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Beerwolf 06-10-2007 12:47 AM

OK.,,, you really got my curiousity going now.... where can I find a good pictorial on building one of these things??

qman 06-10-2007 05:39 AM

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Originally Posted by Beerwolf (Post 408927)
OK.,,, you really got my curiousity going now.... where can I find a good pictorial on building one of these things??

Beerwolf, your question makes it sound like you may not have started at the begining of this thread. If not, that would be a very good place to start.

bman 06-10-2007 07:08 AM

yeah, plenty of info and pics....now all I need to find is some good barrels....Any ideas what type business I could bug for cheap or free barrels?

bman

thirdeye 06-10-2007 11:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Beerwolf (Post 408927)
OK.,,, you really got my curiousity going now.... where can I find a good pictorial on building one of these things??

Yeah, what qman said. Hey, nice avatar. :mrgreen:

JW 06-10-2007 12:37 PM

Here's a photo of one of my drum smokers, as you can see it is a little different. I used a section of 2 inch steel/aluminum exhaust tubing to make a fresh air intake tube. I welded it in the drum about 2 inches from the bottom. On top of the air intake tube I have an adjustable slide to regulate the amount of air entering the drum and to also act as a rain guard. I used a piece of 3 inch steel/aluminum exhaust tubing to make an exhaust stack, it also has an adjustable slide to act as a rain guard. There is no bending over to adjust the air intake ballvalves. (This makes it alot easier on the 'ol back, not alot of bending and easy to see if cooking at night in areas that don't have good light) Construction is open to the imagination. :idea:

http://usera.imagecave.com/TNroadrid...ic001-copy.jpg

I placed 5th in both pork shoulder and chicken using this smoker design at the 1st comp I carried it too.:-D

bman 06-10-2007 12:41 PM

I like your idea there JW, is the air control similar to the "Ball Valve" Method?

JW 06-10-2007 01:01 PM

Thanks Bman, hopefully you can see in this photo how the slide is made. I have a support brace from the barrell to the air tube. It is about 1 1/2 - 2 inches wide. I cut a piece of 16 gauge steel so that it completely covers the air tube opening plus about 3/16 inch overhang all the way around in a teardrop shape. This provides an extension finger on the cover that I drilled a 1/4" clearance hole in and then fastened to the support brace with a 1/4" stud and wing nut. I can loosen the wing nut then move the cover to either open or close off the air tube opening to obtain the desired air flow for the cooking temp I need. I find that it is usually open less than 1/2 inch and will stay at 220 degrees throughout the cooking cycle.

http://usera.imagecave.com/TNroadrid...ic002-copy.jpg

I have problems out of the 'ol back from time to time that limits my bending over to adjust the conventional design UDS. As you can see there are also no ball valves to purchase. The air tube never gets hot and you can adjust the air intake cover with your bare hands. The cover on the exhaust stack stays open during the cooking cycle.

I'll try to get some better photos later this evening.

keale 06-10-2007 01:33 PM

[quote=JW;409088]Construction is open to the imagination. :idea:

or skills, or tools! :-D
very nice drum!

thirdeye 06-10-2007 01:40 PM

JW,

There was a guy, I think on a YouTube video, that had the same set-up. You never think about it, but draft is draft no matter where the opening.

I've played with idea of ordering a Guru adaptor and mounting it to my BDS for winter cooks. I would need some kind kind of S shaped tube, either outside or inside the cooker, so the fan would not be right on the ground (and in the snow). I haven't done it because it works so well as is.

A bigger side table, maybe removeable, is next on the list.

biffleg 06-10-2007 02:12 PM

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Originally Posted by thirdeye (Post 409131)
A bigger side table, maybe removeable, is next on the list.

I'm not going to say I wasn't paying attention this morning it church - but the thought of a side table mod did run through my mind. Trying to figure out what would be a good size.

thirdeye 06-10-2007 02:33 PM

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Originally Posted by biffleg (Post 409144)
I'm not going to say I wasn't paying attention this morning it church - but the thought of a side table mod did run through my mind. Trying to figure out what would be a good size.


This one is okay for thermometers and other gadgets. I'm thinking one that goes a quarter of the way around, following the contour of the drum and about 8" deep. I'm just not sure what I would put on it. :rolleyes:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...S/25bbadff.jpg

circle m 06-10-2007 03:02 PM

no door needed
 
I have 6 1/2" close nipples around the bottom of my drum, usually cook with 3-4 open, depends on how much meat is on the grill. I have 8 holes in the lid, 6 are 1/2", 2 are 7/8". I drilled out two of them to get my temps a little higher
I took a charcoal grate from a a 22" kettle and welded expanded metal around it for the fire box. The grate has 3" of metal below it for air and ash, and 10" above the grate. It holds 12 pounds of charcoal, and 34 fist sized chnks of wood.
The best run I've done is 12 hours with 12 pounds of charcoal, holding 225 degrees at the meat height. You're going to love cooking on this thing, when it's time to clean out, just tip it over.
I ran to loads of charcoal with a little wood to season mine.

circle m 06-10-2007 03:04 PM

good drums available
 
If you're looking for clean food grade drums, there's a gun in las vegas selling like new drums for 20.00 on e bay.

bman 06-10-2007 03:18 PM

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Originally Posted by circle m (Post 409163)
If you're looking for clean food grade drums, there's a gun in las vegas selling like new drums for 20.00 on e bay.


Yeah, been looking at that. But shipping to me is like 45.00. I am trying to get some cheaper than 65.00. But, if I cant find them local, then......ebay it is.

tntitan 06-10-2007 03:35 PM

when i finished mine i got it hot and rubbed veg. oil on the inside and out instead of painting mine it looks like gloss black paint i put oil in a spray bottle and started spraying


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