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Post Sat May 08, 2010 11:30 pm
Dyal_SC well done
well done

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Location: Lexington, SC
Steelerfan100 wrote:
I located a 100 gal propane tank and an old air compressor tank. The propane tank lays horizontal and we put the air compressor undereath it with a 4" wide connector spacing. we also installed a plate over the hole to deflect heat outward instead of straight up into the smoke tank. It works well and the thick propane tank holds heat fr a long time.
How do you put pictures on here. I can attach a photo if you would like to see it.


You'll have to go to another picture-uploading website to get an image code to do so....I have photobucket....but there are other websites that others use too. Hope this helps. Here is the FAQ about this topic:
http://www.barbecuebible.com/board/faq.php#24
Large BGE
CG Duo with SFB

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Post Fri Jun 25, 2010 11:11 pm
smokenbrew medium-well
medium-well

Posts: 255
Location: Eagle, Michigan
Just scored another weber kettle today for $20.00 at a garage sale. Only need one more to complete my collection. 1 UDS at the campground and 3 at home for taking to competitions.
Weber Kettle
CG Super Pro w/SFB
CG Pro Deluxe w/SFB
UDS x 3

Post Sat Oct 23, 2010 12:27 pm
Murman well done
well done

Posts: 410
Location: Nataqua Territory
I am cooking a 18.75 lb (12 and change after trimming) brisket on my UDS. This is SO much easier than running the SFB on my CG DUO.
Weber Smokey Joe
Weber 22.5 Kettle
CharGriller DUO w/SFB
UDS - 55 gal

Post Sun Jan 09, 2011 6:36 pm
Murman well done
well done

Posts: 410
Location: Nataqua Territory
25*F out this morning and my drum was running sweet, cooking a couple Chuckies...

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GOT DRUM?
Weber Smokey Joe
Weber 22.5 Kettle
CharGriller DUO w/SFB
UDS - 55 gal

Post Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:09 am
d_holck well done
well done

Posts: 841
Location: Illinois
Just started work this week on my UDS. A buddy scored 4 55-gal drums so several of us are making them. Will post pics. Really looking forward to this!
"... mmmmmmm 'bacon'."

CG Outlaw w/SFB
UDS
Old classic Weber Kettle

Post Thu Feb 17, 2011 12:09 am
d_holck well done
well done

Posts: 841
Location: Illinois
Here's where we left off that first night. Cut some scrap angle iron to make brackets and welded them in place.
I've got a set at the top because I want to be able to use my Weber Kettle lid for extra capacity.
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That was as far as we got that night. Since then, snow and scheduling snags stopped further progress... until tonight!

Popped in a 1â€
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"... mmmmmmm 'bacon'."

CG Outlaw w/SFB
UDS
Old classic Weber Kettle

Post Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:07 pm
smokenbrew medium-well
medium-well

Posts: 255
Location: Eagle, Michigan
d_holck - That's looking really good so far.
Weber Kettle
CG Super Pro w/SFB
CG Pro Deluxe w/SFB
UDS x 3

Post Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:51 pm
d_holck well done
well done

Posts: 841
Location: Illinois
So I got it finished a couple weeks ago. Did an initial burn with a couple pounds of bacon ends and hunks I found at the market. Then about 25# of pork shoulder over the weekend. I'm getting a little more than an hour of burn time at 240-250 per pound of charcoal. I couldn't be happier with this.

Here's a peak inside...
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Bongo, my BBQ buddy, is on guard duty in case of a squirrel attack.
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Money shot... pre-pulled pork.
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Doug
"... mmmmmmm 'bacon'."

CG Outlaw w/SFB
UDS
Old classic Weber Kettle

Post Wed Sep 07, 2011 9:36 pm
gaudet medium-rare
medium-rare

Posts: 59
Location: New Orleans, LA

Long time since I posted here, but thought this would be a good idea for others building a UDS. I was walking thru Academy the other day and saw this

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It was only $10, and from what I recalled I easily spent twice that on expanded metal and the rest needed to make my charcoal basket. Suffice it to say it worked extremely well, the only thing I think could improve it would be to make the holes bigger at the bottom for ash fall out. I set it up for a test burn yesterday about 3/4 full of briquettes and a few small chunks of hickory and let it roll. Woke up this morning to it running @ 190 degrees and still had a little less than say 1/3 the charcoal, that was 12 1/2 hours later. I opened up the pit and shook off the ash to let it breathe a little then put it back in and it ran for another 5 hours before I gave up on the run.
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UDS
22" Weber Kettle x 2

Post Tue Jun 26, 2012 2:47 am
Attrill well done
well done

Posts: 663
Location: Chicago

I'm going to resurrect this dormant thread with a non-UDS post (not that I don't love UDSs, but old school barrel grills can always use some love).

I've been making a number of straight up horizontal barrel grills over the last 20 years and feel like I'm just starting to get them just where I'd like them to be.

The main concept I'm currently using is just a barrel with 1/4 of the side cut open to make the door, and then using a Vogelzang door at one end to allow access to the fire without losing all the heat:

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I cut the door into the side of the barrel, bend and attach some 1" flat steel to make a better seal on the sides of the main door, throw the Vogelzang door on the front of it, and make a charcoal grate out of expanded metal and angle iron to hold the fire:

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I also add a pipe at the exhaust end to keep the exhaust at grill level, thereby keeping the heat and smoke inside of it while the food is cooking:

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This is not an ideal rig for smoking, but you can certainly use it for smoking. You can smoke on the left half of it for extended cooks (as long as you're willing to stand by it and feed the fire every 30 minutes or so - beer in hand of course), but a UDS, WSM, or an offset will be a better bet for long smokes. That said, it is really versatile for everyday use.

It works incredibly well for roasting and grilling. You can build a large fire that covers 1/4 of it, and then have a wide variety of temperature zones to choose from. I usually get 1/4 of it screaming hot to sear food when I first put it on, and then move the food off the direct fire to roast at 300-400 degrees as needed.

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I've been tweaking this one for a couple years now, adding things like a griddle and building a new stand. My latest addition is a 1/2" steel bar grill that I welded together. It does a great job of searing anything it touches!

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Post Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:30 am
ScreamingChicken BBQ Deputy
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Haven't seen anything from you in a long time, Chris...nice work on the grills!

Brad

Post Tue Jun 26, 2012 2:52 pm
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Location: Central Alberta, Canada
Love those grates, Chris, and I especially love that cooker - great job! 8)
Unlike propane, you'll never wake up scorched and naked in another county because you mishandled a bag of briquettes.

Post Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:19 pm
TheDuke rare
rare

Posts: 11
Location: Baltimore, MD
Just finished reading through this thread. I gotta make me one of these!!
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Post Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:50 am
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Welcome, GarethNoble!

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