How To Use The SmokerBuilder Layout Template For Your UDS Build
Here at SmokerBuilder we've spent years building UDS Drum Smokers! There's been lots of trial and error, but we finally perfected a system of part placements that gives you an optimal cook and sleek construction for your UDS!
And that's why we made our UDS Template!
This Template will help you get your parts where they need to be, and shows your exactly where to mark them!
Today, we'd like to show you how to use this template!
To watch us Build in the Shop using this template check out this video:
Before we Get Started...
Here are the tools and supplies you'll need to use this Layout Template.
It may seem like a no brainer, but for this process to make any sense you'll have to make sure you are using OUR official template. (Though we are pretty sure no other template like this exists). You can get our template from our site for only $15! And it's REUSABLE!
2. Flange Template
In addition to the Layout Template, the flange template is a handy little Free Downloadable Template that helps you set your flange holes. Also, it's the same layout for Both the Air Inlet and Smoke Stack UDS parts(if you got the parts from us)
3. Marker(Plus Pencil OR Razor)
Preferably use a fine tip black sharpie. You'll need something that can bleed through the paper. If you want to insure that your marker will mark through the template you can also use a pencil or razor to cut through the template at the spots that need marked through.
4. Painters Tape
One inch wide painters tape is best. You'll need this for keeping your template secure around the barrel. So, really any easily removeable tape will do.
Now that you've got your supplies let's go through how to MARK your Barrel:
PART 1: Alignment
STEP 1: SET THE BARREL ON IT'S BACK
Before you start setting your template on the barrel, putting it on it's back makes it easier to handle.
STEP 2: WRAP THE TEMPLATE AROUND THE BARREL
Wrap your template around the circumference of the barrel. You'll do this at the BOTTOM of the drum first, with the words "This End Up For Air Inlets" upright so that your can read it.
STEP 3: TAPE TEMPLATE TOGETHER
With the two ends of the template meeting together, use the painters tape to tape the two ends together. DON'T tape to the drum itself, because you'll need to slide and rotate the template around the barrel while it's still taped together.
STEP 4: OFFSET THE SEAMS
For the sake of easy drilling you'll want to offset the seam of your template(where the two ends meet) from the seam of your barrel. Simply rotate the seam of the template about 3-5 inches to one side of the seam of the barrel.
(Off setting the seams makes it so that your don't have to drill through the barrel seam to place your thermometer in the front dead center of your Drum Smoker)
STEP 5: MARK THE BARREL SEAM ON THE TEMPLATE
Once you have your two seams offset, mark your template according to the BARREL SEAM. Also, for the sake of better accuracy, mark the lip of your barrel according to the mark on your template. This will keep you aligned correctly on the barrel.
STEP 6: ROTATE THE BARREL & MARK FOR CENTER
With your one hand holding the template, making sure it doesn't lose it's place, rotate the barrel until your see the "Center Line" on the template. Once you find that, Mark the BOTTOM LIP of your BARREL, according to the center line on the template.
STEP 7: ROTATE BACK & SLIDE UP
Now that you have your center line marked, rotate your barrel (hold the template in place) to where it was in Step 5. Next, SLIDE the TEMPLATE UP to the TOP of the barrel. As you do this keep your marks(the ones you made in Step 5) aligned with the seam of the barrel.
STEP 8: ROTATE & MARK
Once you've slid the template to the top of the barrel, rotate again to the Center Mark" on your template. (Once again you are rotating the barrel NOT the template, so keep the template in place as your rotate.) Then, mark the TOP LIP of your BARREL according to the center line on the template.
PART 2: Marking
STEP 9: SLIDE TEMPLATE TO BOTTOM
Now that you've aligned your template with your barrel according to the Center Line, slide your template back down to the BOTTOM of the barrel.
(When sliding the template to the and from the top and bottom of the barrel, make sure you don't slide it UNDER the lip of the barrel. Instead, keep it flush with lip of the barrel.)
STEP 10: MARK THE AIR INLET HOLES
Find the Air Inlet Hole Marks(2) on the template and MARK them with your marker. To make sure the marks go through the paper and onto the surface of the underlying drum, you may need to uses a pencil to tear the hole first.
(Also, make sure as you mark you keep the Template secure because you'll have to rotate the barrel.)
STEP 11: UNTAPE & FLIP THE TEMPLATE
Now that you've marked the air inlet holes, you are done using the FIRST Orientation on the template. Untape the template from it self and flip it over so that the words "This End Up For Cooking Rack Mounts" are upright.
(Keep your Pieces of tape adhered to one end of the template, because you'll reuse them)
STEP 12: WRAP TEMPLATE AROUND TOP OF THE BARREL
As you wrap the template around the barrel, you'll want to have the template at the top of the barrel. Once it slid all the way up to the top of the barrel, align the Template's Center Mark with the Mark your made on your barrel.
STEP 13: MARK RACK MOUNT HOLES & THERMOMETER HOLE
Once you aligned your template at the top of the barrel, you can Mark All 4 of the Cooking Rack Mount Holes as well as the Thermometer Hole. As before, you can use a pencil(or razor blade) to make a small incision where your marks will go to insure your marks will show on the underlying barrel surface.
(As Always, as you rotate the drum, be sure to keep your template held in place)
Once that's done you can REMOVE the Template and move onto using the FLANGE TEMPLATE!
STEP 14: MARK THE FLANGE HOLES ON AIR INLETS
Using our Free Downloadable Flange Template, you can easily mark the holes for your air inlet flanges AND your smoke stack flange holes. Place the template, with the center hole on the previously marked Air Inlet mark. Making sure your template is squared up with the bottom of the barrel, mark the outer 4 Holes on the template. You can use your pencil to tear out the holes on the flange template if that helps.
Now You're Ready for Drilling You Barrel!
Using the SmokerBuilder UDS Template is super easy and enables you to get the optimal placement for your UDS Parts. To use the template you will need a paper copy of the template itself, our flange template, a marker(with pencil & razor blade) and painters tape.
Once you have all that, put your UDS barrel on it's back in your work space and wrap the template around the circumference of the barrel on the bottom part of the drum and tape it to itself. (Make sure you are oriented so that the words "This End Up For Air Inlets" are upright). Once it's secure, you will offset the seam of the barrel 3 - 5 inches from the seam of the template and mark the template according to the seam of the barrel. Next, you'll rotate the barrel and mark the Barrel according to the Center Line on the template. Then, while keeping the template aligned, you will slide the template up to the top of the barrel and repeat the same process.
Once your barrel is aligned you will slide the template to the bottom of the barrel and mark your air inlet holes. Then, you'll remove the template, flip it around, and secure it around the circumference of the barrel at the TOP part. (Make sure you are oriented so that the words "This End Up For Cook Rack Mounts" are upright). Next, you'll mark all the cook rack mount holes and the thermometer hole. Remove the template, then use the flange template to mark the flange holes for your air inlets holes. Make sure your flange template is squared up with the bottom edge of the barrel when you make these marks!
And that's it!
You can get your Templates on our Website!
Of course, if after reading this you decide you'd rather us Build A UDS Drum Smoker FOR YOU, we'd be happy to help!
Otherwise, happy building and good luck on your Smoker Journey!
Hope this information helps!