Two Piece UDS Build with Pics

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by bartsmoker, Jun 3, 2013.

  1. bartsmoker

    bartsmoker Newbie

    This is my UDS I built last winter. First of all let me say this was very time consuming and would not do it again. But in the end I have a nice smoker that should last. I started with a heavy gauge food grade drum. From there I got a little carried away.

    I made a door to tend to the coals if needed and fill the water pan.

    I thought it would be nice to have it come apart into two pieces for clean up.

    It closes air tight I left it apart in the next pic so you can see I used two pieces of 1/2" flat steel and rolled them, butted them together and welded it.

    I made the coal basket and set it up so you could use it as a water smoker or standard UDS.

    I put a lot of thought into a drip pan that would not block the direct heat. This is what I came up with. I might have to figure out a way to close off the ends. I will try it first.

  2. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Very nicely done.

  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice looking UDS! Lots of great ideas there too.
  4. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice looking UDS. Just a question, why would you want to use a drip pan? I think the drippings that fall and hit the coals add a very distinct flavor to foods smoked on the UDS. IMO it gives it a real "old school' BBQ pit flavor.
  5. bartsmoker

    bartsmoker Newbie

    Dripping on the coals gives the meat a burnt taste. From reading other posts on this site some people like that taste and some don't.  I will try it both ways.
  6. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Very nice genius build.....  Dave
  7. I agree with coffee_junkie  cooking in an open pit style does bring a unique flavor to the meat. This is

    why the UDS is so universal. It can be used as a water cooker, deflected heat, or and open pit.

    Awesome build.
  8. Nice build. I love it. How does it cook? Does it hold temp well?

    Happy smoken.

  9. bartsmoker

    bartsmoker Newbie

    I have not found any time or good weather to try it. I did smoke some baby back ribs this weekend on my offset smoker. I want to test the UDS on something a little cheaper first,  to see how it holds the temp.
  10. chiefusn

    chiefusn Smoke Blower

    Instead of cooking something on it, just do a season on it with about a 1/2 basket of fuel. This way, you're not going to ruin any meat and just burn up a couple of bucks for fuel. I did that on mine to see how well it held temp and see how long it would go.Very nice build by the way. A lot of great enginuity put into it.Chad
  11. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sounds like a perfect choice would be a spatchcocked chicken. I like doing these for test cooks because they are cheap. and can handle a wide range of heat temps. And if the skin doesn't end up crisp, you test out the grilling capabilities too!
  12. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Yep AWESOME build... i see alot of similarities to the BPS but customized... like it alot.    I saw that concept of a diverter before on another forum when i was looking at heat diverters, i hope it works well for you.   I ended up just doing a pizza pan with holes drilled into it, evens out heat a little if i want it and catches some more of the drippings say for a pork shoulder. 

    That shelf is bad to the bone for sure!
  13. NICE build man!
  14. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit

    So far ive takin my uds on two camp trips and to the gulf coast.. i want to build a shelf. But it would beed to be easily removable cause I have to lay it on its side. I love the idea of cutting in two for clean up.. cause I still never put an ash pan in mine yet. I just turn it upsise down for now. Great looking build...
  15. Woooow, you shoud patent that rig
  16. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice, good ideas...[​IMG]
  17. bartsmoker

    bartsmoker Newbie

    Thanks guys, The shelf is removable.  That's the reason I made this thing is so I could bring it camping or to the cabin. I don't have a good smoker that's east to transport. I also made a dolly to strap it to and through it in the back of my truck.
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