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ThomEmery 01-26-2007 09:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by iceboxbbq
Well found me a 55gal juice drum need to burn off tan coating on the inside so I can build one of these too I think somebody started something here

Yea Rocky at BDS :)

Napper 01-26-2007 10:01 PM

Gator,

I have built 6 different drums to date and I still picked up a couple of pointers from your project!

When I build number 7 (next weekend) I will have revision 2.01!!!!!!!
A guy gave me 10 great looking drums last week. All he wanted was for me to build him a drum smoker. Got his done and have 9 more drums to play with!

Bigmista 01-26-2007 10:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Napper
Gator,

I have built 6 different drums to date and I still picked up a couple of pointers from your project!

When I build number 7 (next weekend) I will have revision 2.01!!!!!!!
A guy gave me 10 great looking drums last week. All he wanted was for me to build him a drum smoker. Got his done and have 9 more drums to play with!

Still waitin to see pics of those barrels

JamesB 01-27-2007 05:17 AM

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Originally Posted by ThomEmery
Yea Rocky at BDS :)

Nothing against Rocky, but this form of cooker has been around mucho longer than the BDS.. I know I built mine a good 2 years before the BDS came to be... It is a good/cheap cooker design tho.

James.

Bigmista 01-27-2007 05:28 AM

Here's what's leftover after cooking a few slabs of ribs...

http://www.thesurvivalgourmet.com/im...ftovercoal.jpg

thirdeye 01-27-2007 01:21 PM

I'm sure excited to see so much interest in drum smokers ... I can hardly wait for more DrumPorn to show up. Wait hell....here is some right now. :rolleyes:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...S/a86efee5.jpg

motley que 01-27-2007 01:23 PM

i just found a used drum on ebay that i can get delivered for $32, or i can drive 45 minutes and get a new one for $38. who cares, the used one had carrot juice in it. not worth the time/gas for the new one

jgh1204 01-27-2007 05:04 PM

If the new one is unlined/raw metal on the inside, it would be worth the hassle/cost over a lined/coated used one.

Kevin 01-27-2007 05:22 PM

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Originally Posted by thirdeye
I'm sure excited to see so much interest in drum smokers ... I can hardly wait for more DrumPorn to show up. Wait hell....here is some right now. :rolleyes:


thirdeye, you are the absofarkinglutely best food pornographer. I'm lazy and just take pics at the lowest resolution my camera will allow. Don't have to resize that way. I said I'm lazy.

On topic. I think I may have to build one of those drum smokers. An industrial sized WSM (as far as temperature stability, fuel consumption, and sleepy time goes) for about 25% of the cost. Actually it would cost me nothing to build one. Have the tools, metal, and access to free barrels.

motley que 01-28-2007 07:16 PM

here is the link to the used drum, if you think it looks good to go, let me know. its just hard to drive the 45 minutes i would have to go to pick up the new unlined one as its only open during
my work hours

my cost delivered is 32 vs 40 or so for a new one

http://cgi.ebay.com/Used-55-gallon-S...QQcmdZViewItem

swamprb 01-28-2007 07:39 PM

Second cook on version 2.0 not really impressed with the drafting, did chicken and fatties yesterday and spares today. Version 1.0 is forlornly sitting on bricks next to the brushpile, may have to give her a second chance. I cut up a drum with the intention of making a spacer ring to make a 43" drum. I put it together and its just too big to deal with.

jgh1204 01-28-2007 10:37 PM

We may to start calling these drums the Babyback Microwave. Did three slabs today in 4 hours, avg temp, about 220. I also did a brisket, 11lbs in 10 hours.

I am using my spicewine charcoal basket and it fits better now that I pounded down the wings on the edges. I set it on two fire bricks.

For anyone building one, I think I would recommend 3 evenly space 7/8" holes about 2" from the bottom.. Four at the most.

I have 4 1/2" holes in the top of the lid, plus numerous 1/4" holes from misplacing the bolt holes to hold the cooking grid. I was using the eyeball it and drill many times method.

I am sure the UDS would work great with a bbq guru.

Smokin Gator 01-29-2007 06:09 AM

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Alright brethren... I did my first cook on my newly built drum smoker this weekend. I did 2 racks of spares, a nearly 8 pound butt, and one fatty.

I made sure to go to church yesterday and repent as I felt I was cheating all day while cooking. This thing is too easy. I started out with about 14 pounds of Kingsford briqs in the Minion Method. Of that I used about a heavy half started in the chimney. I also added 2 small chunks of hickory and 2 small pieces of pecan. It was unbelievably easy maintain the desired temp. Just get it there, adjust the ball valve a little and it just stays there. I did notice that when I was going to tend the meat the temp would go up quite a bit afterwards. To battle this I found it helpful to close all the intakes for just a couple of minutes before I took the lid off. Then after I was done tending I would reopen and get it right back to where I wanted it. After 12 hours there was still plenty of coals left for another couple of hours. To my great surprise there was also some of the wood chunks left. Still had sweet blue to the end!!

Cooked the ribs 3-2-1. They were fall off the bone good. Next time I will foil for less time to get a little more pull.

The butt took longer than I thought to get to 200 but when it did it was awesome.

Here are some pics:

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Ribs and fatty... love that pull back

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Ribs sliced

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Ready to plate with Cock of the Walk coleslaw and beans flavored with tasters

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Butt after pulling - sorry for no pic of the butt prepull.... it was getting late!!!

ThomEmery 01-29-2007 07:57 AM

Yes they are easy cooks
As easy as a WSM
But the direct fire effect
is great
Good Lookin Q

iceboxbbq 01-29-2007 08:45 AM

Nice going Smokin Gator food looks great


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