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Old 06-07-2014, 01:46 PM   #51
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Basically, I load my 17" diameter coal basket, say, with 15 lbs or more of coals, + some wood chunks thrown in, then top it with abut half a chimney full of lit coals for the Minion and bring up to desired temp.
Nice thing about UDS's with their large coal baskets is that you can load the basket full and get 3 or 4 long cooking sessions out of them without having to pull the basket out, clean out, and reload with fresh coals. Sure, you can also go 20 hrs and hold low temps, no problem.
This is basically how most UDS's operate. I'm sure the snake method will also work here for slow burns.

Here's a pic of one of my smaller coal baskets, about 14" in diameter

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Old 06-07-2014, 03:08 PM   #52
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Sorry, I don't understand your question. :)
Sorry man,was responding to Roll Bones.......my bad
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Old 06-07-2014, 03:11 PM   #53
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I think I understand,your UDS has the same potential for a long smoke time as any WSM because the volume of fuel is the same.

Making efficient use of that fuel is your goal

1.) load the bottom with the amount of fuel for the duration you need

2.)Arrange that fuel so it burns in a centric " C" like shape starting one end,the amount of fuel burning will depend on the temp you want(220 thinner C) Minion method

3.)Most important to burning only what you need when you need it is the Guru,it only moves forced air when temps need to be raised,when temps are good or too high the fan won't come on.

Loading the unit is a craft that will take a few runs but loading it correctly and it being sealed with a Guru will yield what your looking for every time......

Duration of burn can be reduced by low ambient temps.
Sorry about the confusion,i should be waiting and responding to Roll Bones

So I think you have an offset not a bullet smoker?
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Old 06-07-2014, 03:15 PM   #54
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Basically, I load my 17" diameter coal basket, say, with 15 lbs or more of coals, + some wood chunks thrown in, then top it with abut half a chimney full of lit coals for the Minion and bring up to desired temp.
Nice thing about UDS's with their large coal baskets is that you can load the basket full and get 3 or 4 long cooking sessions out of them without having to pull the basket out, clean out, and reload with fresh coals. Sure, you can also go 20 hrs and hold low temps, no problem.
This is basically how most UDS's operate. I'm sure the snake method will also work here for slow burns.

Here's a pic of one of my smaller coal baskets, about 14" in diameter

Nice work on that basket,is it welded SS?

Is your UDS one piece with a lid or does it break down?
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Old 06-07-2014, 06:44 PM   #55
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Thanks, and no problem, BLACKSMOKE.

No, the basket is just mild steel, not welded, just tied using rebar wire. I've since purchased a stick welder so my next project will be welded.
That 55 gallon drum is one piece with a Weber lid. Most UDS's are one piece for ease of build.
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Old 06-07-2014, 06:57 PM   #56
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I just built an Ugly Drum Smoker (UDS)
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Blacksmoke. Yes, its an offset smoker.
Nice job there roadfix!
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Old 06-08-2014, 12:46 PM   #58
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Blacksmoke. Yes, its an offset smoker.
Nice job there roadfix!
See if post #46 helps ya.
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Old 04-01-2016, 02:10 AM   #59
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i want to get a smoker too but hard to have in an apartment complex
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i want to get a smoker too but hard to have in an apartment complex
Check into the Akorn. Most versatile cooker I ever owned. Mine sits on my porch. $299.00 at Lowes.
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