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Unread 03-14-2014, 11:17 AM   #1
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I have some big plans to build a UDS so I can smoke as soon as the snow melts (which may not happen this year). So here's the question: I have seen plans and discussions on the air intake at the bottom. Some have the ball-valve coming straight out of the smoker keeping it low and on the bottom. Others run it up the side of the smoker using a pipe. Why? Does it make a difference to run it vertical up the side?
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Mostly the reason for the vertical pipe is either so you don't have to bend over or cosmetic. I'm finishing mine right now and I have 4-3/4" intakes and only two ball valves that come out straight. But I'm just gonna be 30 so it's no problem for me.

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I have 2 normal intakes and 1 vertical ball valve.

I like the vertical as an insurance against wind gusts. THe wind might get one or two intakes, but not all three.
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I use a single 2 inch ball valve down low.

The vertical is to keep from bending over. Have not touched my intake setting in 6 months. If it needs it, I'll just bend over once.
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"Mostly the reason for the vertical pipe is either so you don't have to bend over or cosmetic"

This ^^^^^^^^
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Why do you have to wait till snow melts?
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Plenty of threads on this. Use the search bar at bottom. However, I beg to differ that an updraft tube is purely for cosmetics/ convinience. Greatly helps against high winds affecting temps IMO.

Also agree with smitty- smoking's a year round thing around here, ESP with a set and forget cooker like a uds.
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Thanks for the input! Sorry I didn't see the search bar!
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On both of my drums I have drilled holes and just use magnets. I have to bend dowd to adjust, but if you make this thing too easy everyone will wnat to do it. The magnets work great and are a heck of a lot cheaper than those ball valves, easier to.
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i have 3 x 1" intakes. i control them with fridge magents and works just fine.

have all 3 open while the cooker gets up to temp. then usually run it with 1.5 open holes and it holds around 275.
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Cosmetics and apparently a small amount of wind protection. Downfall is that you restrict your intake with the 90 and extra length of pipe. You also reduce your intake draft by reducing the pressure difference between the exhaust and intake. If you do build a vertical intake I suggest using the next size up in piping. Most people do 3/4" intakes so I would make the vertical section 1" piping instead.
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I use my foot to open/close/adjust the single sliding draft door at the bottom of my UDS. No protruding parts.
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I just built mine with four ¾" intakes I have two down low and built two vertical all with ball valves seems to be holding temp for me for now
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Quote:
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I use my foot to open/close/adjust the single sliding draft door at the bottom of my UDS. No protruding parts.
Same here. I used a BGE sliding vent.
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