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Old 05-17-2008, 08:50 AM   #1
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Cliff's new project

Once you build a UDS you tend to go a little nuts.

I have been carrying this tank around in my truck for several months now.

I took the opportunity yesterday to begin to shape it into a work or bbq art.

My original plan was to cut it down to UDS size and model it after a WSM. The point being that if Weber will not come on with a 22" wsm then folks will just build thier own.

The problem is that I cannot weld. There is no small welding shop in this town. On one wants to mess with it. So I am going to nut and bolt the thing together and then find someone to weld it shut later.

I had plans to hinge the lid which may still happen at some point but not for now.

The coolest thing about this tank is the drain. I am looking forward to seeing how well it holds temps without a 1/2 of grease boiling in the bottom.

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Old 05-17-2008, 08:58 AM   #2
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Nice tank !! How are you going to load meat and fuel? Air venting?
Schit, I feel myself getting sucked into another project that I don't need to do.
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Old 05-17-2008, 09:05 AM   #3
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Nice tank !! How are you going to load meat and fuel? Air venting?
Schit, I feel myself getting sucked into another project that I don't need to do.
I am going to model it after a WSM/UDS. It will have two or three intakes at the bottom.

I plan to incoporate spin racks.
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Old 05-17-2008, 09:17 AM   #4
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Cool..you should build a smokehouse next
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Old 05-17-2008, 09:24 AM   #5
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Cool..you should build a smokehouse next
It's on my list.....way down at the bottom unfortunantly.
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Old 05-17-2008, 12:50 PM   #6
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Saaawweeet Cliff.
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Old 05-22-2008, 08:16 PM   #7
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Progress report.

The door is presenting to be a challeng since I can't weld. I am having to put a little thought into it.

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This looks like a perfect project. If I were closer I'd be glad to help with the welding!

In the last couple of pics you have something that looks like it might be the water pan. Is that the case? If so - will it be too small to keep drippings from hitting the coals?
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Old 05-23-2008, 08:17 AM   #9
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that is looking really good.

is it a old pressure tank for a well system?
Yes, it is one of these.

http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=p ... lpage=none
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Old 05-23-2008, 08:20 AM   #10
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This looks like a perfect project. If I were closer I'd be glad to help with the welding!

In the last couple of pics you have something that looks like it might be the water pan. Is that the case? If so - will it be too small to keep drippings from hitting the coals?
I set a water pan in the bottom to get a general idea of how a charcoal basket will look.

With drum smoking, the fat hitting the coals is where the distinct flavor comes from.
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Got that right Cliff! That's why I love to cook direct! Great project! Looks real nice indeed.
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This looks like a perfect project. If I were closer I'd be glad to help with the welding!

In the last couple of pics you have something that looks like it might be the water pan. Is that the case? If so - will it be too small to keep drippings from hitting the coals?
I set a water pan in the bottom to get a general idea of how a charcoal basket will look.

With drum smoking, the fat hitting the coals is where the distinct flavor comes from.
I see. It that what the UDS stands for? I've got a lot to learn!
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Old 05-23-2008, 10:48 AM   #13
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UDS- Ugly Drum Smoker.

Monty,

I got a wsm after I joined this forum. It is one of the greatest cooking machines ever invented. Just like many other folks I wanted more room. If Weber would come on with a 22" wsm, I would be on it.

Then ProBBQ had an opportunity. but they came out with an 18" also.

Then I read about the Big Drum Smoker.

Then I read about the Ugly Drum Smoker

Then I built one.

Now my uds is my "go to" smoker, until I get a Lang or something. Even IF I should one day have one of the big pullbehind smokers, I am going to request that it be fitted with a way to mount a wsm and a uds.
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So, I could also get rid of the pan in the WSM and cook over direct heat - but what about flame ups? is that an issue?
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Great job so far Cliff.
Maybe bolt some flat stock around the door opening. Just hold it in a bit so the door will seal better.
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Great job so far Cliff.
Maybe bolt some flat stock around the door opening. Just hold it in a bit so the door will seal better.
That is my plan Puff. That and a stainless sttel piano hinge.
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So, I could also get rid of the pan in the WSM and cook over direct heat - but what about flame ups? is that an issue?
Temps are to low for flare up. I am not saying that it won't happen to you on the first try though.
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Old 05-24-2008, 04:22 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by Cliff H.
Once you build a UDS you tend to go a little nuts.

I have been carrying this tank around in my truck for several months now.

I took the opportunity yesterday to begin to shape it into a work or bbq art.

My original plan was to cut it down to UDS size and model it after a WSM. The point being that if Weber will not come on with a 22" wsm then folks will just build thier own.
The problem is that I cannot weld. There is no small welding shop in this town. On one wants to mess with it. So I am going to nut and bolt the thing together and then find someone to weld it shut later.

I had plans to hinge the lid which may still happen at some point but not for now.

The coolest thing about this tank is the drain. I am looking forward to seeing how well it holds temps without a 1/2 of grease boiling in the bottom.

I still don't see any 22" WSM's out there but there is now a 20" and you can buy additional sections and stack them:

http://www.fredsmusicandbbq.com/ProQ_BB ... xcel20.htm

Available this July
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