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Prep for first cook

This is an after-the-fact post, since the first cook on my new UDS is basically done. (Much quicker than expected, but that’ll be in the next post.) First order of business was a dry run to try to start getting the adjustments dialed in. I ran the smoker empty with about a half-chimney of unlit…

Smoker… Assemble!

Finally got the smoker assembled. Except for the vents on the bottom (which I really had to stretch across the curve of the drum), the kit came together really easily. A socket wrench really helps, though. Pictures! Tried to pick up 40 pounds of charcoal at the warehouse club (had a coupon and everything!), but…

Vacation smoking

Had a few things going on this week, none of which really helped move things with the new UDS along. Though I did get a nice picture of the dog in front of it before assembly: Speaking of assembly, I realized that one of the kit pieces, the shield, only has one of two holes…

UDS Build, Part 3.2 or so

Time for paint. The extra spray enamel came this week, so I could get to work. I also trucked out to Northeast Philly to pick up a dome lid that almost fits. (I think it’ll be for a future expansion, as soon as I need two levels, i.e., when 25 pounds of meat capacity isn’t…

Weekday BBQ blues

Quiet week around here, barbecue-wise. A bit of stuff going on behind the scenes, though. Think I located a domed grill lid, which would replace the flat drum lid I ground off and allow me to put in another grate, for two cooking levels. Going to try to pick it up in Northeast Philly Saturday…