Micro uds?

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by kandl, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. Looking at my old ecb and wondered if anyone ever sealed the bottom and made a micro uds ?

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  2. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good question.

    I am looking to build either a mini wsm or mini uds.


    55 gal uds is to big for most of my cooks.

    I have a ecb too.
     
  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Lots of Mini UDS' out there made from smaller drums. 18 gallon-30gallon.
     
  4. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Smaller drums are hard to find.
     
  5. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit

    Kieth found his 30 gal drums for his mini uds. But. I dont see why the ecb cant be sealed up and act as the same right? Never actually cooked on a ecb.. but same idea as the drum once sealed at the bottom for better vent control right?
     
  6. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Used yes, but new really easy to get.
     
  7. Yeah I don't see why it wouldn't work either pretty much the same principal.  Maybe I'll get bored this winter and play around.  I don't plan to use this particular ECB again as I still have another one in better shape if I really wanted to use one. 
     
  8. redneck69

    redneck69 Smoking Fanatic

    stop by one of your local auto repair shops or a bulk oil supplier and see if they have any 80/90 wight drums that are empty..those are usually around 30 gallons
     
  9. Rings Я Us

    Rings Я Us Master of the Pit Group Lead

    I did. Lol 4 years later
     
  10. Rings Я Us

    Rings Я Us Master of the Pit Group Lead

    Works great.. no leaks and goes 8 plus hours on a load of blue bag kingsford
     
  11. Rings Я Us

    Rings Я Us Master of the Pit Group Lead

    Bunch of holes to let out ash in a 15 inch tabletop kettle grill. Air vents on sides too. 2 Weber dampers on the steel bushel basket the grill sets in. Maintains 225 all day using dampers.
     
  12. Rings Я Us

    Rings Я Us Master of the Pit Group Lead

    The ECB diameter is just a tad smaller than the tub it rests on. I only use some foil as a gasket there.
     
  13. Rings Я Us

    Rings Я Us Master of the Pit Group Lead

    So it's still pretty much an El CheapO.

    Vent on top. Rope seal with RTV. A bit of expanded steel to raise coals a bit. Reused the original legs on the tub.
     
  14. Rings Я Us

    Rings Я Us Master of the Pit Group Lead

    This tub was $15.00 . 17.5 inch. They call it a bushel basket. It doesn't take much heat how it's set up.
     
  15. Rings Я Us

    Rings Я Us Master of the Pit Group Lead

    Made this charcoal basket I can use. Just sets in the kettle grill, which sets in the wash tub 😀
    The handle comes off easy. It was on the kettle grill.
     
  16. troutnribs

    troutnribs Newbie

    I'm new to this......

    Your solution to the base/coal basket is just what I've been looking for.

    Is your base made from the Behrens galvanized sheet steel utility basket?

    If yes, is that being galvanized steel OK to use in smoking?  I'm seeing posts in various places where it looks like anything galvanized is potentially dangerous.

    Thanks in advance.  I'm planning to join or scab together 2 ECB to make a poor man's Pit Barrel Cooker.  Your coal baskett solution looks perfect for me.
     
  17. Rings Я Us

    Rings Я Us Master of the Pit Group Lead

    I never have the coals in or close to the galvanized bushel basket. People have been burning in that material for a hundred years. They still sell them for burning yard waste. Trash cans with holes. And people burn wood in these tubs to put a grate on and cook steaks etc.. saw old guy doing it on bbq with Franklin show.. I'm not worrying about some possible minute contamination . I'm not inhaling the fumes or ingesting enough to ever worry about..

    My estimate is 400° that galvanized tub gets at the top. Most heat is up and centered more from the kettle grill inside. 🤓
     
  18. Rings Я Us

    Rings Я Us Master of the Pit Group Lead

    You can get these mini oil barrels and make an UDS.

    These are exactly 14.5" measured across the rolled edges and interior is exactly 14". The smokey joe grates should fit. They have lids on some that come off for guys to scoop out grease for grease guns. The lids can be used for smoker lid.
     
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2017

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