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swamprb 02-02-2013 11:33 AM

**Secrets of the Big Drum Smokers Revealed!**
I will let the pictures do the talking, due to a lack intellectual property, but I can tell you the intake and exhaust holes are smaller than beer bottle cap.

The most common BDS Clone is the 55 gallon open drum.

The mystery hole makers

the cook grate sweet spot

Charcoal basket


Modified factory air intake plugs

Dr BBQ Approved!

Now, what to do if you have an 85 gallon drum??

Well, you gotta get a couple 26.75" Weber OTG cook grates, then you can get rollin'.

Sweet spot grate specs

But, but, I wanna Mini BDS swamprb!

Well, you too can experience the wonder of the awesomeness if you can scrounge up a 15 gallon drum!

Gonna have to get you a 14" Smokey Joe cook grate.

And make yourself a charcoal basket

But, but, but...I have a 30 gallon drum with no lid swamprb...what can I do??

Well, here is what I did, because I had a rustbucket 18" Bar-B-Kettle...and I cut the lip off the bowl and tack welded it to a 30 gallon drum without a lid.

I hope this clears up any confusion. Feel free to ask me any crass questions offline. If you can't figure it out, go to and check out the cook pics for yourself and see why I am stoked about the simplicity of the Big Drum Smoker.

thirtydaZe 02-02-2013 12:12 PM

Gosh darn i am a sucker for chicken pr0n!

J-Rod 02-02-2013 12:25 PM

Nice cookers! I'm currently hunting for a 15gal. myself, can't wait to make a mini!

Ijustwantedtolookatpics 02-02-2013 12:31 PM

That mini is awesome!
Great post thanks for sharing

Bbq Bubba 02-02-2013 12:46 PM

Protected intellectual property.....

Smokin Patriots 02-02-2013 12:51 PM

Nice Pics!

Bludawg 02-02-2013 12:56 PM

:shock:I feel honored to be among such great minds.I feel so out matched:roll:
Redneck engineering protected property

Toney Marconi 02-02-2013 01:10 PM

Proprietary signage (makes it taste mobetta)

I even left a little tan liner in it

Freddy j 02-02-2013 01:22 PM


Originally Posted by Bludawg (Post 2351652)

Love the all terrain.

Awesome pits, I really like the mini and the thighs on the look outta this world. I'd sure like a mini like that painted up like the red one.

swamprb 02-02-2013 02:06 PM

Oh by the way.. on my Big Drum Smoker clones, you will never, ever see them cooking with a heat deflector, waterpan, diffuser, or any other contraption to make them indirect.

Although, I have cooked with a small charcoal ring for short 4-5 hour cooks with the basket offset near the side of barrel next to an intake with excellent results, courtesy of advice from Bubba and Jeff at the 2008 Jack Daniels!

And to quote Bubba- ''pretty wins, but ugly pays!"

---k--- 02-02-2013 02:37 PM

Thanks for all the details in one place. Most excellent. This needs to get added to the Roadmap.

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sweetheatbbq 02-02-2013 04:12 PM

Is that red hi temp paint? If so where did you get it?

landarc 02-02-2013 06:45 PM

Did you buy a drum warehouse?

dadsr4 02-02-2013 08:30 PM

No rebar or meat hooks?

swamprb 02-03-2013 01:19 AM


Originally Posted by sweetheatbbq (Post 2351851)
Is that red hi temp paint? If so where did you get it?

Dupli-Color High Temp Engine paint with Ceramic.

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