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grilling24x7 01-21-2013 10:17 AM

I did it! The UDS is finished!
 
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First off, big thanks to all the guys who chimed in with great ideas and advice for how to do this. Amazing!

I had a blast doing it and I can't wait to fire it up (probably next weekend). I guess I'll coat the inside with PAM, light it up and maybe toss a naked fatty on there.

Here's some details:
New unlined drum. This is a pure steel drum with no liner. I attempted to use a propane torch to take the paint off. I started with the lid. I ended up warping the lid. This caused so much panic and pissed-off-ness that I decided to keep the black paint from the new drum on the sides. I bent the lid back to proper form and decided to paint it purple. 45 inches of expanded steel bent into a circle and attached to a charcoal grate with U-bolts. I have 1 cooking grate at 7 inches below the top and I have another option for a grate 16 inches off the bottom of the smoker. This can allow for a diffuser or a water pan down the road. Obvious bottle opener and cheapo thermometer mounted in the side. I'll be doing accurate temperature readings through one of the 1 inch holes on the top with a digital probes. I got a small circular piece of wood from a big box store and stained and sealed it black. Mounted it to the side with cheap right angle brackets. Standard air intakes and 1 ball valve for temp control.

There we go! The official Grilling24x7 UDS is complete!!!! Can't wait to get a big packer brisket!

Puckstopper 01-21-2013 10:25 AM

Looks good. like the purple lid!

1911Ron 01-21-2013 10:35 AM

Only one problem, it looks to clean:loco::becky: Seriously it looks good and like the table idea.

grilling24x7 01-21-2013 10:39 AM

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Originally Posted by 1911Ron (Post 2336262)
Only one problem, it looks to clean:loco::becky: Seriously it looks good and like the table idea.

I know! Not very ugly. I'll work on that with some pork fat!

Swamp Donkeyz BBQ 01-21-2013 10:39 AM

Great looking drum! You're gonna love cooking on it.

HeSmellsLikeSmoke 01-21-2013 10:40 AM

Great looking drum pit there. Congratulations

caliking 01-21-2013 10:41 AM

Time to put some ugly on it! That's a sweet lookin drum - and greatidea for the side table.

Bludawg 01-21-2013 10:46 AM

DIggin that Purple Haze Lid! ("poor choice of words" From a drug fueled youth.) "Purple Haze" & "Lid" :roll:

DadDoolz 01-21-2013 10:49 AM

Is that a bottle opener on the side... :wink: if so That is awesome add on...:clap: Everyone should have one. lol

plakers 01-21-2013 10:54 AM

Great looking drum, they look better with TBS creeping out the vents.

I would recommend keeping eyes sharp for a Weber lid as I really like the extra heigth and clearance.

ITBFQ 01-21-2013 10:55 AM

That UDS looks awesome! Nice work, man! I think I need to make myself one of these.

Skidder 01-21-2013 10:55 AM

Very nice I'm on #16. But oh I remember my first.......UDS that is!

grilling24x7 01-21-2013 10:58 AM

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Originally Posted by plakers (Post 2336295)
Great looking drum, they look better with TBS creeping out the vents.

I would recommend keeping eyes sharp for a Weber lid as I really like the extra heigth and clearance.

I tested my Weber lid (22 in performer) and it was too small. So that's why I decided against doing another cooking grate 1 inch from the top.

N8man 01-21-2013 10:59 AM

Congratulations on the Birth of your shiny new DrumPit.....

now.....git 'er dirty!!!!

Garyclaw 01-21-2013 10:59 AM

Nice work! You're going to love that thing.


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