I purchased these in an effort to control minor temp swings r/t having shorter intakes and my designated 'smoking area' at home - the driveway. I get wind gusts in this area of the house often, and I think this was lending to the difficulty in keeping my UDS at a steady temp. Having cooked on a borrowed UDS with long upright intakes in the same place, I didn't experience the same issue, so I'm fairly confident this will resolve the challenge. It should be noted that these have the same curved flange as the short intakes and as such, the same bolt hole pattern. Also, I did not have to drill out the holes on the flanges - nice work guys! Beyond happy with these stacks and can't wait to finish painting and re-assembly. Thanks again Frank and Team!!
A perfect piece of kit for the barrel. It easily holds my meat probe and beverage while I’m working on the pit. Very happy !!!
Frank and Tom went out of their way to fulfill my order for the lid and drum handles. Videos for installing all products are detailed and easy to follow. 👍👍
Fits perfectly in my 55 gallon straight-sided barrel cooker. This is a heavy, well-machined set of plates. Frank sells great products and makes very informative videos to support them. 5/5 Would purchase again. Thanks!
Most accurate thermometer I have used for the price. Highly recommended.
It’s not so easy where I live to attain a barrel so I was hesitant to start drilling holes from watching videos. I purchased the template along with the drill bit kit and k Ickes out my drum in a few hours. I e now found 3 more drums I’ll be doing this week after some people inquired about buying them.
Got my backyarder kit for Christmas. Opened the box and found it to contain very heavy duty steel parts. The template was perfect for the smooth sided barrel I found and the holes were marked and drilled easily. Painted it and as Frank said, there were only two cans of paint on the shelf. Haha Just finished seasoning it. Cant wait for my first cook.
Best basket I ever bought!!!!
I received my kit in the mail and was extremely happy with the fit and finish. Parts are heavy gauge steel with beautiful welds! I did have to ream out all of the holes in the flanges as noted but this as not a big deal at all. My only suggestion would be to be a bit more careful in hardware QC as I was short one bolt and heavy one nut. Again, not a major issue - just a minor frustration. One last thing I would comment on has to do with shipping. My only suggestion would be to find a cheaper way to ship. There are several things I would love to purchase right now from SmokerBuilderMFG, but due to the shipping costs being almost the same cost as the item, it's very cost prohibitive. Hopefully you guys can find a way to resolve this in the future. Thanks again! -Tim B.
This handle is definitely affordable, clean and smooth . No roughness from weld, was a bit tough trying to figure out how to get the circular clamps onto the spring kit pole but that question was answered quickly in an email .
Just finished my UDS and Thanks to Smoker Builder for parts. I ordered a plasma cut cooking grate which I had shipped to me , 3 piece heat shield ( Baffle, Blockoff Plate and Heat Shield) and the Draftmaster Charcoal Basket that I picked up. Tom Heath was there when I picked items up and was very helpful answered all my questions etc. Nice people. I also want to Thank Sarah in customer service who was a pleasure to talk to. Very nice person.
Done my first smoke last weekend pork butt turned out great. Was on the smoker 9 hours 250 degrees.
Would recommend these people to any one wanting to build a UDS Smoker for parts and answers to questions.
I love using SmokeBuilders products. And I love that it is always on time delivery.
This smoker is so far above the rest. Easy to assemble. Easy to smoke with. Had this one powder coated and hope to purchase a second one soon. My son just graduated high school and was in a high school bbq comp. Team (tallulah falls school) from Georgia. After graduation he is wanting to continue his bbq quest in competition. This was a gift for him. He loves it first comp to come in march. Thanks for the quick response and info.
Just what I was looking for. Perfect fit. My project turned out great . Will be ordering more from Smoke Builder.
My 2nd UDS build will be perfect with this Handel,, strong and beautiful all in one thanks frank