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Sparky The UDS

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by meateater, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    Here's my new smoker, take that neighbors.... Since I got busted with the Fire Smoker UDS I had to build a electric one to be compliant. I was gonna buy one but I love that drum smoker just to much, so here is Sparky. I got the heating element from Cabelas, it's made to convert a ECB into a sparky. I was really surprised at how great it ran. I checked it a few time with my Taylor digital therm and it ran 235* at the lid. I put some ceramic pucks on the bottom to help hold heat. I put 5" bolts to raise the element from the bottom. I used a sealtite connector for the powercord and put some feet on it. I used a chunk and some chips of hickory and smoked a spatchcock cornish game hen for a break in, two hours and it was done at 160* and was crispy skin, I can't explain that.  Actually I burned it in the night before, spray it down with canola oil and burned a few chunks of hickory to season it. The weber 17" fire grates fit perfect for grilling grates. I was gonna camo paint it but it already looks nasty after one smoke so black it will be. Still need to make a therm holder and add a ball valve, other than that it's done.








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  2. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    great job looks great[​IMG]
  3. brokenwing

    brokenwing Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    that looks awesome.  That will will quiet the lanlord down lol.  And some great q also.
  4. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Great job man. that is looking real good and it gets them off your A$$ too
  5. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

     And I still get to smoke out the neighbors.......[​IMG]  [​IMG]
  6. deannc

    deannc Master of the Pit

    Great idea and nice job!  Glad you found a way around the rules so you can still get yer' smoke on!   [​IMG]
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  7. rw willy

    rw willy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Adapt or Die!

    Sounds like a great alternative for you
  8. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

    oh you built a whole new one i figured you would convert your other one, looks good, now was that temp with a water bowl in it or without? and how did the wood smoke?
  9. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    Since I have a door on my wood burner I didn't want to mess with that one, it works to damn perfect. So I built a new one, 30 gallon. I'm still using my water pan but dry so it dont drip fat on the heater. I tried it with water on a burn in and I had condensation city, not good. The reason it works in my fire UDS is it must burn off the humidity. The smoke started out a little strong so I cracked the lid open a bit. I believe the problem was no intake air. I didn't want to drill a hole and not have it work but now realize I need some air flow, so ball valve it is. A few mods an on to my next smoke.
  10. bbally

    bbally Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I love it when a plan comes together!!!!
  11. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Nice Design....
  12. miamirick

    miamirick Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    it never ceaces to amaze the mindsets of some people in "authority"  i'm looking at your balcony with concrete floor, stucco on block walls, iron railing    i guess thats really a fire hazard!  cant have a grill out there.!   probably an insurance rule where someone caught a fire on a wood balcony owned by the same corp that owns your place and they made a blanket rule no more grills on balconies

    i would buy wood by the cord and run that new baby daily with lots of moss in it for maximum smoke!

    anyway the new unit looks great and keep up the qview
  13. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

    ok cool I though man that element looked big in a regular 55 gallon drum, thats why it was a good fit being a smaller drum.
  14. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great Job Meateater, I like it.

    Now how in the world did that fine looking bird come out with crisp skin???? You really have me thinking here.

    Second thing I'm thinking about is this smoker I picked up for 20 bucks should have all the parts I would need for the same 33 gal build like you have just done. No special reason to build one other then cause I can. And I really really want crispy skin chicken.

    If I missed it I apologize, how did it taste?
  15. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    Rick, a neighbor on my back side put a pot on the stove and fell asleep about six months ago and set off the fire sprinklers. Fire trucks, fire marshalls, city of henderson, corp. yahoos.... yeah they ruined it for all. No one bothered me before that. I'll just master this sparky, ain't noone gonna kick me down. [​IMG]
  16. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

     I have no explanation for the crisp skin, I really dont know yet. I marinated it with ginger teriyaki and yoshida mix for 24 hrs and tossed it on the grill. That was it, no more, no less. I'm baffled at that one. [​IMG]  It was crisp and moist, I'm still baffled.
  17. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

     I'll adapt, watch out for the mad scientist.
  18. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Wow Meateater, 

    You didn't waste any time, and it works Great already too !

    One thing I gotta say though:

    We want Camo!

    We Want Camo!

    We Want Camo!

  19. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

     LOL, I think I'm gonna do it the way you said with khaki, brown and green camo over a black base. It shouldnt show my grubby hand prints that way. Thanks Bear.
  20. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    I knew I could do it---Had you talked into it the other day.

    Now don't go slacking on me again. This thing will really be neat in Fall CAMO apparel.

    You don't have to go for the Guinness Book "UGLY" Record.

    Your neighbors will love the sarcasm of Camo.

    You could hide the electric cord & keep a stack of kindling around too.