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zacman 09-14-2011 03:26 PM

My Web Flamed UDS Build Thread!
Hello All

Here is my Web Flamed UDS build thread. First I want to thank everyone on this site I could not have done or even know about a UDS without the Mother of all UDS threads. I spent a week reading the entire thread and planning the build before I started anything. I truly believe a good build of anything is done in the planning stages. I spent one month building this as it evolved, adapted, and changed many times along the way. This was hands down one of the most enjoyable and fun projects I have ever done. My friend Travis did all the welding and was invaluable on helping on the design and final product. We really tried to make as many of the pieces we could by ourselves and drill as few holes as possible. Well without any more babbling here are the pictures and be warned there are a ton.

The refurbished barrel, sheet of expanded metal, and angle Iron

Starting the basket

Used 2 2x4 and standing on crowbar to bend, then ending up just beating it into shape with huge pipe wrench.

Starting the Shelves

Welded one cleaned up

Starting the shelf supports

All 4 done, they match up pretty good, love playing with that round bar

Grinding and sanding time.. This part seemed to take forever

All Clean

Making the tire mounts. 5/8 bolt with heads cut off welded to ¾ angle iron.

Handle 1, started with 2 webs just didn’t look right

Went from 2 webs to 3, still didn’t look right, went to 4 then did cross webs. Was just too much cut out all but one cross web

Filled in the center with more round bar, then grind like crazy

Was time to clean the barrel so sprayed the inside with oven cleaner and the outside with paint stripper. Then I took the grinder to the whole thing and then burnt the hell out of it with the weed burner just to be safe.

Start welding the shelves and supports on

Tack weld all the nipples inside for a clean look

Weld 3 shelf supports the middle one being exactly 24” from bottom of basket. 2 others just in case I want baked beans underneath or ABT’s up top. I made each bracket curved so that when you put the grates in the automatically center themselves.

Welding the back handle on which was 2” square bar cut and welded and angled to the barrel, was very easy to do and worked great.

Next I wanted an internal baffle for my chimney. I cut a circle out of flat metal then grinded it is so it was a very tight fit. Made a small web handle and tried to center it just perfect. Welded it all together so no bolts needed. It came out better than I could have hoped and has a very satisfying “click” when it closes. We were off just a bit so it only opens and closes one way but it is great for shutting it down!

Was time to put on the valves extension which I drilled the coupling and then put a small screw through. I put a nut on top of that with locktight and held it together. Then I welded a washer under my shelf to support it. Grinded the top of bar flat used ball valve hand with rubber cut off so it was shiny.

Top and back handles welded on

All cleaned up and ready for paint!

Paint it black with a pint of 1200 degree semi-gloss

Let the paint cure for 5 days then wrap with automotive tape and draw out the flames.

Up next the finished project!

zacman 09-14-2011 03:30 PM

The Finished UDS Pictures
So here is the finished basket. I used carriage bolts not stainless just soaked them in muriatic acid for a day and all that nasty zinc was gone. I put them though the underside with a tight hole they work as 3 little feet so it is stable. The handle was square bar we just heated and bent. A piece of flat bar for the seam and she is built like a tank!

The finished UDS I am going to let the pictures do the talking from here. Enjoy!

If that is not enough pictures you can visit my Photobucket site and see them all. Over 200

Hope you like it :becky:

zacman 09-14-2011 03:32 PM

The First Cook
So to celebrate finishing this project I threw a party and decided to cook my very first Brisket, Fatty, and ABT’s! I got a Keg of beer and a 16.5 LBS packer and broke her in right 

Here is a link to the whole affair if you’re so inclined.

Thanks for looking!

gtr 09-14-2011 03:34 PM

Awesome! When should I come pick it up - or are you gonna send it to me? :heh:

Very, very nice work - you got skills, brother! :clap2:

JMSetzler 09-14-2011 03:35 PM

Ok. that is the BADDEST drum smoker I have ever seen. I have nothing more to say :) Fantastic job!

Pappy 09-14-2011 03:35 PM

Enjoying this thread.

Phubar 09-14-2011 03:36 PM


colonel00 09-14-2011 03:39 PM

That is very cool. Very creative as well.

deguerre 09-14-2011 03:40 PM

Good lord! That's not a UDS, that's a work of art!

Moose 09-14-2011 03:41 PM

Wow...just wow! :jaw:

That's probably the most amazing drum I've seen. Awesome work! :clap:

N8man 09-14-2011 03:44 PM

Thanx for sharing!!!

Carbon 09-14-2011 03:46 PM


Sammy_Shuford 09-14-2011 03:47 PM

That is nothing but SWEET!

Skidder 09-14-2011 03:54 PM

Shades of Paulie Jr......American Chopper style. I mean this as a complement. Very nice work!!

kitts21 09-14-2011 04:44 PM

Wow, Farkin fantastic job brther. You know how to do some serious fab work. This is a perfect example of why I love UDS's. They are only limited by your imagination( and my case budget). Happy Q'ing my friend.

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