Need some opinions......

Discussion in 'Other Builds' started by etcher1, Jan 31, 2010.

  1. etcher1

    etcher1 Master of the Pit

    Do you think this would work?
    It is to increase the cooking area of a UDS. I drew it in cad so if it work I'll post some dimensions.
    I've got a few drums to mess with, but I got frig I want to modify first. If it ever warms up around here.
  2. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I don't see why that wouldn't work? I'll take one. haha
  3. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    i've seen plans similar online some where but the bottom drum was horizontal as well...i like this look better.
  4. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks like a good idea.. kida expands the cooking area of a uds. I might even think to use a 35 gal on the bottom so a tad more of the heat is forced into the cooking chamber...
  5. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    And i wouldn't make a door on the bottom, too hard to seal. If the top drum is mated with the bottom drum at the diameter, then you could put a basket down there through the cooking chamber with the racks removed..
  6. meat hunter

    meat hunter Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Yes, good idea about the basket. One less place for excess air to worry about. What about a single stack in the back? 2 3" stacks too much?

    Very nice design by the way[​IMG]
  7. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Just my honest opinion as to how my UDS works. If you have a door for your firebox, I have one on mine, I would only use a 1/2" ball valve on each side, more than plenty, oxygen will seep through the door ya need to compensate for this. I would make your firebox much bigger, maybe 16 x 8, that would enable you to add coal and wood by way of the door. Only other thing is would it be stable? Other than that, nice job! [​IMG]
  8. got14u

    got14u Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What has been said is good. but I would also say lower the exhaust holes so the smoke goes up and then rolls back down. I would think you will need a lot more fuel for this to run.
  9. dirt guy

    dirt guy Smoking Fanatic

    It looks like a decent foundation to start from. If you don't put the door on the bottom, won't you have to remove the racks every time you want to add fuel?

    Dropping the stack inlets also sounds like a good idea to explore.
  10. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If it works like a drum, why the need to add fuel? I'll bet this design will be as fuel efficient as a regular drum or even more..
  11. slim

    slim Meat Mopper

    Wouldnt there be a hot spot in the middle ?
  12. slareau

    slareau Fire Starter

    I think you would want a diffuser plate/water pan or something between the vertical drum and the cooking chamber to prevent a hot spot in the center.
  13. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Are we still talking about the smoker??

    As little airflow as a drum has and with dual exhaust, I think this will cook very evenly. One of the beauties of the drum is the separation between the food and the heat source..
  14. duck killer 1

    duck killer 1 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    i love it! i just started my first uds and it's not too late for me to change gears and try this design. if ya post or pm me some dimensions i'll be the Guinea pig! and i'll post the qview. i got plenty of barrels etc. to work with.
  15. emtee

    emtee Fire Starter

    Mine is the same type of design, although my nozzle is but 6" diameter. I think you'll be finer than frog hair.

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