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LostSoul 11-19-2012 01:43 PM

New guy need help
 
First off I'd like to thank everyone, I have enjoyed reading and learned so much from these threads! New guy here, found a drum for my first UDS and fired up the initial burn. I waited a couple of days and emptied out the ashes only to find a hole burned out of the bottom of the drum! I'm pretty bummed out. Can I still use the drum? I don't have a welder so I can't weld down a new bottom but I was thinking of bolting down some sheet metal. Has this happened to anyone else? What do y'all think?

Wampus 11-19-2012 01:45 PM

Maybe if you put high temp silicone around the outside edge it would seal well enough?

Swamp Donkeyz BBQ 11-19-2012 02:08 PM

+1 on the silicone. I would think as long as you got it sealed up good you should be fine.

chicagokp 11-19-2012 02:20 PM

Is it am open head drum? Some folks cut the bottom out and put the locking end at the bottom. Makes for easy cleaning. Then you could used a kettle top from a donor? I suppose you'd have to drill new intakes and plug up the ones that would now be on the top but that would be pretty easy.

Hook_Line_and_Sinker 11-19-2012 09:04 PM

Use a lid for the bottom works just fine

LostSoul 11-20-2012 10:21 PM

Well I called the company I bought this drum from and told them what happened. They were super cool and gave me a replacement at no charge! Ditty in El Monte. built the smoker today and its out back with its initial seasoning smoke as I type! Thanks all who responded. I will be smoking a brisket tomorrow morning. Any tips for a newb are welcome!

chicagokp 11-21-2012 06:24 AM

I would break a uds with something other than brisket. Try a naked fattie (a jimmy dean sausage tube) and then cook a pork butt. They are more forgiving especially if you have problems with the uds.

IamMadMan 11-21-2012 06:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LostSoul (Post 2277086)
Well I called the company I bought this drum from and told them what happened. They were super cool and gave me a replacement at no charge! Ditty in El Monte. built the smoker today and its out back with its initial seasoning smoke as I type! Thanks all who responded. I will be smoking a brisket tomorrow morning. Any tips for a newb are welcome!

Great... It's refreshing when someone stand behind their sale of an item..


Quote:

Originally Posted by chicagokp (Post 2277171)
I would break a uds with something other than brisket. Try a naked fattie (a jimmy dean sausage tube) and then cook a pork butt. They are more forgiving especially if you have problems with the uds.

^+1 - I agree, a brisket first time around in a new UDS can wrong quickly even if you have cooked them before on other types of cookers.
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HeSmellsLikeSmoke 11-21-2012 06:39 AM

Why was a hole burned into the bottom in the first place? Do you have a charcoal basket with enough air space below? Is the drum up off the ground on something like three bricks?


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