my 16 gallon mini uds

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by danvan, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. Here's some pictures and info on my 16 gallon uds.

    After seeing the UDS that Sawzall made, I decided to make my own.

    I came across a couple of 16 gallon drums from a buddy of mine.  I had thought about a small-scale UDS, but didn't know what to do about the racks, lid, etc.  But after I saw the post from Sawzall, I proceeded to the local Walmart to find the Uniflame charcoal grill for $22..... lucky me, they were on clearance for $5, so I bought 4 of them.   Now as I get more drums from my friend, I will be making more of these babies.

    They are really simple to operate, and use very little fuel.

    I think I have $15 into this one.  The lid/rack/grate cost $5, the expanded metal was $59 for a 4x8' sheet, so $3.50, a can of tremclad bbq paint was $7.  I already had the pipe fittings and valves from a machine I bought years ago for scrap metal.

    Showing my lack of originality, I even used my candy thermometer through the vent in the lid.


    Showing the inside with 2 racks installed.


    The charcoal basket.  I wrapped the 11" grate from the grill with expanded metal and welded it in place.  I put 3" legs on it.


    Some side ribs on the moker.


    Thanks for looking... any questions, just ask.

  2. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    I like it!
  3. smokinal

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

    Nice I like it too!
  4. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    How cool is that !  Nice job !
  5. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    Nice [​IMG]
  6. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    danvan, morning..... excellent build... looks like it works very well by looking at the ribs... Dave
  7. Thanks for the kind words, guys.

    I'm happy with how it turned out, and I already have two more different smokers in the works.

    I have a 55 gallon uds almost complete, as well as a RF mini build with a 30 gallon drum sitting crosswise on top of a 16 gallon drum which will be used for the fire box.

    It all depends on when I can sneak away from the Mrs and the kids to the farm shop to get at the welder and the grinder.

  8. big twig

    big twig Smoking Fanatic

    Really cool! That would make for a nice toss in the trunk tailgating smoker.
  9. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks great!!

  10. frosty

    frosty Master of the Pit

    Way to go Danvan!  Who says the builds have to be massive?  Yours looks great, just as it is!

  11. ugaboz

    ugaboz Smoking Fanatic

  12. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    [​IMG]  nice job on the ribs as well

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