Starting my UDS

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by gooose53, Sep 27, 2008.

  1. gooose53

    gooose53 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Ok, got my drum for free..... I've looked at some of the other threads about building a UDS, but I still have one question. Is the ball valve the only air source or do you need to have more openings? I'll post some pics tomorrow.
  2. geek with fire

    geek with fire Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    yea, you're going to want more openings; especially when starting the thing up. But you don't need ball valves on all of them. Just cut 2 additional holes and put 2 short nipples with caps in those. When I grilling on the drum, all of the caps are off. When I'm smoking, I usually only have 1 open and the ball valved cracked slightly.
  3. crewdawg52

    crewdawg52 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    3 openings at the bottom are enough to get started. Once up to temp, usually keep one fully open, close one, crack the other. Of course, all depends of weather conditions too.
  4. gooose53

    gooose53 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    The nipples would be cheaper too than the ball valves! Thanks much gents!! I'll probably be closed to finishing to follow.
  5. danbury

    danbury Smoking Fanatic

    I have (2) 3/4" ball valves in mine and most always end up closing one and partially closing the other with hotter burning lump.
  6. greazy

    greazy Fire Starter

    Good ol' Harbor Freight has affordable ball valves.
  7. tn_bbq

    tn_bbq Smoking Fanatic

    yup, but i'd say a pipe and cap is still a bit cheaper.

    redneck guru might even eliminate extra vents altogether
  8. chadpole

    chadpole Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

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