Richy's UDS Build

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Richy's UDS Build

Post by richy20 » July 2nd, 2018, 5:43 pm

Well guys I built a mini GF last year and now I need something a little bit more portable for smaller cooks. I plan on building a 55gal UDS with 3ea 1" intakes and putting the racks and fire baffles per the attached image. Does anyone have any comments on my fire baffle placement? Or the second cooking grate? Any tips or help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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I also plan on using this Weber Smokey Mountain 22" bottom Kettle that I got on Craigslist for $10.
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Re: Richy's UDS Build

Post by Rodcrafter » July 2nd, 2018, 6:07 pm

I sure like having mine. Looks like you’re off to a great start.


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Re: Richy's UDS Build

Post by Big T » July 2nd, 2018, 7:25 pm

:yth: :kewl:


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Re: Richy's UDS Build

Post by Dirtytires » July 2nd, 2018, 8:11 pm

placement looks good...I might drop the top rack an inch or so but depends on what you want to cook.



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Re: Richy's UDS Build

Post by ajfoxy » July 2nd, 2018, 10:10 pm

Looking good.


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Re: Richy's UDS Build

Post by Rodcrafter » July 3rd, 2018, 4:00 pm

With that dome you don't need to worry what you're cooking, unless it's still alive.


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Re: Richy's UDS Build

Post by Mo Smoke » July 5th, 2018, 11:51 am

Was your drum sealed when u got it or was the top already off? I have a 55 gallon food container that’s sealed and I need the top off to start a build.


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Re: Richy's UDS Build

Post by ajfoxy » July 5th, 2018, 4:36 pm

If you grind the top edge of the drum "lid"... carefully. It will come off quite easily. Don't get too aggressive as you don't want to destroy the rim on the actual drum.


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Post by Mo Smoke » July 5th, 2018, 8:35 pm

Grind the top edge? Send me a pic of u can.


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Post by Big T » July 5th, 2018, 10:31 pm

I'm pretty sure Frank had a video of how to remove it but I couldn't find it. Go to youtube and type in drum lid removal and there's a 21 second video that explains it.


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Re: Richy's UDS Build

Post by ajfoxy » July 6th, 2018, 3:03 am

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Grind the top edge? Send me a pic of u can.
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Sorry mate, I don't have any pics of the process. Where the top of the drum (lid) rolls over the body. Take an angle grinder with a grinding disk... not a flap disk and gently grind around the top edges. Eventually the metal will separate. When they made the drum they used mechanical means to roll it over. All you are doing is cutting through the top layer of roll-over.


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Re: Richy's UDS Build

Post by Diggerg » July 6th, 2018, 3:11 am

I cut round mine an inch down from rim then flared the flange on the lid to slip over the top of the drum



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Re: Richy's UDS Build

Post by Mo Smoke » July 6th, 2018, 6:31 am

Ok thanks guys.


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Re: Richy's UDS Build

Post by richy20 » July 9th, 2018, 9:58 am

Mine is an open lid barrel. The picture was of the bottom where the intakes go. But it looks like you got it figured out :kewl:



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Re: Richy's UDS Build

Post by richy20 » July 9th, 2018, 10:40 am

More Progress...
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All that is left now is the lid.



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Re: Richy's UDS Build

Post by richy20 » July 9th, 2018, 10:47 am

and the wheel mount plates. Image



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Post by Big T » July 9th, 2018, 4:30 pm

:LG:


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Re: Richy's UDS Build

Post by ajfoxy » July 9th, 2018, 5:46 pm

:yth:


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Re: Richy's UDS Build

Post by richy20 » April 8th, 2019, 1:59 pm

It finally stopped raining and I could finally get you some Q view. I had some issues with only having 2 gun barrels but fixed that. Here are the remaining pictures that are long over due. This project was really fun and it did not take too much time. It took me longer to wait for a nice weekend to smoke because it kept raining or I was working weekends.
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With only two 3/4" gun barrels i couldnt get past 270degrees. So I had to add 2more which sucked and took more time.





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Post by Big T » April 8th, 2019, 4:15 pm

:yth: :needfood:


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Re: Richy's UDS Build

Post by ajfoxy » April 8th, 2019, 5:03 pm

Very nice indeed. Well done! :kewl:


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Re: Richy's UDS Build

Post by Dirtytires » April 8th, 2019, 6:33 pm

Those are some serious welds on the hinge...pretty sure it’s not going to come apart!

Looks great....nice build.




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