My UDS Build

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by erik, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. erik

    erik Fire Starter

    Almost finished. Just need to get the firebox put together and the whole thing painted.

    Used the If a Redneck Built a UDS instructions.

    Holes all drilled out:


    Bolts, Temp Gauge, and Intakes all installed:


    Ball Valve:


    Rack sitting on the bolts. May need to cut down the bolts a bit so I can maneuver to the lower rack easier.


    All put together:


    Lid fit is sketchy, I'll have to play with it a bit to make it a good fit, any suggestions?
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  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Looks like a great start
  3. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the ugly club, you are gonna love that smoker! [​IMG]
  4. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You betcha!

    Flatten  the lip out with some pliers(It's quite thin). Then place it on the drum and bang it around to give it a nice fit. Use a rubber mallet.
  5. duck killer 1

    duck killer 1 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    looks great! is that a stainless barrel? it sure is shiny in that one pic of the inside.
  6. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Your going to enjoy smoking on that baby. I also had to cut down the bolts so I could get stuff in and out easier. They don't need to be very long.
  7. erik

    erik Fire Starter

    I don't think the barrel is Stainless Steel, I got it for $15. They were advertised as steel, food grade, and already cleaned out.
  8. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

    Nice UDS there your gonna love it and great that the barrel is clean on the inside no liner.
  9. duck killer 1

    duck killer 1 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    take a magnet and see if it sticks to the barrel, if it does then it is regular steel if it don't then it is a non ferrous metal and it could be stainless which means $$$. the reason i ask is if it was regular steel and had been cleaned out then i would think you would see some rust and it wouldn't be so shiny. 
  10. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great Job Erik,

    I gotta go with what AK says. bend the lip like he said or find ya a piece of board to hammer against, for sure with a soft face mallet of some sort. When you set the lid on the drum you want to bend the lid at 4 locations to make sure you are centered, if you start at one place and go around it may get off center. Here is a pic of when I did mine.


    Good luck on the lid and can't wait to see smoke coming out of that thing.
  11. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Erik, here's a few pics of mine. I just used pliers to bend the lip straight, then put it on the drum and tapped it with a rubber mallet all around to get it to sit straight.

  12. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    One more thing. Wear eye protection because when you're using the pliers little bits of enamel pop off like shrapnel. It doesn't hurt, but you wouldn't want to get any of those little sharp bits in your eye.
  13. erik

    erik Fire Starter

    Eye protection covered. I'm a bit accident prone, so I had already bought goggles for the drilling. I catch enough ribbing from the Wife as it is. [​IMG]
  14. thunderdome

    thunderdome Master of the Pit

    Looks like you're good to go!

    You can also shave back the roll on the top of the drum with a grinder to slightly decrease the diameter

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