My version of a UDS

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by zjaybird, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. zjaybird

    zjaybird Meat Mopper

    Here is how I have been building Charcoal UDS.   I have only been using used oil barrels, since I am still not sure what to think of the enamel liners in the food grade.  I can usually burn the oil out of the drum with a good hot burn of charcoal with no lid.  I tried to take the following pictures to better show how I am making them and hope I can help the next person expand and keep the world of UDS builds, ever changing and improving.  In the pictures you will see how I just cut a hole in the bottom of the drum.  The middle of the hole is at 2 in...use a 2 1/8 in hole saw and then place the pipe inside the drum approx 1 in and weld it into place.  Been using the seam as a guide to keep the pipe straight.  Another picture will show how I just use a piece of whatever metal is available to make a pivoting cover for the intake.   Another picture will show how I cut the bottom of the weber kettle grill and then tack weld it into place, just enough to hold it and not warp anything.  Lastly, a picture of my basket.  It is made from the bottom of the grill with 3/4 in expanded metal for the sides, 8 inches tall.  At the bottom of the basket you will see an ugly piece of metal.  That is just a piece of very thin steel that I found in our metal hopper at work that I am working into holding the ash, so that I can just pull the basket out of the drum and dump to a awaiting garbage bag.  I don't do anything fancy anymore, I leave that up to the person I make it for.  That will usually give around a 14+ hour burn time if the smoker is kept around 240 degrees (+ - 20 degrees).   Need to ask questions, send me a PM



  2. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice work. [​IMG]
  3. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Good job !!!!
  4. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    [​IMG]great fab[​IMG]
  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That's a beauty!

    Looking forward to seeing it in action!
  6. tom c

    tom c Smoking Fanatic

  7. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member


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