My UDS Build

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by kandl, Aug 29, 2013.

  1. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I use my mes for cold smoking

    You would like the sear option.

    No need to fire up a seperate grill.
     
  2. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hey you titled your build the same as mine. Lol
     
  3. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    nice start .[​IMG]

    as far as the bungs exhaust. If i'm using the flat lid I just have both holes open. What is the "shelf hanger strips" ?

    I have mine set up so I can put 4 racks in if i need them.
     
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  5. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

  6. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I did something similar, but didn't want to have to move the brackets when hot. So I notched the supports and welded rods to the grate and firebox. to move you just rotate the grate of basket move up or down or remove completely. Starting on page two you can see what I did.

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/...m-going-to-build-a-uds-or-two-q-view-for-sure
     
  7. I like that Dirtsailor!  my only concern is accdentially rotating the grate out of the slot and losing whatever may be on it into the bottom, believe me things like that have and WILL happen to me.  Just last night I managed to smack my self in the face with a pallet while trying to disassemble it. Nice gash on my forehead knocked my glasses clean off and bruised my arm! [​IMG]   Sometimes I just have that black cloud over my head. HAHA.
     
  8. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I had the same concern. however it stops rotating when putting in and using the Weber grill with the handles makes the two handed operation a piece of cake. Since I am using the flat lid it is nice to be able to drop the rack a inch at a time for larger cuts.
     
  9. That would for sure be handy!  I'll see what I can come up with.  Have to take a trip to the city sometime soon and pick up the rest of my supplies.  One of the downfalls of living in the middle of nowhere. [​IMG]
     
  10. Fire in the hole! [​IMG]

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  11. Probably go use my dads sand blaster tomorrow and finish cleaning her up.

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  12. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    wish I had a sand blaster......     Dave
     
  13. Well there are some more pictures to upload later but here is a quick update. Should be ready to season tomorrow while I do a pork butt on the old brinkmann.

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  15. Here are the rest of the pics from this weekend.  Its not DONE but its functional.  Got a test burn in yesterday got up to 425 and started closing the air off.  closed them all and set the valve at about half and dropped to about 240 and held.  Opened another hole about half way and it went up to 250 and stayed.  Burned for at least 8 hours before I shut it down and went inside.  I'm pretty happy with it so far.  I need to make a few minor tweaks with my shelf brackets, a final coat of paint, my side shelf installed and maybe a pipe for the exhaust that I can close off and I think it will be totally finished.  I was worried the charcoal pan would be too small but I think it will work out for me.  I don't generally do overnight smokes yet but if need be later I can make a larger one out of Expando.










     
  16. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks good.  What did you end up using for the intake vents?  ( sizes )
     
  17. I ended up going with 4 - 3/4 right now.  I can still open up to 1" if I need to but so far this seems to be working.  I got some plugs for the other holes but they seemed to fit really tight and I wanted to get a test burn going so I stole the wifes fridge magnets for now.  [​IMG]   I wanted to get it seasoned up in hopes that it won't rust now as I won't be able to mess with it much this week.  I'm hoping to toss some food on it this weekend and see what happens.
     
  18. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You'll want to drill larger and more holes in your charcoal basket, or you are going to be smothering the fire too much. You'll need holes in the bottom to allow the ash to fall out. I would say minimum 5/8" but more like 3/4"and spaced super close together on the bottom and sides. Think expanded metal, more holes than metal.
     
  19. I think I will need more in the side for sure.  I guess I didn't put that picture up but there are holes in the bottom of it that are good sized.  I used the step bit to make them.  They were alot harder to drill on the side though.  It looks funny because that is a porcelain lined pan and it was breaking off every time i drilled a hole.  The ash was falling out the bottom into the pizza pan on the test burn but I agree with you that I need more larger holes on the side.

     
  20. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Use a punch to get you a good starting point, then drill a 1/8" hole then use you step bit. It'll help quite a bit with those side holed. A few more steps but easier in the long run.
     

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