UDS with doors

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by avz, Apr 12, 2010.

  1. avz

    avz Fire Starter

    I've managed to make some progress. on the pics you can see that the doors are installed - the upper one already with the lock. the next step - to install the grate supports and the charcoal basket.
  2. bbally

    bbally Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    very interesting concept. Thanks for sharing it.[​IMG]
  3. dmccoy26

    dmccoy26 Newbie

    Whoa, neat. I thought about putting a fire door on my next UDS build.
  4. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    As long as you can get those doors sealed up good you should be in good shape.
  5. thunderdome

    thunderdome Master of the Pit

    This is one of those things I have thought a lot about...BUT I just would hate to cut into that barrel and have the end result not seal
  6. treegje

    treegje Master of the Pit

    Looks great, excellent job [​IMG]
  7. avz

    avz Fire Starter

    Hi all
    Thanx for your comments. the issue of sealing the door was taken into consideration.
    As I wrote - the next step - the charcoal basket, soon on the screen next to you.
  8. rcullison

    rcullison Fire Starter

    Sealing the doors is not a problem. Put a bead of fireplace caulk on the
    doors. a layer of vaseline on the barrel than shut the door overnight.I has worked fine for me. and only cost me about 6 bucks.Your build looks great so far.[​IMG]
  9. graybeard

    graybeard Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I like the concept of the doors. Makes for E Z smokin!!

  10. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

    i wood like a small door down low on mine to tend to the coals easier
  11. avz

    avz Fire Starter

    I think that the lower door can be used also as the air intake (instead of the valves that are generally used). I will make a test to see if it works that way and if not, I'll add on the valves later.
  12. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Interesting idea.

    Remember, it takes very little air for a UDS to get out of control. I'll be interested in seeing your test runs. If you are able to load a full basket of fuel, light a small portion of it and not have it get out of control temp wise, that will be impressive. [​IMG]

  13. avz

    avz Fire Starter

    Hi DDAVE
    I'm curious too, to see if indeed it will work that way and I promise to update and let you know when I'll do the first run.
  14. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If it leaks too much and runs away on you with the door at least you can use a smaller basket and reload fuel as necessary. Kind of like a 22.5" WSM but at a much lower cost. [​IMG]

    Either way it'll cook some meat.

    So when's the trial run?

  15. avz

    avz Fire Starter

    I'm quite anxious myself to run it for the first time, but still some things has to be done first in order to finish it and I'm quite short of spare time. next week we have a holiday (independence day) but it's devoted to the family, so I hope that it will be shortly.
  16. walle

    walle Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    AVZ - nice for stepping out side the box and going for a better mouse trap. Can't wait to hear your write up after you fire it up.

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