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My UDS Build

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by shadowwalker, Sep 24, 2010.

  1. shadowwalker

    shadowwalker Fire Starter

    Well guys and gals yesterday I built my first UDS....

    3 3/4 inch holes 2 inches from the bottom

    2 with caps one with a ball valve

    Rack 7 inches from the top

    I didn't put a smoke stack on it I just used the bung hole on top of the drum

    Painted it with high temp paint

    Drilled a hole for my digital probe to go in

    Built my basket 9 inches tall and 14 inches round from expanded metal

    seasoned the inside..loaded the basket about 3/4 full then put a couple of wood chunks then about 15 hot coals in the middle

    Got up to 180 so I plugged one cap

    Got up to 200 plugged the second cap

    Got up to 225 slightly closed the ball valve and it held a good 225 to 230 from 1030 till 600 this afternoon using very litle briqs before I started shutting it down

    I think i will be ok without a stack and just use the bung hole for smoke exhaust.....any input on that?

    Thanks to all the pros who post to help us newbies
  2. dave54

    dave54 Smoking Fanatic

    I built one for a buddy with a removable drum lid and a dome lid and he uses the barrel lid most of the time

    and has no problems with it ,in fact he likes it better than the dome lid cause when he's done .he'll put the bung back in to keep out the rain and it snuffs out any hot coals quicker
  3. shadowwalker

    shadowwalker Fire Starter

    Thanks dave for the response...is that long of a hold at 225 to 230 about right? or do I need to tweak it more
  4. dave54

    dave54 Smoking Fanatic

    7 hours and only varying 5 degrees, I'd say you got it  [​IMG]
  5. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    I say you nailed the temp thing, 7" aint much room from a flat lid to get a few butts in there, might want to add a basement.
  6. rw willy

    rw willy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I second that.
  7. shadowwalker

    shadowwalker Fire Starter

    thanks guys how much farther down should I add the second rack...I am thinking of leaving these holders positioned at the 7 inches and adding more to just drop this rack down for butts....
  8. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

    need pics or you didnt build one [​IMG]
  9. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    Here's my layout, this is only for reference as there's a hundred ways to build them. Sometimes I put my fire basket on the 20" level, meat on the 30" and use it like a grill. Eventually I'll find a weber lid on craigslist for free just for different options.

    The top grill is only 4" from the top of the barrel, I only use this one for grilling with no lid. You shouldnt need a smoke stack, I just have triples on mine to be cool. [​IMG]


    Last edited: Sep 25, 2010
  10. shadowwalker

    shadowwalker Fire Starter

    Thanks meat for the diagram...my basket is 9 inches tall and add the 3 inch legs that is 12 inch height......so should I measure 24 inches from the bottom of the drum for the basement rack? that would put me 12 inches over the basket...
  11. dave54

    dave54 Smoking Fanatic

    I try for 24 inches above the top of  the charcoal  in the basket filled

     If your around 24 inches above the charcoal you should be good 
  12. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    My second rack is 14" from the top which gives me enough room to smoke a 20# turkey. I use the water pan more as a grease catcher to keep the drum clean.