A thought about design

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by canned smoke, Mar 2, 2011.

  1. canned smoke

    canned smoke Fire Starter SMF Premier Member

    Well, I am getting antsy about my UDS build. I don't have the toys (welders and such) and until recently didn't have the space to work so unfortunately some of my wilder ideas are at the mercy of a local fab shop. 98% of the build I can do but for some of my tweaks it required a little welding. So while I continue to wait I do what I normally do, read through probably every thread on these boards.

    Something I have been thinking about and I fail to find as an issue so maybe it isn't but I thought I would ask. Does anyone experience hot spots with their UDS? My design incorporates a baffle of sorts, but I had other ideas that I might explore to make the heat more even.
     
  2. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    RBH,first[​IMG]  to the SMF,we have all the knowledge neccessary to be a top notch Smoker[​IMG]. Send Q-view and join in when you feel froggy. Nobody is wrong here, just a few of us are not so practiced[​IMG], but there are enough here to set you straight and get your friends drooling[​IMG].

    Have fun and always,
     
  3. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    No hot spots per se, just temperature differences from the center to the edges, nothing to major though. Keep in mind a baffle will increase your fuel consumption.... I kept mine simple. I also like the the fact that the juices hit the coals and add flavor to the meat, like an old school pit. I can get 20 hours of cook time @ 250* on my drum. But I have talked to some that do a baffle, I just didn't hear any real good reason to put one in my smoker. I built mine without any welds.
     
  4. canned smoke

    canned smoke Fire Starter SMF Premier Member

    Thanks oldschoolbbq. I've actually been a member here for going on 6 years now, but I am more a reader then poster. That will probably change as I get my UDS done and begin on my 500 gallon reverse flow.

    coffee_junkie, Thanks for the reply. I kind of figured as much since I really have read nothing about hotspots in the hundreds of threads I have read but I tend to over think things and in turn over design as well. Once I get my UDS back from the fab shop I will get pictures posted of what I am building into the smoker. It is a probably enough of a baffle to be classified as one, but then again, it isn't a full on baffle either. The pictures will make more sense when you see it. Like I said, I tend to over think and over design so my UDS is a bit outside the box. I have just taken all the information I have read about and made some changes based on the info gathered. Hopefully I get it back soon so I can start getting pics up.
     
  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Holy Cow a 500 gal. reverse flow smoker! Are you cooking for an army? I can't wait to see this bad boy! Good luck on the build & keep us posted with Qview.
     
  6. canned smoke

    canned smoke Fire Starter SMF Premier Member

    SmokinAl, I got the tank for a very good price so the way I see it, if I have it might as well use it! Really I am still tossing around just how big I want to make it so it may be reduced in size before I'm done.
     
  7. fourashleys

    fourashleys Smoking Fanatic

    500 gallon...........NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!  [​IMG]
     
  8. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I would love to see what you have worked up when she gets back from the shop. 

    What part of Kansas?
     
  9. fife

    fife Master of the Pit

    Post some pic's of that smoker it must be very large.
     

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