Cleaning out UDS

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by lookwow, Apr 11, 2011.

  1. lookwow

    lookwow Smoke Blower

    So how do you all clean out the bottom of your UDS?
  2. rw willy

    rw willy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    My son and I hold it upside down and shake it.  Or I'll use a wet vac with a ash filter installed.  Once a year I'll hose it out and scrub with simple green.  Reseason and smoke on.  So for so good.
  3. smokingeagle

    smokingeagle Smoke Blower

    I just lift the coal basket out and wipe the bottom out with a paper towel to get the moisture out and dump any ash from the basket and its ready to use the next time .                                                                                                                                                            I
  4. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The wife just got a new Dyson, with the suction it has makes me want to take it out to clean the ash from my drums and also the other smoker.

    Other then that I just wait till one of the kids is in trouble and they get to clean all the smokers instead of being grounded.
  5. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Mini shop vac myself. 
  6. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    Small collapsible shovel.
  7. lookwow

    lookwow Smoke Blower

    When i looked at it before posting this which was shortly after a smoke it looked a little wet so i was not sure. When i went to clean it though it was rather dry with the ash kinda soaking up the wetness. So I just went and got a standbox shovel and that cleaned the ash and what not out good. I think after the summer ill do like suggested above and hose it out and use some green cleaner. thanks for the info.
  8. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The bottom of my UDS can get quite a bit of water so I usually just wipe it out with a bunch of paper towels ever so often. I have thougt about using a shop vac but I didn't want to have to clean that out after I cleaned the UDS.
  9. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Shop vac to clean the ashes. To clean the grates I throw them on the gas grill on high then wire brush them. Other than that I don't clean the inside of my drum. My drum bottom used to be the top so the moisture leaks out the bottom, no problem with the moisture collecting on the bottom.

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