Going to build a UDS

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by heatmaker, Mar 31, 2010.

  1. heatmaker

    heatmaker Newbie

    Ok, I have done alot of reading on UDS builds here. The one thing I have not come across is what can you do if you have a closed head drum and don't have a dome lid?

    Also, how many racks do you guy's put in and aprox. distance apart from the basket and each other?
  2. rcullison

    rcullison Fire Starter

    A smoke stack with a door or two on front is one way u can go about it.
  3. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You can cut the lid off and go out and buy a dome lid from a cheap grill and make it fit or keep your eyes open for a old one someone is trying to get rid of.
  4. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    With a domed lid, you'll usually see two cook racks. Assuming the bottom of your charcoal basket is 3" off the bottom (which is pretty common) the first cook grate is 24" above the charcoal grate and the top rack is usually an inch or so from the top of the drum. This usually works out to 6" or 8" between cook racks.

  5. avz

    avz Fire Starter

    Hi HM
    If I may suggest, you can look at my post. I'm facing the same situation - closed drum and no dome. it is more labour to put in, but I believe that it have some advantages. I'll be glad to provide more details if needed.
  6. 200xga

    200xga Newbie

    make sure you check out badfrogs last post he has pics of how to do it
  7. que-ball

    que-ball Smoking Fanatic

    Many people buy a complete cheap grill, like a Uniflame from Walmart for $40, and use the parts to make your UDS. You'll have your dome lid, one cooking grate, and the charcoal grate can be used for the base of your basket. If you want wheels on your UDS, you can use those, too.
  8. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

    You don't have to have the dome lid right away, you can add it and another rack anytime later, one rack will hold quite a lot, just use the flat lid that comes with it.
  9. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    More than 1 drum will work also.
  10. heatmaker

    heatmaker Newbie

    Thanks fellas, I think I'm gonna order up that Uniflame rig from Wally World.
  11. porkaholic

    porkaholic Smoke Blower

    If you have a Big Lots store in your area they also sell a cheap bbq pit for about $25-30. Both the lid and bottom work well for domes on a UDS.

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