Intake placement?

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by inkjunkie, Feb 23, 2015.

  1. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Going to make the trip to Athol today to pick a few 55 gallon food grade drums. Need to call "Mike the Stripper", a neighbor who has some sort of high dollar "dustless" media blaster about stripping the paint off of it for me. Was going to buy a kit to build the UDS with but have decided against that, jut going to use several of the ideas that I have found on here.

    Have some expanded metal in the garage...along with some 11 gauge sheet, just need to pick up some angle iron and something to use as a handle and the fire bucket will be taken care of.

    I have a DigiQDX2 that I use on the BGE when cooking low and slow on it. Planning on just getting the necessary adapter to use it on the 3/4" black pipe that will be used for the intake. Which finally leads me to my question....At what point, either from the top or bottom of the drum, are the intakes installed? Would think that if they were to low, depending on the size of the fire basket and the amount of time the fire is lit, that you may run into a problem with ash choking off the intake. Should the intakes be mounted just above the bottom of the fire basket? How much space is required between the bottom of the fire basket and the ash pan on the bottom?
     
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  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Should the intakes be mounted just above the bottom of the fire basket? Yes, 5" from the bottom of the drum....


    How much space is required between the bottom of the fire basket and the ash pan on the bottom? 4" should give enough room for ash and still have room for air supply...
     
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2015
  3. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Thanks Dave. Just called the place where I am going to get the drums....they are line...My neighbor has one of these....

    http://dustlessblasting.com/index.html

    should be able to zip the lining off....
     
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    WHOA !!!!!!! Good neighbor to have..... Nice piece of equipment..... I suppose you will have to take the drums to a job site.... Don't think you want that fired up in your driveway....
     
  5. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Mike uses it out in his yard. Got invited to his annual party, plenty of tanerite and anvil launching will be going on...
     
  6. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    My buddy just built a cannon..... I have seen the videos of the "launching" parties.... pretty cool stuff.......
     
  7. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    This year should be entertaining if we are not to dry. Mike now has some sort of explosive license. He is involved in one way or another with the fireworks display that is put on at the Couer d'Alene casino....
     
  8. The intakes on mine are 3" from the bottom as is the basket. I look forward to watching your build.

    Happy smoken.

    David
     
  9. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you can get front row seats, take pictures.... that would be cool...
     
  10. I'm in    be watching from a cold and frozen East Texas (for a couple of days)

    Gary
     

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