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N8man 05-17-2007 10:04 PM

Lil' Smoker
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Howdy all....I just got myself a few 55 gal open head steel drums and intend to start my first UDS build this weekend after work. The info the forum has provided is invaluable.
But I need to ask about my lids...there is a rubber gasket surrounding the lip.
Should I take that off? I'm think I should because heat plus rubber surely equals meltage and tire-like burning! All input is most welcome!!!
I also wanted to post some pics of my current smoker; Weber 18.5" with some mods... It's small but gets the job done!!!

smokebuzz 05-17-2007 10:08 PM

That's too cool!, how ya like it ?

QansasjayhawQ 05-17-2007 10:09 PM

Man! That is cool - what a great concept!

Yeah, I can't imagine rubber anywhere on a smoker being A Good Thing.

Meat Burner 05-17-2007 10:13 PM

Well that's slicker n chit! Real cool.

N8man 05-17-2007 10:13 PM

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I almost forgot...finished smoked meat pron...Pork Butt and my first fatty...

JohnMcD348 05-17-2007 10:20 PM

That is way cool Dude. Welcome to the fray. You're gonna fit in real nice 'round here.

N8man 05-17-2007 10:21 PM


Originally Posted by smokebuzz (Post 396452)
That's too cool!, how ya like it ?

It turned out better than I could hope. Once it's up to temp, 250*, it cruises
for 4 and a half hours before I have to add charcoal and a few more wood chunks. The Pork Butt turned out excellant with nice bark...And the fatty vanished rather quickly.....

Harbormaster 05-17-2007 10:25 PM

OK. I used to think I was the King of Cobble (aka backyard engineering).

I yield my claim. ALL HAIL N8MAN! ALL HAIL N8MAN!

So I reckon you can put meat on what was the charcoal grate too?
What kind of burn time do you get with that tiny fire box, and how hot does your cooker get?

Dovid 05-17-2007 10:29 PM

Nice looking mod!
I think that looks so slick!
From all that I've seen, you will really love the drum smoker. Way longer cooking with less effort and no refueling.

It gets me thinking that maybe we can sit the whole weber atop a drum which would seal the drum...mmm well, maybe not.

For sure you want to remove the rubber gasket. I think that a bead of high temp silicone might be useful in its place, but maybe it is not even needed.

Have fun!

N8man 05-17-2007 10:35 PM

With the air intake set just right I can hold 250* for 4 and a half hours then it drops down to 220* about another 30 minutes. With it at full throttle I can reach 400* for about an hour and a half. I haven't tried to cook on the charcoal grate yet but I imagine it would be possible, but I think the meat would be to close to the fire and intense heat.

Plowboy 05-17-2007 10:37 PM

That is way cool.

jacob 05-17-2007 11:07 PM

I can only add what my Brother's have already stated, that's just too cool.

Mooner 05-17-2007 11:16 PM


Originally Posted by jacob65 (Post 396509)
I can only add what my Brother's have already stated, that's just too cool.

Second that. We may have a new smoker design for the Brethren.

N8man 05-17-2007 11:20 PM

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Originally Posted by jacob65 (Post 396509)
I can only add what my Brother's have already stated, that's just too cool.

Thank y'all very much for the kind comments. I have one more pic to post about this cooking session. It's of my Daddy, Odell making his nummie face whilst eating on some fatty sandwich, bless his heart, he ain't got a tooth in his head....enjoy

N8man, son of Odell, son of Luther

outside ed 05-17-2007 11:22 PM

Outstanding, I wish I was that handy. Good luck on your drum build, I love mine and will be doing another one over the summer. Ed.

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