so I started reading threads on this site a few weeks ago. I then decided to buy a steel drum to start a UDS this last weekend. I don't have a lot of smoking experience but have been cooking on a weber for many years now. I started burning the paint out of the 55 gallon steel drum I purchased this last weekend and built the charcoal basket for it as well but I am still curious on what people on this site have been using for their ash pans. Any and all advise would be great!


Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Joined Jul 2, 2012
Welcome Mike! Good idea building a UDS. Start a thread with pictures and your progress. There are expert UDS builders here who can answer questions or head you off from a mistake.



Epic Pitmaster
Joined Oct 7, 2012

Glad you joined the group. The search bar at the top of any page is your best friend.
About anything you wanna know about smoking/grilling/curing/brining/cutting or slicing
and the list goes on has probably been posted. Remember to post a QVIEW of your smokes.
We are all smoke junkies here and we have to get our fix. If you have questions Post it
and you will probably get 10 replies with 11 different answers. That is because their
are so many different ways to make great Q We all have our own taste.

Your going to like your UDS. Some people use a pizza pan. Some use the drum

Lid. Some just flip it over and rinse it out.

Happy smoken.


gary s

SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster
OTBS Member
Joined Jan 6, 2011
Hello and welcome from East Texas. This is a great site, lots of information and great people that are willing to throw in their two cents worth on about anything   ......... 
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Legendary Pitmaster
OTBS Member
Group Lead
Joined Feb 9, 2009
Welcome to the forums Mike! This is the best place I know for sharing ideas on smoking, grilling, curing, etc. There are lots of friendly and knowledgeable folks here who genuinely enjoy helping one another. Looking forward to your input, and just ask when you need anything...someone here will surely have the answer.



Smoke Blower
Joined Oct 8, 2013
Welcome to the Forum!!!

You will love it here. Great information and advice to be had. So sit back and enjoy!!!


Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
Joined May 30, 2007
Glad you joined us John, :welcome1: from North Dakota!

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