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Shorty UDS

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by spen, Oct 3, 2010.

  1. spen

    spen Newbie

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  2. dave54

    dave54 Smoking Fanatic

    I like it!!!!
  3. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice little smoker.
  4. spen

    spen Newbie

    My previous modified weber charcoal bbq was more like a mini smoker, it was only an 18" diameter cooking grid and I just didn't have the room to cook enough meat.   I was going to make a full size UDS, but realized that I could store the charcoal bucket underneath if I made a short UDS.  Plus I got hooked on having the fire box on the side (and not underneath) so this sort of just made the most sense for the type of smoking I do.        Eventually I am going to make a drawer to put my wood in, so it is all right there.    Also gotta add some kind of decorations to the legs so it doesn't look so bare.  

  5. deannc

    deannc Master of the Pit

    It's a UDSS - Ugly Drum Smoker "Short!"  Nice job!
  6. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    COOL, I like it! [​IMG]
  7. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

    Very cool UDS
  8. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    great idea!
  9. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    I like it a lot. Nice work and I bet it travels well too
  10. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hey, that looks pretty cool. I like it, alot.

    Probably efficient too.

    Nice Job.
  11. spen

    spen Newbie

    One basket (which holds about 2 lbs of charcoal) will last about 5 hours at 220. At $0.35 per lb, that is only 70 cents worth of charcoal I am burning up. It does consume a little more than what my Weber kettle smoker bbq, but is still far less than a typical offset side smoker or conventional full size UDS. I think it is partially because this smoker seals so much better than a side smoker, so I can better control the amount of air flow through and thus reduce the amount of combustion. Plus the fact that it is a smaller area that I have to heat. A full size UDS will have 3 times as much air space inside that gets heated. 
  12. spen

    spen Newbie


    My original flat lid started leaking pretty badly, the thing warped and was letting the smoke out.   I finally got around to adapting a lid from a weber grill to my shorty uds smoker - but I did it a bit differently than I have seen others.   I took the original flat lid and cut the rim off, welded it on upside down and that is what I used to adapt the weber lid to it.   I've got more picture at shortypen.com
  13. msuman

    msuman Fire Starter

    Pretty neat idea with your lid.

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  14. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Hey Shorty, do you still lurk around here? I've sailed quite a few of the PDR's here in Oregon, ans built two that I never registered!  I spend a good bit of time around the wood boat forums but never knew you did Q. Cool little Q.  I'd call it a DrumStick!