UDS (Ugly Drum Smoker)
Drum Smoker Beta .57. I started this project last fall, but had to put it on hold during the long cold snowy winter but it should be fully ready for eventing shortly. I still need to purchase a few parts for it including an exhaust chimney. I already have a Rotisserie to be installed. Final painting of the exterior will come later this year.
Along with Medieval Cooking, I also really enjoy BBQ. The UDS provides me the opportunity to kill two birds with one stone, so to speak. There are some Medieval recipes that I would like to make at events that require an Oven, Rotisserie, or something other than a Camp Stove or Bed of Coals. Like Alton Brown, I don't want to bring a bunch of Unitaskers to an event unless I'm working a specific demo.
This build includes three 1 inch air intakes. The Exhast Chimney will be 2 inches. The Firebox was created by chopping down my old Bullet Smoker. With the three 1 inch intakes, I believe I can get the temperature over 400 degrees which should be more than adequate to use as an oven. I seasoned the interior of it today. When the temperature reached 307 degrees, I started closing intakes. Final reading before shutting down. 239 degrees. It dropped 14 degrees over the last half hour. Still in the ballpark, but I'll be practicing Oxygen control. So far, I'm really happy with it.
I'll be making some practice runs with it over the next couple of weeks, but its big debut will be at the Principality of Cynagua May Coronet. I'll be making Bartolomeo Scappi's Ribs for our household and friends. I also plan to have my daughter make bread using it, so it should get a good workout.