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Modification on homemade 55 gallon smoker (UDS)

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    Modification on homemade 55 gallon smoker (UDS)

    I am going to build a second, homemade Ugly Drum Smoker and have a question about an adjustment I would like to make. The bolts that are inserted into the drum and hold the grates are a little aggravating. So I would like to make them retractable. The only way I see to do that, is to use inside/outside threaded nuts and then screw in bolts at my desire elevation.
    I wonder if someone has figure this out already?
    Or, maybe someone has devised a sliding system?



    I don't know much about mods of this sort...but thinking out loud here, I assume simply tilting the grate and moving it up or down to another set of bolts then squaring it up to rest on them won't work?


    • marcusrench
      marcusrench commented
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      Yes Huskee, but that is what bothers me and why I started rethinking the design before I build another one.

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      How about welding nuts to the outside and then putting wing bolts in from the outside and or then use Powersmoke_80 's idea.


        the metal adjustable shelf channels work great for this. The shelf brackets are easy to remove and adjust height when needed.


          How about drilling three holes 120 degrees apart and using 1/8" ss rod as supports. The top of the rod should be bent at ~ 45 degrees, and the bottom bent at 90 degrees. The top bend would go in the holes just drilled, and the 90 degree bend would support the grate. You can make a set of rods for each different height you want the grate supported. Or you could drill several sets of holes at different heights and use one set of rods.


            marcusrench Here's a cheapskate's version of Powersmoke_80's suggestion:

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            It's just a hex bolt with a hole drilled through the centerline and an appropriately sized nail slid through.



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