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Old 11-22-2009, 01:38 AM   #1
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UDS Build and 1st somke W/pics

While poking around here in the forum I herd about the UDS and the Mother of all threads over on the Brethren site. Well after a couple of nights of reading I only made it through 110 pages. With 90+ to go I figured I had enough information to be dangerous.
Last week I acquired a 55 Gal (FOOD GRADE) drum.

Couple of holes in the bottom and a good burn.

Used 2" of the the top ring from a (found on the side of the road) Webber one touch. I used 4 stainless bolts to hold ring in place and rest the grill grate on. I ran out of BBQ paint so I also used some regular flat black that I had laying around.

Mid week I did a test run / seasoning burn with just some oil rubbed on the inside. She ran 5 hrs at 250 with 3.5 lbs of lump and some Lemon sticks.
Friday I got up at 4am and put 3 shoulders on. Loaded the basket up wiht 10 Lbs of Hardwood Briquet's and hickory chunks. She was running a little hot for the first 2 hrs until I got in to settled down to 225. Around the 7 hr mark is started to cool down so I shook the basket to knock the ash down. The total cook was 14 Hrs. Pulled when internal temp hit @ 190.

Not too bad if I do say so.

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Old 11-22-2009, 07:25 AM   #2
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That is is good looking drum and some good looking grub. You should be able to maintain bbq temps for up to 20 hours on one load of lump.

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Old 11-22-2009, 07:35 AM   #3
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Smokin'! ... Your neighbor called and wants his Weber back That PP looks tasty!
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Old 11-22-2009, 11:20 AM   #4
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I must say it was a far cry from feeding the home made Texas side burner. For the most part the drum held steady temps. Had to shake the ash down once at around 7 hrs.
At one point the wind picked up and temps claimed with it. I choked it down too much allowing the temps to drop to 100 deg. The temps yoyo'ed for a hour until I stopped fussing with it and let it settle in. I need to learn to keep my hands off and the the drum do its thing. Something I could never do with the home made stick burner.

If any one is in So Cal and wants a Home Made side burner and is willing to pick it up................ Come and get it.
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Old 11-22-2009, 01:38 PM   #5
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That's an ugly drum. Congrats!!!!
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Old 11-22-2009, 06:52 PM   #6
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Nice UDS Keith F !

Man you did a top notch job on the shoulders

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Old 11-22-2009, 06:53 PM   #7
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Good lookin PP fer sur!
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Old 11-23-2009, 06:37 PM   #8
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NOTHING like making your own smoker and producing product like that. Nice job.
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Old 11-24-2009, 09:58 PM   #9
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Nice job,,I've been playing with 1 of those UDS.
A good buddy I worked with for 25 years at CF stopped over
we got to talkin about paint. He tells me that Rust-Oleum has a BBQ paint
1100 degrees and rust proof also.
I leave mine outside for the night to cool down, sometimes it rains

Good Luck with you new toy,,
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Old 11-24-2009, 10:28 PM   #10
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Nice work! PP looks great!

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