Tucker's UDS Build (Build # 001 - 004)

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by matttucker, Jun 28, 2015.

  1. As i posted in another post, my large OzarkSmoke Reverse Flow smoker trailer was just a bit too much smoker for regular home use, so it left me searching the interwebs. A Ugly Drum Smoker (UDS), seemed to fit the bill; and with that, I was off.

    I purchased the drums from a company just outside of St. Louis, Missouri in Venice, IL called Container Distributors. They charged $60 for a brand new open top unlined drum with lid (here is the link http://www.containerdistributors.com/). These drums give me 33" of interior drum height to deal with, and for these we will be using a flat lid.

    Here was my initial design:

    Drum Interior Height = 33"
    Location of Top Rack from Top of Smoker = 8"
    Location of Lower Rack from Top of Smoker = 14"
    Charcoal Basket Overall Height (Including 3" Standoff) = 13" (10" Charcoal wall)
    Charcoal Basket Inside Diameter = 15" (using 3/4 x #9 Exp Metal)
    Quantity of Air Intakes = 2
    Size of Air Intakes = 1-1/2 Standard Pipe
    Location of Air Intakes From Outside Bottom = 3" to Center of Pipe
    Size of Exhaust On Lid = 3" Standard Pipe
    Location of Exhaust On Lid = Unknown

    Well, we finished 2 of the 4 UDS smokers this week before Jeff Fitter and I took off for the Tri-County BBQ Championship in Festus, Missouri. We didn't cook our competition on the drums, but it gave us something to play with during the down time. I have to say, I am really really impressed with the drums.

    Here are some photos from the process.

    --Matt Tucker


    Photo # 001 (New, Un-Lined Drums)

    I bought these drums from Container Distributors in Venice, IL for $60/each.

    Photo # 002 (An inside look at the layout)

    You can see the layout lines for the 2 shelves, the diffuser shelf, and the hanging racks at the top.

    Photo # 003 (Fitting up the lids.)

    Time to fit up the exhaust on the lids. A 1ft piece of 3" Standard Pipe fit the bill.

    Photo # 004 (The Cook Chamber)

    Almost all fitted up and ready for welding.

    Photo # 005 (Welding Time)

    Time to get it all welded up.

    Photo # 006 (Lid and Handle Design)

    I did not want a hinged lid, but also didn't want a hook to just hang the lid. Some small tubing and round rod did the trick nicely.

    Photo # 007 (Grinding)

    Lots and lots of grinding.

    Photo # 008 (Charcoal Baskets)

    Without a doubt, the Charcoal Baskets took the longest to complete. Cutting 3/4 x #9 Expanded metal with a torch is tedious work.

    Photo # 009 (Almost Complete)

    Almost complete.

    Photo # 010 (Bling)

    Exhaust covers and some "bling" are painted up.

    Photo # 011 (Phatso's BBQ UDS)

    A look at the first one painted up for Phatso's BBQ, a friend of mine. We used Dupli-Color Engine Enamel for the paint in aerosol cans (it took 3 full cans per UDS).

    Photo # 011 (OzarkSmoke's UDS)

    A look at the first one painted up for OzarkSmoke, this one's mine. We used Dupli-Color Engine Enamel for the paint in aerosol cans (it took 3 full cans per UDS).

    Photo # 012 (A look at both smokers.)

    Both UDS's together. We have 2 more that are almost done, but weren't quite ready for photos.

    Photo # 013 (OzarkSmoke Bling)

    I really like the look of the stand-off for the logos, and the alternating colors.
  2. huskerrow

    huskerrow Smoke Blower

  3. learnin2smoke

    learnin2smoke Fire Starter

    Are you custom building UDS smokers for sale? If so, sign me up!!
  4. rublover

    rublover Newbie

    How did you determine the position of the top grill?

    Where would you place a thermometer?

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