UDS Build & 1st Cook

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by smokemaster, Sep 30, 2009.

  1. smokemaster

    smokemaster Smoke Blower

    My neighbors think I'm crazy!! But she's already a beauty!

    It is hard to find drums in Germany, at least close by. Most have sealed tops and have oil in them or are too expensive.

    I lucked out and found 2 drums with lids, got both for $30. Both had orange syrup in them and liners.


    I decided to go with 3 intake vents. 3/4 ball valves


    U.S size nuts are nearly impossible to find, so a friend welded the threads to the drum.


    Sheets of expanded metal are very expensive. Smaller pieces can be bought at most "Home Depot" style stores.

    Welded to an old pizza pan


    Handle attached


    Lid painted
    Charcoal basket with handle
    Lid Holder


    Grate holder from my retired ECB

    1st Cook
  2. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    looks good to me.........great job on the build!
  3. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great Job on both the build and the 1st Smoke...[​IMG]
  4. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice build . . . and nice brisket too.

  5. rw willy

    rw willy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Congrats, you nailed it the first time.
    Smoke on!
  6. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Really nice drum and very nice first cook.........[​IMG]
  7. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great job on the drum! You will love that thing!
  8. blackened

    blackened Meat Mopper

    German engineering at its finest [​IMG]
  9. zjaybird

    zjaybird Meat Mopper

    Nice Score......
    When you are going to be starting the build on the second one?
  10. allen

    allen Smoking Fanatic

    Excellent build, meat looks good also, I am having a heck of a time finding 55gal. drums that didn't have some kind of petroleum based product in them, I must keep on looking, gotta build me 1 or 2
  11. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great job on the drum and the brisket looks yummo too. Where are you in Germany cause we are visting our son and his family in wiesbaden till next thrusday. You did a great job with your first smoke is that your first over all smoke or your first on the drum?
  12. waysideranch

    waysideranch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Everything looks awesome. Nice build.
  13. smokemaster

    smokemaster Smoke Blower

    Thanks to all for the comments. Gonna build another drum soon!

    I live near Trier (close to the German, Luxemburg & Belgian borders).
    This was my first UDS smoke. I've been doing "real" BBQ for 4 years. Sad to say but I used to be a "meat boiler", until I saw the light.
  14. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

    great job on the uds, so how did you like the way it cooked for you? like maintaining temps and all?
  15. raceyb

    raceyb Smoking Fanatic

    Great look UDS build. I am on the look out for a good barrel and top.

    Food looked great.
  16. smokemaster

    smokemaster Smoke Blower

    I really like it. Low fuel consumption and temps stay steady. Should have built one along time ago.
  17. cman95

    cman95 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Great job man, UDS and briskiet. I got to get busy on a build myself.

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