UDS benefits

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by bigsteve, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. bigsteve

    bigsteve Master of the Pit

    What does a drum do that makes it preferable to bullets and horizontals?
     
  2. teacup13

    teacup13 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    from what i have read...

    consistant heat
    better fuel consumption
    ease of use(once you get to know your drum)
    fun to make..lol
    and it looks cool..lol
     
  3. pinkmeat

    pinkmeat Smoking Fanatic

    ^^consistent heat^^ i.e. reacts less to windy condition which is HUGE.

    Also faster cook times due to a more direct cooking experience. Not a plus for everyone, but nice for a boston butt. Same results in less time.
     
  4. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I live in upstate NY and I want a smoker I can use year round. From what I have read a UDS is the way to go. My understanding is that a UDS will perform well in cold weather as well as windy days.

    I hope to pick up a drum in the next 2 weeks and get started building one!
     
  5. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well, the others have pretty much covered it . . . but I will add LONNGGG burn times without having to reload. Now, the same could be said for electric or gas but with the UDS you get that great charcoal flavor. Once it is lit it is darn near as steady as gas. Doesn't react as quick obviously but they are pretty darn stable once they get dialed in.

    I think my favorite though is that a UDS could care less if it is windy or not.[​IMG]

    Dave
     
  6. bigsteve

    bigsteve Master of the Pit

    Okay, I think I'm starting to understand why you guys use hand cranked valves instead of vents for intake. Never could figure why.
     
  7. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The valves give you the ultimate in control with the intakes. This makes it fairly easy to dial in the drum. The uds is a great performer in any kind of bad weather.
     
  8. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Simple.

    18 hour burn times on 1 load of fuel.






    How many times do you check your bullet??? [​IMG]
     
  9. azrocker

    azrocker Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Nice! Ol' Maude is good for about 12 but I like to give her a chunk or two for flavor. She has a nice flat top to pre heat the chunk on. I like tending her though. Drink a beer and watch her smoke. [​IMG]
     
  10. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    12 hours on a single load of fuel in an offset???

    Maude is the offset in your sig pic, right?

    Dave
     
  11. azrocker

    azrocker Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Yow I load her full using Minion method and mix wood in. I get a good twelve hour burn. Close her down tight and I have one small vent hole on box. Get a long clean burn. Probably goes for more then twelve but that is the most I have used. I load it to the brim on the box you see then light with a torch and that was with Cowboy. Imagine what she'll do with RO. It takes about a bag of lump plus some wood chunks to load her full.[​IMG]
     
  12. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Now THAT"S impressive!! [​IMG] Not many offsets can do that.

    Dave
     
  13. azrocker

    azrocker Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    This is my first offset and I didn't know that. She is heavy steel it takes at least 2 to move her maybe that contributes to the burn. I made vent covers so the only hole I leave open is about the size of a pencil. Guess I love Maude more every day.

    BTW That's on a calm day I do get a lot of wind effect. The elbow on the stack turns so I can point it out of the wind but a high wind creates a suction and I don't get as good of a burn. I think the door gaskets helped in that area though. I used to get a lot of draft out of the door.
     
  14. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    This is another reason I am going to build a UDS. I am constantly tweeking my ECB while it is cooking. I estimate I need to do something to it every 45 minutes or so. I would start another project and there goes my ET-73 beeping away at me. Drop everything and go tend to it.
     
  15. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I think somebody's pulling our leg. [​IMG]
     
  16. azrocker

    azrocker Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    8 hours ten hours twelve hours I don't really care. I like tending to my Maude. She is good to me. Guess I thought that was what the Minion Method is all about. Have not heard from Jim on this. Maybe I drink too many beers while I tend her [​IMG] I will just have to time her next time. Sure seems like twelve when I leave her burn over night. Oh well smoke is smoke. I just like her thin and blue!
     
  17. pinkmeat

    pinkmeat Smoking Fanatic

    Do the temps stay steady as well?
     
  18. azrocker

    azrocker Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    So I decided to fire Maude up for a test run to see what time I was getting. The answer is the temps were not steady. It was a windy day and I fought to keep her at 220. I did get a long burn but ended up having to throw on a couple of sticks to get her up to temp. I did get a good 8 hours but can't say it was a "good" burn. I eneded up feeding her about 4 chunks and 2 sticks to keep the temp up. Next time I am going to get a hotter fire going in the very beginning so I am sure my times will drop. Oh well practice makes perfect [​IMG]
     
  19. phreak

    phreak Meat Mopper

    18 hour steady burn with 1 load of lump

    cost to build < $50

    oh and I heard all the cool kids have one.
     
  20. graybeard

    graybeard Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Maude has a very low fire box. That may be the answer. At any rate I like the way she is put together!!

    beard
     

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