My uds build

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by rib ranger, Aug 28, 2015.

  1. So in payment for the boat trailer I got for free from a co worker I agreed to build a uds for him. Then I figured the only thing better the building on smoker is building 2. After reading reading how much less babysitting has to happen in comparison to my charbroil offset the second one will be mine. I have two small questiins. For my exhaust should I just use the 2" bung on top or is it more efficient to drill 6 3/4 inch holes? Secondly how high off the bottom should my fire basket be? Hopefully I will have some qview pictures Sunday:cool:

    [​IMG]

    Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
     
  2. for the 2" bung that should be enough i would think(its easier to drill more holes than it is to fill them in) as for the coal basket i would give at least 2" and you really ought to think about an ash catcher of some sort i have a 16" dia cake/pizza pan w/2" walls to catch ashes for about $8 from my workplace (a restaurant supply company)

    good luck with the builds
     
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2015
  3. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    The 2" should be enough but you could use both the 2" and the 1". I agree with @jcollins  about an ash catcher. I have a deep dish pizza pan under mine with the basket on 3.5" SS bolts. 

    Did you drill your intakes prior to the burnout? It helps get the fire nice and hot. 
     
  4. Thanks guys for the advice I will find a suitable pan. I will try out the bungs as well. I can always drill holes later. Plus I have access to lots of lids. :)

    Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
     
  5. good evening, so I was building my fire basket tonight and I have a question. I am using an old bed frame for its angle iron does anyone know if this is safe to use? I attempted goggle fu with no luck.

    Thanks
     
  6. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Bed frame should be steel. Just be sure to get the paint off.
     
  7. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    My UDS has a 1" and a 2" bung in the lid. I use both for the exhaust. I'm sure just the 2" would be fine too.
     
  8. [​IMG]

    I have a question how does the inside of your uds's look? Is it similar to this should I season here or take it down further inside?

    Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
     
  9. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wipe it down with mineral sprits and then wipe some oil in it and season.

    I used flax seed oil.
     
  10. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    If that's bare metal, all you need to do is start smoking meat. It will season itself. Some say to spray veggie oil or Pam all over the inside then fire it up. I didn't do that. I put two 10 pound pork butts in there my first smoke and let it roll thin blue smoke for 18 hours! Then I smoked a turkey, some chickens, pork loins, a brisket, it's all seasoned well now!
     
  11. [​IMG][​IMG]

    OK so I cleaned the inside even more and oiled it down. We finished up this morning and fire up drum #1. Success it is holding temperature somewhere between 225 and 300. What is the best way to get an accurate temp reading from my uds. Is a long probe sufficient or should I get a remote thermometer? Also I found the easiest cheapest vent idea ever.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    Thanks for all of your help so far.

    Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
     
  12. Does the magnet method actually work? I'm kinda on the dense on that.
     
  13. It worked perfectly yesterday tomorrow I will be smoking a pork butt with it. I even played with adjusting the temperature with the magnets and it rose and fell just as it should have. Simple and efficient so far

    Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
     
  14. Here are some in action pictures. The thermometer is basically useless as is. Its about 75 degrees of in its current placement. I also plan to add a second grate around four inches from the top. The last additionan was a custom heat dispersing plate. I took a dollar store pizza pan and put it on top of the fire box after I drilled a hole or 2:) I should have it finished next week the only things left are a handle a lid hook and some paint. Here are some qview pics and a picture of my custom plate.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
     
  15. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    I use my Maverick remote thermo to monitor temps on all my smokers. 
     
  16. hardcookin

    hardcookin Master of the Pit

    Looks like some good food! Nice first cook!!
    My local Walmat had a thermometer with a 12" stem for $4.88 it's fairly accurate. Just drill a little hole in the drum and slide it in.
     
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2015

Share This Page