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fergolicious
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18 13 5:18 am    Post subject: UDS with 2 grates Reply with quote

Does anyone have any plans or designs for a UDS with two grates, water pan/diffuser plate using the original lid from the drum rather then a domed lid? I am considering just using the original lid on this first build, but would like two grates with enough distance on both for pork butts and/or briskets. Adice is welcome. Thank you!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18 13 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18 13 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

fergolicious, a comfortable fit for Butts and briskets is 6". I like about 2" off the lid so I come down 8" for the first grate then the second is 6" to 7" lower.
I hope this helps. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18 13 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have two grates.
IIRC, they're set at 5.5 inches and 11 inches down from the top.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18 13 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And then just place your diffuser plate/water pan right below the second grate and you use the normal drum lid? Do you have any pics you could send me? fergoliciousbbq@gmail.com . Thanks!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18 13 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My diffuser sits right on top of my fire basket. The water pan sits on that.
I made the fire basket extra tall just for that - so it can hold a lot of lump and still have room to breathe under the diffuser.

And yes, I just use the normal drum lid.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20 13 12:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have 2 as described above. I don't use a defuser.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20 13 1:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have 5 as k.a.m.'s description above, (3 x 55 gallons, 2 x 85 gallons), but I don't use diffusers or water pans in mine either! Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 22 13 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys! I have completed the ash pan and charcoal basket. I cut the top 2.5 inches off of a Weber 22.5 kettle grill to use as an insert in the top of the drum so that my dome lid will fit. Problem is, the insert is fairly loose in there. I need to locate some insulation or heat rope to put around the insert so that is fits snug inside the top of the drum. Any suggestions on where I can locate that kind of thing?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 22 13 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fergolicious, alot of hardware stores carry the rope type gasket or a wood stove store. I ordered the flat gasket from www.bbqgaskets.comThey also have different types.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 29 13 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been unsuccessful locating the oven rope or heat gaskets anywhere around here. My local hardware doesn't carry it and suggested Home Depot. HD doesn't carry it and suggested Mar Beck Appliances, they have to special order it and it is over $100. I looked on the bbqgaskets website, but there are so many. Any suggestions for me on which one would best suit my set-up? Thanks!
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 30 13 12:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

fergolicious, a pic of your set up would really help, it's kinda hard to figure out without seeing it, (at least for me). Embarassed
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 30 13 1:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please remind me what the regulations are on posting pics? I have them, just want to make sure and follow the rules. Thanks!
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 30 13 5:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, no one responded so I hope I reduced the pic size enough to post.

Here is the piece I cut out from the old Weber Kettle


Here is that piece sitting inside the 55 gallon drum


Another shot of the piece inside the drum


Same piece but I am trying to show the gap between the cut out and the drum


Here is the charcoal basket I built with ash pan
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 30 13 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fergolicious, I would try the tadpole gasket attatched to the drum. Does the weber section just sit in there or are you going to attatch it somehow?

BTW, the pic size is no bigger than 650, I set up photo bucket for 640x480. Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 30 13 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was thinking I would attach the ring.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 30 13 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is the tadpole gasket?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 30 13 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a gasket made out of baby frogs! Razz Wink Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 30 13 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.bretonindustries.com/products/tadpole_gaskets.jpg
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 30 13 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I looked it up. I am considering flipping the drum over and cutting out the bottom as my dome lid fits perfectly on that end. Then I have a removable bottom for cleaning.
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