smoker wanna be, soon to be (i hope)

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by dabullseye, Nov 8, 2010.

  1. dabullseye

    dabullseye Newbie

    hi everybody just joined. my real name is dave and i live in batavia,il (far far west burbs of chicago)

    was in the navy from 75-79 stationed in key west . im a bow hunter as well as target shooter.  like turning wood and working with metal. im gonna build a UDS and have no clue as to what im getting into,  but what ive seen it dont look that hard. except for all the txt wording. am not a txter so it all greek to me.
  2. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to the SMF family!  UDS should be an easy build for someone handy.  I'm a fellow wood turner as well.  A bonus is that I use chips from my turnings to smoke (when appropriate)!  The ultimate in getting the most out of both hobbies.
  3. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hey Dave welcome to SMF - In the main fourms page there is a section called Smoking Supplies and Equipment - as a subtitle is UDS builds

    Here is the link

    YOu will find lots of good info there
  4. dabullseye

    dabullseye Newbie

    thx but ive been there, lots to take in for a rookie
  5. dabullseye

    dabullseye Newbie

    what to you turn,spindle, bowl, hollow,seg, or a little of each
  6. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Dave welcome to SMF glad you joined us. Good luck with the build and has been said it's not really that hard to do. Have fun and enjoy another addiction once you get started
  7. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    welcome to the smoke train friend [​IMG]
  8. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    First off Welcome Dave to SMF. You'll like it here for there are alot of really good folks here that would just love to help you with just about anything to do with smoking. Now there are alot of proven recipes for some amazing things here too. So if you need sign up for the E-Course it's free and it will give you the basics of smoking and some good methods to use also. So the next big thing for you to do is go out and get you something to smoke and if you happen to have any questions just post it here and we will be happy to answer them for you.

    Welcome To Your New Addiction          
  9. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome Dave! You'll be up and running in no time! Glad to have you join us.
  10. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    Hi Dave, Welcome to SMF, Glad to have you with us.

    This is the place to learn, lots of good info and helpful friendly Members.

    For those of you new to Smoking, be sure to check out Jeff's 5 Day Smoking Basics eCourse.

    Click Here it's "FREE" ... 5 Day eCourseE
  11. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview. [​IMG]
  12. dabullseye

    dabullseye Newbie

    thanks 4all the tips hope to get a drum soon i got lots of feelers out but, its a no show so far. has anybody made a lower vent system going to all 4 vents by way of a single upright ball valve. if i were to do this would i need to increase or decrease the pipe size further away from the ball valve. im thinking  of taking a lg fitting from the top lid (replaced with a Weber lid for added space) and welding it along the bottom of drum opposite the main intake and piping the other vents into one vertical valve with 2 90* elbows on top past the valve to keep out rain water. im thinking the further away from the valve the pipe would get progressively bigger as it works back toward the welded fitting so the air flow would be more or less equal. or does it need to go from bigger to smaller. i would also like to make a baffle drip pan inside so the drippings drain into a tapered bowl where the drain would self seal itself as the drippings get deeper in the bowl. im also thinking i would like to get a water heater blanket to go around the outside or building it into an insulated box. or im i trying to over do this rather than KISS (keep it simple stupid).
  13. mr mac

    mr mac Smoking Fanatic

    Welcome Dave!  Another woodworker here (my son and I turn a lot of pens, bowls, chess pieces and will be doing balusters here pretty soon) who has, on occasion, taken some of my chips/shavings to the smoker! 


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