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love2q 04-15-2013 11:26 PM

my build thread for my uds.. wooo hoo

it started like any other build i suppose one man and a dream...

it was a warm, windy day, the sun was out and spring was just starting to spring, and my love for bbq and the need to make kick a$$ brisket and such had taken hold...
so i got a barrel... and began to turn it into something that would turn meat and other thing into other great things.. an ugly drum smoker but not gonna be so ugly when done... i hope

so i set a blazing fire in the drum after cutting to top off of it..

took some measurements i got off the forum here.. thanks guys for the info
and started my basic build..
purchased a whole saw bit from menards for about 8 bucks and the pilot bit for another 4... well worth it made real clean holes and went through like butta..

nice clean holes

next my 3 year old daughter and i put in the 3/4 inch black pipe nipples into the wholes.
i used the conduit lock nuts on the inside of the drum but you really dont need too they threaded in pretty tight but mabey over time they will loosen up..

next i drilled holes for the rack.. and handles on either side making sure to use stainless steel hardware...

i used $2 handles and a $9 grill grate all from menards..

i did one more burn with the hardware on and am to the point ware i need to paint and make a table and whar not.. i have 4 shopping cart caster i scored for free i am gonna put on after i make my tabls/cart for it so i can have it be portable when i want to but be able to take the smoker off the table/cart for cleaning or repair..ect...

thats all for now....

FireNorm 04-15-2013 11:29 PM

...and then?!?!

The suspense is killing me!!!

martyleach 04-15-2013 11:34 PM

Well, a drum is certainly a start.... waiting. :)

love2q 04-20-2013 08:06 PM

there is more to come put the build on hold for a week or so so i can get neames and ranks from family for the paint job

boiler93 04-20-2013 08:22 PM

Looking good so far. Keep us posted on the progress!

RevZiLLa 04-21-2013 12:47 AM

You're going to have some fun

love2q 04-28-2013 10:53 PM

o.k i made some headway on my smoker today

i left my drum out so this is what i started with today

love2q 04-28-2013 11:07 PM
after scrubbing with some steel wool it was looking better
thought i would paint the top yellow and just mask off the designs i wanted and paint everything else black but i ended up changing how i did it.. i have a better idea next time i make one of theese.

so here is some pics of me masking off and painting the army star logo
the yellow support our troops ribbon not quite done and the army Hooah!

love2q 04-28-2013 11:23 PM

you want to take your time i got in a lil hurry here and messed it up.. but its a smoker not a porche i'm painting sooo
ill do some touch up paint and it'll get fixed..

love2q 04-28-2013 11:26 PM
here is the ribbon masked off

and here it is painted.....

so now i just have to season it and get my charcole basket done i am gonna try to be using it next weekend i hope

oifmarine2003 04-28-2013 11:30 PM

Other than the Army stuff, looking good! :wink:

martyleach 04-28-2013 11:30 PM

Git 'er done! Looks great. Now for some food. I am particularly happy that you are photo'ing it in the house. That's the way to set the tone....

love2q 04-28-2013 11:56 PM

that not the house thats my garage out back i have an old jute rug on the floor so as to not paint the floor and some chairs to sit in

love2q 04-29-2013 12:03 AM


Originally Posted by oifmarine2003 (Post 2463815)
Other than the Army stuff, looking good! :wink:

i am doing army cause i have about 12 people in the fam in the army 2 airforce and a marine
i am thankfull for all out troops

Desertracer 04-30-2013 05:38 PM

That's okay, when I built mine it was way too hot to do it outside. The kitchen was the next best place!!!

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