No door. The charcoal basket lifts out after removing the grates. I do this after every cook to clean up the ash and drippings to prevent the bottom from rusting out. So far my UDS is still as good as new after dozens of cooks, but I admit I'm rather anal with keeping in clean. Below is my charcoal basket.hounddog wrote:Real good looking food! Hey Big Terp, does your UDS just have a hinged door on the side to put the charcoal in?
This looks like a great idea for a smoker.
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Never. Wet wood will steam rather than smoke until all the water is driven off/out. Kind of counter productive. I've also heard that it can cause some creosote, although I'm not sold on that theory. If you are soaking chips to keep them from burning up quickly, wrapping them in a foil pack with holes poked in it will work much better.eshaw wrote:When you smoke stuff do you have to wet the wood first?
I love mine. They are simple but really great cookers. There are a TON of resources online for building a UDS. You can make it as simple or as complicated as you want. Mine is built 95% with welding, but you can do a complete one with just nuts and bolts.hounddog wrote:Thanks for the info! I think I just found my next building project! I like the idea of the UDS.
Jim - one of my favorite things to smoke is chicken wings. doesnt take long and comes out great. i usually run about 225 for about 2 hours. check the internal temp and pull.
Lowe 10' jon
Lowe 10' jon