Monthly Archives: February 2014

Finally got some winter



Our back yard is a bit of a winter wonderland

I realize that a lot of people hate winter and everything that goes along with it.  I am just the opposite, winter is one of my favorite seasons and I love having a little snow, it makes the world look clean, at least for a little while.

I was getting a little concerned that we were not going to get any measurable snow winter, we have had a flurries so far, but nothing that you can actually measure, that is until Saturday night.  We ended up with just shy of 6″ of fresh snow.

It is raining today and the snow won’t be sticking around long, but that is one of the things I love able western Washington state, you get some snow, enjoy it for a day or so, and then it is gone, what more could you ask for?

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Mission Complete – the final UDS pellet smoker project update

Finished Product

The finished project, my homemade UDS pellet smoker

In my last blog post I reported that I was pretty much done with my UDS pellet smoker project but that I still had a few odds and ends to complete, those odds and end are done, and it is mission complete on this project.

The shot above is the finished product and she has already had her first cook.

Hinged Lid

Hinged lid on the UDS pellet smoker

This shot shows the lid I finally decided to use for this project.  If you search the BBQ forums for UDS smoker projects, you will see that the lid off of a 22.5″ Weber grill is a very popular choice, but since I don’t have one, I really didn’t want to spend $100+ to buy a Weber to just cannibalize some parts off of and then dispose of the rest.  There had been a few posts in these same forums from people who reported buying really cheap charcoal grills from places like Walmart and using those lids.  I stopped by my local Walmart store and found a $30 22.5″ grill that not only had a perfect lid for my project, it was hinged, which the Weber isn’t.  I did have to modify the hinges a little to get them to fit, but that was just drilling a couple holes so things lined up and the above shows the finished lid assembly, as well as some hooks that I hung on the smoker for things like tongs.

Smoke Generator

My Smoke Daddy cold smoke generator installed on the UDS pellet smoker

This last image shows my Smoke Daddy cold smoke generator installed on the UDS pellet smoker.  At first I wasn’t sure that I was going to install it on this smoker, but after my first cook, while it had a good smoke ring, I decided that I wanted to be able to have the ability to add additional smoke to the cook, and since this thing installs easily, I can move it between smokers as needed.

Well there it is, all done and ready to cook.  This was actually a fun project to do.  When it was all said and done, I have well under $500 into it, but I do have a lot of of hours invested.  A lot of that time though was researching the project and then designing it.  If I were to build another one, it would take about half the amount of time.  Thanks for following along with me on this project, now I just need to get my FJ40 back on the road. 🙂

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