Just joined....like the UDS idea

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by bigjoec, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. bigjoec

    bigjoec Newbie

    So I am considering building my own UDS.  I am quite handy with tools and think it would work out.  With that said, the cost would be about the same as the Lowes Master Forge charcoal smoker, about $60.  I do think that the quality and size difference would be greater with the UDS though.  Any thoughts?

    Also, what are the 4 fitted pipes at the bottom for?  One has a valve.  Would those be for air intake and the valve being for cleaning?
  2. smokinal

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

    The cost will depend on how much you have to pay for the barrel, I think you should figure on $100 total cost. Depending on paint and the top. 

    Yes the valves at the bottom are intakes.
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2011
  3. carbon

    carbon Newbie

    The are several different ways of doing the intake.  The three or four 3/4" vents you see at the bottoms of UDS's are the most popular set up and least expensive to do.  You can also simply drill 3/4" holes and use magnets to control air intake if you want to go real cheap, no valve, no pipes.  

    Some people use a single large intake, either a 1.5" or 2" diameter vent with a flap or ball valve.  It doesn't matter.....as long as you're able to meter air to the charcoal basket.

    You will find that the hardest part of the build is finding that right drum.
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2011
  4. bigjoec

    bigjoec Newbie

    I am definately having a tough time finding a drum.
  5. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    There's some help in my signature for charcoal and watt burners  both, good luck. 
  6. ecto1

    ecto1 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    You can find a drum you just need to look.  Once you join club ugly Friends you forgot you had will start showing up for dinner.
  7. bigjoec

    bigjoec Newbie

    Thanks guys for all your help.  I can't wait to start.
  8. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    Have you checked Craigslist for a drum? I found a great local source for drums that contained honey that were a little taller than the standard oil drum for $10/each. Since the end of summer is almost upon us you can usually find a great deal on new kettle grills like Weber which will have the lid, charcoal grate, and cooking grate you may want. You can probably scrounge some other parts off of it too.
  9. bigjoec

    bigjoec Newbie

    I have checked craigslist.  There wasn't much in my area.  I did find stainless steel for $100 but I can afford that at the moment.
  10. bteem

    bteem Newbie


    I have nothing to go by but my experence. I just did my first smoke today on my uds. It's in the cooler 'resting". All I can say is if it tastes 1/2 as good as it smells, I am in for a treat.

    Patience, find a barrel, it will happen. Then go for it.  I think you will be more then happy you did.

    Anything I can offer, even though I am a newbie as well. Ask.
  11. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    Were are you located it not listed.I have a few barrels in my yard.I'll give you one for a six pack of beer.[​IMG]Beat that.

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