UDS Down Under Build

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UDS Down Under Build

Post by lazy dave » September 18th, 2014, 7:13 pm

G'day Fella's,
Down here in Australia we have a growing community of people following the US BBQ Style of cooking, we have a forum.

http://www.aussiepitmasters.com.au/index.php

We are having a KCBS Sanctioned Competition next February here in Melbourne, the first outside the US in the southern hemisphere apparently, so that's pretty special.

Just thought I'd pass on to the board my UDS build.

Started with two open top 44gal (Imperial) recycled drums, these have been through a furnace @ 900 Degrees then sand blasted back to bare metal, makes life a lot easier and only $27.50 with new lids and bands.

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The plan was to cut the base of one drum off at 1/3 and use it for the lid.

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I tried "Stretching" the rib to fit but skills weren't up to it so ended up welding a ring around the lid and a rope seal to give a good fit.

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Then fitted the rope seal and hinge.

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I used the "Standard" plan for configuring the 3 capped vents and 1 valve around the base and made slide vents for the lid, then got a little technical but more on that later. It also got the two levels of grills and the level for the diffuser or I can sit the fire basket there and use the top level as a grill.

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I made a largish fire basket, you can always half fill it but you can't add more basket if it's too small. I did go too heavy (1/8 plate) on the ash pan but it'll never wear out.

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I saw this method of getting the fire basket going on Youtube and find it great. I start a chimney of beads/charcoal on a gas burner then dump it into the can in the middle of the fire basket then pull the can out gives a pretty even burn.

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It controlled pretty good with the 1" ball valve and the slide vents on top, but then I found a design for an electronic controller that I could build.

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It works really well on Primo Charcoal it can hold @ 105 to 110 deg C (220 to 230 deg F) with only occasional adjustments to the vents as the heat load changes in the fire basket, with lump charcoal the variation is wider to about 10 C (20 F) if you have a good mix of small and big bits.

I also built a Venturi Smoke Generator so I can use the UDS for cold and hot smoking.

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And the results have been pretty good for a beginner, if I say so myself :homer:

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Thanks for taking the time to have a look.



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Re: UDS Down Under Build

Post by Clover Ridge Smokers » September 18th, 2014, 7:19 pm

Welcome Lazy! Looks like it turned out great. Thanks for sharing the pics.
Are you entering the KCBS comp?


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Re: UDS Down Under Build

Post by Rodcrafter » September 18th, 2014, 7:33 pm

Yes, thanks that was great!


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Post by Puff » September 18th, 2014, 7:39 pm

Agree...enjoyed that presentation. Nice deal on the drum


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Re: UDS Down Under Build

Post by Big T » September 18th, 2014, 8:53 pm

Sweet!! :kewl:


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Post by The Czar » September 18th, 2014, 9:25 pm

Wow....


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Re: UDS Down Under Build

Post by Pete Mazz » September 19th, 2014, 6:21 am

You're hooked! Welcome and congrats!!!

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Re: UDS Down Under Build

Post by RHG » September 20th, 2014, 8:59 am

Looks awesome!!! Did you build the smoke generator? If so where did you get the plans? :chef:



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Re: UDS Down Under Build

Post by Gizmo » September 20th, 2014, 4:59 pm

Congrats on the build! :kewl:
Welcome to the group. :welcome:

I've heard water swirls the other direction going down the drain in the southern hemisphere but I've always wanted to know; since you're in the southern hemisphere do you have to put the meat on the bottom of the grate or does it go on the top like ours up here? :-B


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