How should I do this? 48" x 30" 125 Gallon

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How should I do this? 48" x 30" 125 Gallon

Post by shearman23 » December 30th, 2020, 7:16 pm

Hey people, I'm wondering how I can make the biggest UDS-style smoker I have seen.

I ran into a cheap deal on a used 125 gallon 14 gauge tank. 48" tall, 30" wide.

How could I make this a good UDS. 30 inch diameter. Wondering if I should make a fire basket that drops in from the lid or make a drawer at the bottom.

Hard to find large grates for this. What size rod is best for rolling into a 28" + hoop?

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Re: How should I do this? 48" x 30" 125 Gallon

Post by shearman23 » December 30th, 2020, 7:57 pm

see the pics below of the tank
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Re: How should I do this? 48" x 30" 125 Gallon

Post by Dirtytires » December 31st, 2020, 11:31 am

You would have to fabricate everything but should work ok. The advantage of an uds is they are cheap and easy to build. With a nice tank like that I have to ask why you wouldn’t want a full size smoker?



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Re: How should I do this? 48" x 30" 125 Gallon

Post by shearman23 » December 31st, 2020, 3:59 pm

Dirtytires wrote:
December 31st, 2020, 11:31 am
You would have to fabricate everything but should work ok. The advantage of an uds is they are cheap and easy to build. With a nice tank like that I have to ask why you wouldn’t want a full size smoker?
The reason why I am looking at a drum-style smoker is because of the thickness of the metal is only 14GA and the fact that I would need to build a frame and firebox makes it much more expensive than a drum-style.

Also; I think Drum smokers are used for more than the fact that they are just cheap. A lot of comp teams use them for cooking, despite having $10,000 trailer smokers and $30,000 trailers.

I don't think heat-loss will be a big deal on a thin wall drum because the hot air is rising continuously.



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Re: How should I do this? 48" x 30" 125 Gallon

Post by Pete Mazz » January 1st, 2021, 4:48 am

I think it would be dangerous to be reaching into a 4 foot drum to mess with grates and food. Probably better to fabricate doors, one for the FB, one for the CC. Make the grates so they rotate to access food.


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Re: How should I do this? 48" x 30" 125 Gallon

Post by shearman23 » January 1st, 2021, 6:21 pm

Was thinking about the cut for the lid coming down 8-10 inches, not at the top. Maybe a door for the charcoal basket at the bottom.



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Re: How should I do this? 48" x 30" 125 Gallon

Post by Pete Mazz » January 2nd, 2021, 4:06 am

That'll work. You'll still be stacking grates/food into it but that's usually not a problem.


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Re: How should I do this? 48" x 30" 125 Gallon

Post by towtruck » January 2nd, 2021, 10:52 am

A friend of mine has a four foot diameter and seven foot tall rendition of what you are building. He has two doors, one for fire and one for food. His racks spin. It was made for smoking a pile of food at once. It works well.



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