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Turkey in a UDS new build question


Fire Starter
Joined Dec 26, 2010
IM gonna start a build tomorrow, I built my fire basket total height 12" . I plan to install a shelf for a water bowl 3" above that. My question is i would like to be able to smoke turkey without a dome lid. Is there enough room left for a shelf low enough for a turkey,has  anyone tried it ?
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Fire Starter
Joined Nov 29, 2009
If you are doing one turkey on the bottom rack with the top rack removed you will be fine.


Smoking Guru
OTBS Member
Joined Oct 18, 2007
I smoke my turkeys on the bottom rack all the time and just leave the top rack out. What is your reasoning for the water pan? The UDS is a very moist environment and doesn't need a water pan unless you are trying to catch drippings or something. Thats just my $.02


Legendary Pitmaster
SMF Premier Member
Joined Oct 17, 2009
The answer is yes, you will have enough room for a 20# bird if you want. The moist environment is not the  problem, I personally don't like sour smoke created by fat dripping on the fire. Just my honest opinion. Here's my plan for a 55 gallon UDS. I love mine and have had to stop using it because of county codes. I have built a 30 gallon electric to satisfy my needs. Long story!


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