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UDS Planning Check

Chogreshi

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Hello All,

I am in the planning stage of starting a UDS with a 55 Gallon Drum and I am thinking that I want to install 2 Cooking Grates and 1 Waterpan/Heat Deflector Grate. I plan to use the flat top and not the Weber Dome (Do not like the looks).

I have planned out where I am going to drill holes on photoshop and want someone just to check over my measurements and let me know if I should move them or if I will run into issues with placement.

The Firebasket I was planning to make is 9" x 24" Expanded Metal and 1" ash pan. If I can do the normal 12" x 24" Metal let me know cause I would rather go with the bigger size.

Your expertise would be appreciated

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Chogreshi

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Thank you for the info provided. I see your original plans had the grates at 5" and 9", was that enough space for larger meats like Pork Butt? or Roasts?
 

hardcookin

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The first one I had, I used a Weber lid for, so plenty of room on the top rack.
The 2nd one I did, I just used a regular lid.
And to be honest I don't recall what measurements I used.
I smoked a lot of chicken.

Measure a pork butt and space them accordingly.
 

Braz

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I think the adjustable rack solution that hardcookin posted above is brilliant.
 

hardcookin

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I think the adjustable rack solution that hardcookin posted above is brilliant.
I can't take credit for that, it was off another UDS build when I was researching mine.
It would make rack adjustments pretty nice though.
 

fivetricks

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1. Don't add a waterpan. Just not needed. You won't need to add humidity to the barrel and your even-ness of temps won't benefit from it either. Just go with a basic heat deflector and save yourself both trouble and vertical real estate.

2. Two racks are great for the extra real estate but are also super frustrating to work with. Ask me how I know lol.

I'm not saying don't use two racks, but I am saying that it's a lot harder to maneuver the upper and lower racks with 300 degrees air and smoke blowing into your face, especially when they're loaded down with food you're trying to not drop.

You can only have a hot UDS open for so long before it starts to flame up. It will turn into an inferno in no time. Again ask me how I know. So bear this in mind during the design and build stage of your barrel :-)
 

meatallica

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When I built a UDS, I put a second rack in. I never used it it was a pain in the a$$. I did go with a kettle lid and a hinge, and that made life a lot better
 

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