My UDS Build. Love it so far!!

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by bhawkins, Jul 18, 2015.

  1. Got tired of trying to get a firebox to seal. All I wanted was something that I could control the temps on and get good flavor.In my opinion this has got to be the easiest smoker to use. As you can see I had a weber lid. It fits perfectly! The drum was a sealed top that had coolant that goes in turning lathes and such to keep metal cooled while machining it. No liner!! I soaked it out for a couple of days then burned out the lid at work and ground out any sharp edges. I then used a propane/oxygen torch, at work, to burn it out the first time. I had it glowing red so I felt pretty good about the sterilization of it!!

    For vents I made two 1 inch by 2 inch slots and bent slide covers for them. I can get 450 degrees plus with these wide open!!

    Got a little dirt splashed on it from rain.

    Formed some legs for it so it can stay dry underneath it.

    Smoking Away!!

    I had already built the fire basket and it fit so I use it. That thing will hold a LOT of charcoal.The great thing is this smoker don't use a lot of fuel at all!! and when I am done all I do is close all vents and it don't take long for the fire to be put out.

    You can see I put two rows of bolts around it so I have two different grate heights. I can lower the grate if I want to stand a turkey up on it or something. I have some Hickory wood here so I have been burning that down for charcoal. Let it stay open while burning out the white smoke. Still got a bit of white in these pics, however after the coal bed gets established you don't see any smoke at all coming out of it!!
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The UDS is one of the most efficient smokers there are, and they produce some great food.... I like the inlets... good idea....
  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice looking UDS! I like you vents and legs.

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