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N8man 04-16-2012 03:08 PM

Upgrading DrumPit Questions...
Hello Friends. The last few weeks when time allowed I would sit in my barn and imagineer...I would think what if, and why for....
I've had a Weber bottom in my way for far too long and am now undertaking the task of fitting it to my DrumPit for duty as the lid.

I'll post up a more complete detailed account of what I'm doing later, but
for the moment I need advice....I've got the traditional "Front" facing the back of the DrumPit, not like the above picture shows, and I have to come up with a snazzy new handle. Maybe a nekkid lady hood ornament perhaps... Along those lines I also need to decide upon a locking latch or latches that will pull the lid down tight. Any suggestions for said latch??? Any and all ideas are welcomed and encouraged......

colonel00 04-16-2012 03:33 PM

Honestly, as far as latches, I think that "lid" will be heavy enough to seal on its own. I used to think that you need to be completely air tight but that just isn't the case. Besides, a good bit of grease will seal it up nicely. I have had my fire go out after closing the bottom intakes and forgetting to close the top vent. Are you putting a ring around the inside to hold the lid in place? If you do really want latches, there are two types that come to mind. First is the twist type that you find on trunks and cases like this:

You could also just go with a latch like this that would be a little easier to use possibly:

^^^You could probably raid your barn and find a few of these on old tool boxes.

N8man 04-16-2012 03:49 PM

Indeed I am making use of two bands
of metal in the construction. One is mounted to the inside
of the Weber the other is mounted on the inside of
the DrumPit.....
Confused yet????
I'll try to get some shots of this tonite to better illustrate
my setup.....

landarc 04-16-2012 04:03 PM

I like the idea of the naked lady hood ornament.

colonel00 04-16-2012 04:15 PM


Originally Posted by N8man (Post 2017829)
Indeed I am making use of two bands
of metal in the construction. One is mounted to the inside
of the Weber the other is mounted on the inside of
the DrumPit.....
Confused yet????
I'll try to get some shots of this tonite to better illustrate
my setup.....

I think I know where you are going with that. I really think that between the weight and how the bands will interlock, you shouldn't need latches unless you need to lock it up to keep people from stealing your food :becky:

Are you going to hinge the lid? That might play more into how you have all of the rings and such as a hinge might interfere with how the lid pivots.

caliking 04-16-2012 05:42 PM

I believe some have used toggle clamps with good results. Maybe some brethren who have used them can chime in?

N8man 04-17-2012 06:59 AM

Gather ‘round chitlins whilst I whittle ye out a yarn..
Way back in ‘07 or so, I cuts me off a rib from a drum
while making an extension to my DrumPit, and also,
a DrumGrill........

It’s that very rib I have futher trimmed down, kids,
to fit real snug like inside the DrumPit, up against the side
of the lip ........

No squinting needed, a little closer look, for the weak eyed amongst us ........

I used a piece of bar stock
to form a lip on the inside
of the Weber Grill bottom,
bent it with me teeth, I did........

Dry fitted and it is a fine marriage of all parts.
Comfortably Snug........... Hey! Ain’t that a song, man!?!?........

Temporary handle, I am no Marty Leach........

Salvaged heavy steel vaccum frame hinge
aligned perfectly to the Weber handle holes!!
It’s my lucky day!!!! I best goes play the lottery........

Used the 1” bar stock to make an anchor bracket
for attaching the bottom hinge half onto the bolt
of the drum band clamp and for making the spring receivers
bolted to the top hinge half. On the lower band clamp bolt
I’ve fitted a metal fence bracket for the springs to a'fasten........

Upon opening, the springs provide both
the right amount of tension for lift assist
and keeps the lid stable when raised........

A lawnmower wheel mount was fitted to
the band clamp bolt and postioned behind
the upper hinge half to act as a backstop.
It’s sure gosh’a’mighty sturdy right there, too ........

Under the hood I’ve bolted the Weber ash tray
to dampen the vent holes on the Weber bottom.
I’ll adjust the spacing when next I set spark to flame .......

Gaping maw of barbecues to come.......

I've still much to do.............

Bbqin fool 04-17-2012 07:04 AM

Ingeniuity at it's finest!:clap::hail:

Randbo 04-17-2012 09:25 AM

I say you are having fun! I use the bottoms on two of my UDS. I left the ash sweepers in place and use them as adjustable vents. However they are always wide open when in use. I only shut them to choke out the fire at the end.I have never understood the worry about a super tight fitting lid that has to have air vents in it? I don't care if a little smoke comes out around the lid. It has to come out some place. I have no use for latches except for in transporting it. The weight of the lid is enough for me. Have fun with your project! It is looking great! :clap2:

N8man 04-17-2012 11:57 AM

Did I mention I'm doing this with hand tools, i.e. hand hacksaw,
hand drills, metal file, 5" c-clamps and spring clamps???

OutlawSwine 04-17-2012 12:25 PM

Me likes the backwoods engineering. Me like a lot.

N8man 04-17-2012 02:49 PM

On the refurbished DrumPit buggy
complete with a front bumper....

Securing the DrumPit to it's buggy has never been
a concern of mine before, but I gots friends that
wants me to visit them, bringing along
the DrumPit, of course, and I'm trying to make it
travel ready....Bracing the sides....

And the rear support...just fleshing it all out now, gonna replace the Weber
leg with some heavier metal piping....

More adventures to follow.......

HB-BBQ 04-17-2012 09:43 PM

That looks awesome Nate, great engineering.

OutlawSwine 04-17-2012 09:49 PM

Well you've got the pop-up top. Now you need to add a foot pedal like the pop top garbage cans have. THEN WE WILL BE IMPRESSED. :-P

Lookin good my man.

fingerlickin' 04-17-2012 11:56 PM

N8 Macguyver. Loving the mods brother.

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