Smokin John's UDS Build

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by smokin john, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great looking smoker! I have two barrels that are waiting for me to get at em and make the modifications!!! Great looking ribs too!
  2. I thought building this UDS would be a one time thing but I have gotten the fever. I am thinking about how I can build the next one.[​IMG]
  3. Thanks for the compliment dirtsalior. After making these 500 gallon cookers this 55 gal UDS was a quick and easy build. I have got to put some wheels on this thing because picking it up to meve it is to much work. I guess I am off to Harbor Freight.[​IMG]
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Between building boats and smokers I spend way to much time and money at Harbor Freight!!
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  5. Really a nice build, you gonna like the way it cooks. love the color. Ribs, what ribs, they gone bet they were good sure looked good. CF[​IMG]
  6. I already love cooking on this UDS. I have a 250 and a 500 gallon smoker and a Backwoods Smoker but this 55 is sweet.
  7. I've got the wheels ready to be welded
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  8. Pulled pork cooked today. I welded the casters on and added a bottle opener. I need to install a grommet or something to run the wire from my temp guage into the pit. I'll get that done tomorrow. I am looking for some kind of chromed out pig to put on this UDS - add a little bling. If I can't purchase one, I am think about cutting a pig out of a sheet of chrome diamond plate. If anyone has any ideas let me know.

    Last edited: Mar 2, 2013
  9. Today I installed the inlets for the temperature sensor wires. I used two brass hose barbs (5/16" X 11/4") purchased from Lowes. I cut the long end off and screwed it into the hole that I had drilled. Once installed I cut the other end down to about 1/4" to make inserting the probe easy.

  10. I want a kind of retro bottle opener but this is all Ace Hardware had at the moment. I'll put the real thing on the next one I build.

    Last edited: Mar 3, 2013
  11. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Every Smoker needs a bottle opener!!!
  12. I found this UDS while surfing and thought it would be interesting if someone wanted to hinge the lid on their cooker. No explanation was given as to how it was constructed but it seems simple. The hardware looks like braces used in fence or utility door construction. It's just a matter of bending them at an angle. My lid fits like a glove after I hammered it out but it would be interesting to see what kind of fit this is.

  13. Bulk pick up has begun in my city - this is we're the city's sanitation department will cart off all of your trash items. This is a virtual smorgasbord of grill parts. It's like dumpster diving but you surf through stuff people have put out on the curb. I am hoping to gather up four or five Weber grill tops along with some good grill parts that will be perfect for my next UDS build. So let the building begin.
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2013
  14. I added another extra, a mount for my temperature gauges. After dropping on the ground a few times, I decided I had better rig something up.
  15. To make the holder for the attachment, I welded two 1/2" nuts to the rib of the barrel.
  16. I cut a piece of 16 ga metal with one end shaped to fit the barrel. I welded two pieces of rolled steel to the plate to serve as a mounting bracket. It fits perfect and provides gracious space to mount your gadgets.
  18. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I like UDS but have never built one..I even have a couple of barrels to do so...Yours looks great !
  19. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Good looking UDS Thumbs Up
  20. Once you build one you will be hooked. Its amazingly simple and it produces some of the best "Q". This UDS will be going with me to my first KCBS competition in April.

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